Adventures in Thessaloniki
Our Sunday began with the our hotel’s delicious breakfast (including Greek yogurt with honey – yum!) and then it was on to Philadelphia Church, where Pastor Heather preached a message somewhat familiar to those of us who were at NCC services last weekend. What was unfamiliar, however, was the Greek translation of each line by Melina, who was equally as animated as Heather.
The worship (in both Greek and English) was also amazing (and brought to mind Revelation’s passage talking about people of every language worshipping before the throne of God). We also watched the video of “Twenty Seven Million,” the new song by Matt Redman and LZ7 aiming to raise awareness of the anti-human trafficking movement and done in support of the A21 Campaign. I’d encourage you to download the song from iTunes and check out the video below:
After church, we headed to yet another delectable Greek banquet for lunch and then it was off on a tour of Thessaloniki with Tony Sebastian, founder of iHeart Café, and everyone’s new best friend, his 6-year-old (almost 7!) son Brady. We visited the Roman forum, St. Demetrios Church, the Rotunda, Galerius Arch and palace ruins, the White Tower, and the waterfront. One of the highlights was the not-quite-as-old-as-that-other-stuff iHeart Café, which was inspired in part by our very own Ebenezers Coffeehouse.