Sunday 25th -Walking with Jesus Our Own Road to Emmaus

Sunday Worship this week has been prepared by Dr Rob Hunter who will lead the service in person at 10am.

Opening Words: Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Hymn – In Christ Alone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16KYvfIc2bE

Opening Prayer:

For the right roads we avoid travelling, and the kind words we refuse to share; for the false gods we worship and the true selves we have starved of love.

Jesus walk with us and by Your Father’s Grace forgive us.

For the hidden hurts we hold to tightly, and the promises which we never keep; for the careless use of our time and money and the lame excuses we should never have made,

Jesus walk with us and by your Father’s Grace forgive us.

For all we should be, and all we can amend

Lord Jesus walk with us and by Your Father’s Grace – Renew Us.

All this we ask in Your Glorious Name, Lord Jesus.

Amen

Let us thank God for each other as we share in worship, as we come to pray and praise. Let us thank God for the witness of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit to inspire and move us. Amen.

We bring ourselves to a moment of quiet, to a place of peace, to this place of safety and welcome. We bring ourselves to cast off the cares of the world

and for a time to reflect on you, Lord God,

that our batteries may be recharged,

our direction be refocused and our energy renewed;

that we may let go of things that hamper us

and be free to care gently for those we share time with.

O God, we pray, renew us that we may renew others.

We give thanks, Lord God,

for the gentle caring people in the world

whose love of you radiates from their lives.

For their gentleness of voice and touch,

for their gentle smile, their listening ear,

their quiet reassurance and understanding,

their patience and perseverance with us.

We thank you, Lord God,that you have touched the lives of these people

and have enabled them to touch our lives

and bring us to our faith and enrich our knowledge of you.

Amen.

Walking alone?

From the Bible: Luke 24: 13-34

On the road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognising him.

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’

19 ‘What things?’ he asked.

‘About Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.’

25 He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going further. 29 But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other,‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has ri