Sunday worship for the Arabic-Speaking Congregation is held at 9:00 a.m. in the large, cathedral-like sanctuary of the Redeemer church. The service is entirely in Arabic, although Pastor Zu’mot will occasionally speak in English or another language to help visitors find the hymns and Scripture texts.
Using a formal Lutheran liturgy and hymns in the Arabic language, the congregation sings and participates with energy and joy. The familiar cadence of the Lutheran Liturgy enables non-Arabic speakers to recognize, for instance, the Nicene Creed and Lord’s Prayer, and participate in his or her own language. It is an experience recommended for all non-Arabic speakers who visit the Holy Land!
Following the worship service, the Arabic-speaking congregation joins with the English-speaking congregation for coffee, tea, and conversation.
During the spring and summer months, the Arabic-speaking congregation worships one Sunday each month at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, located adjacent to the Augusta Victoria Hospital on the Lutheran World Federation Jerusalem campus on the Mount of Olives. This beautiful space is more accessible to our members with mobility constraints.
During the week, church meetings and activities are held at the church center located in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, a few miles north of the Old City, toward Ramallah. The center is a remodeled house on the main road to Ramallah, a location that is more convenient for many church members. Women’s group meetings are held weekly in the center, as are youth groups, children’s activities, and administrative meetings. But with a large percentage of the Arabic-speaking Redeemer congregation now living on the opposite side of the Separation Wall between Jerusalem and the West Bank, even this location no longer solves the difficulties of coming together as a congregation.
The Rev. Fursan Zu’mot
P.O. Box 14076,