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.

Hallelujah!

Glory be to you.

God, our strength and our redeemer.


Hymn: MPC 30 Alleluia ,alleluia , give thanks to the risen lord


Prayer


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

Today

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