Week of: April 30, 2017
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem ...
(Luke 24:13, NRSV)
A lot can happen in seven miles. To a marathon runner, traveling seven miles is a piece of cake. For those of us slightly more asthmatic, seven miles is a very long distance. However, when walking at a conversational pace, seven miles offers time for relationship to begin.
When the disciples encounter Jesus, they don’t recognize him immediately. For them to see who he is, it takes more interaction - a journey, a conversation and a meal. We worship artists and theologians who work within the fourfold pattern of worship are grateful for this story because it provides the basis for the Service of Word and Table. We gather to begin a journey, we walk and talk, we eat, and we leave to tell "what had happened on the road" (Luke 24:35, NRSV).
Where are you leading your congregation in worship? Are you accompanying them on the journey, talking and breaking bread along the way?
God, you meet us on the road as we encounter the risen Christ in this Easter season and throughout the year. May we always feel the presence of your Spirit in the journey, the conversation, the breaking of bread, and the eyes of our neighbors as we share the Good News. Amen.