The Road to Emmaus - Sunday 11th April
Sunday worship will be led by Mike Furborough, the service he prepared is reproduced here for those who are unable to attend.
We will be looking at some of the encounters with the risen Jesus this week but of course the joy and celebrations of Easter and the resurrection this week have been dampened by the news of the passing of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday - a very sad day for our Queen and nation.
Our prayers and thoughts will be with the Queen and her family this week.
Call to Worship
Jesus Christ, we greet you!
Your hands still have holes in them.
Your feet are wet from the dew;
And with the memory of our names
Undimmed by three days of death
You meet us,
Risen from the grave.
We fail to understand how;
We puzzle at the reason why.
But you have come:
Not to answer our questions,
But to show us your face,
You are alive,
And the world can rejoice again.
Glory be to you.
God, our strength and our redeemer.
Hymn: MPC 30 Alleluia ,alleluia , give thanks to the risen lord
Dear God, who sent your son Jesus to us,
We praise you for the power of your forgiving, life-giving love.
We thank you for raising Jesus from the dead.
We thank you for the wonderful gifts of forgiveness and salvation
that we can enjoy because of Jesus.
We thank you for the Bible, which has helped us see how God’s love transformed the lives of Jesus’ first followers.
We thank you for the way your love transforms
our own lives and communities.
We love you and want to follow Jesus.
We see your love at work all sound us
Thank you for continuing to live in and around us.
Thank you that your love leads through suffering to joy.
Thank you that your love is stronger than death. Amen.
— from Called and Shaped by Jesus: Lent-at-Home 2011 written by Elsie Rempel,
The Lord’s Prayer
Here’s an introduction, where the story of Jesus’ encounter with the disciples on the road to Emmaus is explored (Luke 24:13-35). It appears on Craig Mitchell’s Mountain Masala website.
Easter is not an event that has occurred
it's an adventure that has begun
not a place that we have visited
but a path on which we stand
a story not complete, but unfolding
characters still breathing
stations still teeming
with the promise of new life
not just for you and me
but for all people, in all places
a cosmic crux a turning point of time
Easter is the season
of wild hope
of dangerous intent
of potent promise
where the future flaps unfurled. in the spirit’s breeze
where hopes bubble. with uncorked effervescence
where toes tap. to free-form rhythms
where rainbow hues splash empty canvas
we continue the journey
we re-enter the story
to explore our questions
to uncover our doubts
to face our nagging need
We walk the path
of two who traveled a dusty road
wrapped in confusion and despair
two who shared the company of a stranger
voicing their pain
airing their fears
and in the listening
heard words of hope and promise
and in the eating
received true bread of life
Today we re-enter the story
with expectation that Christ