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On the Road (Again)

The Road to Emmaus is an understated, but beloved, post-Resurrection account of the Risen Christ.

It beautifully interweaves distinctive characteristics of the Gospel of Luke, for example the Holy Spirit is the force that drives Jesus further down the road towards places of hospitality and shared table fellowship – or road trips, friendly faces, and yummy food!

The Road to Emmaus happens on the evening of the Resurrection.

There are two disciples on a seven-mile road trip from Jerusalem to Emmaus. These seven-miles might not sound adventurous, or be considered a legitimate road trip, but it was on foot alone and wearing sandals in a hot, sandy desert. We do not know the purpose for their road trip, but perhaps the disciples found it therapeutic; similar to how a Jeep, a dirt country road, and the radio turned up is for me.

These disciples, during these seven-miles, were not on the road to Emmaus alone but also grief recovery.

These disciples are processing the grief of witnessing the arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death of their beloved rabbi and friend.

These disciples are processing the grief of hope lost, for they had hoped Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2020 in Sermons

 

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Easter Evening on the Road to Emmaus

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It is the evening of the Resurrection. Two disciples are traveling the seven miles to Emmaus while processing Jesus’ arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death. They are grieving not only the death of their rabbi (teacher) and beloved friend, but also their hope that Jesus had been the long-awaited Messiah to ‘save us’. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Devotions/Reflections

 

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A Different Easter

Alleluia! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

This is our proclamation of the Resurrection on Easter morning!
And yet, this Easter is different.

  • We postponed the Community Easter Egg Hunt.
  • We postponed the Congregational Breakfast.
  • We are not gathered together within the church building adorning our Sunday best, including Easter dresses and suits, for an elaborate worship experience adorned in lilies and tulips.

Perhaps, you are in comfortable jammies, drinking coffee, and listening along.
I hope you are.

And yet, THIS might be the most authentic Resurrection morning of our lifetime.

As read on Facebook:
“Maybe, for once, we celebrate Easter differently. Maybe, we celebrate the Resurrection just as the Disciples did: Alone, in the silence, hoping the faith outweighs the fear.” (Casey Kerins).

After the arrest, passion, and crucifixion of Jesus the Christ, the disciples are frightened.

We are frightened Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Sermons

 

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Awakening

We are in this time of post-Resurrection stories of Jesus the Christ.

Our scripture last Sunday was the infamous “Doubting Thomas”. Thomas had one moment of doubt and a lifetime of service, but is remembered for that one moment of doubt. Perhaps, we have been quick to judge Thomas because his doubt was shared by all the disciples according to our scripture this morning (Luke 24: 36-48).

Jesus the Christ appears in the locked (dark) room and says “peace be with you”. These disciples, similar to Thomas, are wondering what is happening. These disciples, similar to Thomas and ourselves, do not expect our deceased loved ones to be resurrected and to suddenly appear to us in a locked and darkened room.

Therefore, these disciples begin to say within their hearts and minds “this must be the ghost (“spirit”) of our teacher (Rabbi)”. The disciples do not voice this doubt, and yet Jesus knows it.

Jesus asks ‘why do doubts arise? I am not a ghost. See! Look at my hands and feet for I am bone and flesh’.

This raises a question for me: how did Jesus get into the locked room?

NO WONDER the disciples are trying to figure out what is happening.
NO WONDER doubt arises within their minds and hearts.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Sermons

 

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Our ‘Road to Emmaus’

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Last week, we had a beloved and familiar text from the Gospel of John which was ‘Doubting Thomas’. I talked about ‘doubting’ Thomas as one seeking to understand what was happening. I talked about Paul Tillich’s statement that “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; doubt is an element of faith” (The Dynamics of Faith, 1957).

This week, we have another very beloved and familiar story but we detour into the Gospel of Luke. We actually rewind a little bit as well, because this is the day of the Resurrection. It is one of my most beloved (favorite) stories, it is the ‘Road to Emmaus’.  I am going to ask us to do a little imagining of our own this morning.

Imagine that we are walking on a dirt path leading out of the holy city of Jerusalem to a small village called Emmaus. Its going to be about a seven mile walk.

We’re mourning. We’re in grief. We’re fearful and we’re confused. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Sermons

 

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