Repurposed rock brings hope to Massachusetts church vandalized with swastikas

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By Susie
Davidson/JNS.org

SHARON,
Mass.—One month after a large rock was thrown through the windows of a Sharon,
Mass., church—in addition to swastikas being painted on the church doors and a
banner for an upcoming Jerusalem Day celebration being shredded—the same rock was
repurposed as a symbol of hope during an event featuring noted televangelist
Dr. Pat Robertson.

Click photo to download. Caption: From left to right, at the Victory Assembly of God Church’s United Jerusalem Day Celebration on May 19 in Sharon, Mass.: Cathy Lanyard, executive director of American Friends of ALYN Hospital; Dr. Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Pastor Joe Green, director of outreach ministries for Victory Assembly of God Church; and Rabbi Jonathan Hausman of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Stoughton, Mass. Credit: Victory Assembly of God Church. Credit: Victory Assembly of God Church.

At the Victory
Assembly of God Church on Sunday, the rock, which was inscribed with the words
of Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon forged against you shall prosper,” became the
centerpiece of a renewed and undeterred Jerusalem Day celebration at the
church.

“This is a
time to celebrate our love for the Jewish people and for Israel,” said
Robertson, chairman of the Christian
Broadcasting Network (CBN)
and host of its “700 Club” show.

“When people
ask me why, as a Baptist, I have such love, I tell them it is because we
worship a Jew, who lived in Nazareth and died in the city of Jerusalem,” Robertson
told the transfixed, capacity crowd of congregants, Jews from area synagogues,
and Rabbis Jonathan H. Hausman, Barry Starr and Jonina Pritzker. Outside,
Sharon police and fire department officials, and a local security, company
maintained a tight presence, screening each entrant and eschewing phones and
electronics.

According to
its website, which features a photo of the repurposed rock on its home page,
the church, which has a congregation of 250 and holds activities for adults,
youth and children, seeks to “build relationships, strengthen families and
encounter God through meaningful worship.”

Click photo to download. Caption: The rock thrown through the windows of Victory Assembly of God Church in Sharon, Mass., last month has been repurposed as a symbol of hope, inscribed with the words of Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon forged against you
shall prosper.” Credit: Victory Assembly of God Church.

Speakers at
the event, which became a fundraising drive for Jerusalem’s ALYN Hospital, also
included Shai Bazak, consul general of Israel to New England, and Col. Amnon
Meir, the Israel Defense Forces’ liaison officer to the U.S. Army Training and
Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

Bazak
explained that his first name, Shai, was an acronym for Jerusalem—appropriate
because Bazak was born in 1967, just after the city’s reunification.

“It is a part
of my name,” he said of Jerusalem, adding that when he suffers from any stress,
a vein in his forehead even forms his name’s first Hebrew letter, Shin. The
gravestone of Bazak’s father on Jerusalem’s historic Mount of Olives cemetery
reads, “One of the liberators of the City of Jerusalem.”

“Jerusalem of
gold, iron, war, peace, tears, hope, of children and of elderly people;
everyone has a piece of Jerusalem in their heart,” Bazak said.

Meir, a
veteran of the second Lebanon War, said, “It was tough, but I knew …read more
Source: JNS.org

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