This Sunday’s gospel begins with two disciples walking to Emmaus, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. They had hoped Jesus, who was crucified, would be the one to redeem Israel! Yet the risen Christ walks with them and then opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts burn within us as the scriptures are proclaimed and Christ appears to us as bread is broken and wine is poured. The story of Emmaus becomes the pattern of our worship each Lord’s day.
Take a look at our texts for this week.
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Receiving God’s promise through baptism
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
I will call on the name of the Lord
1 Peter 1:17-23
Born anew through the living word of God
Eating with the risen Christ
In much the same way as the disciples walking to Emmaus, we may be feeling a sense of loss these days as we are removed from our normal communal living. Like the disciples whose expectations were not met, we may find that our expectations for Easter and this time of year are not being met. Yet, no matter where we are, Christ meets us and walks with us.
How does Christ walk with us these days?
In what ways does Christ’s presence encourage us to walk with the less fortunate around us?
Music for the week includes the great hymn Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing. We invite all into Christ’s presence when we sing “Women and men, in age and youth, can feel the Spirit, hear the call, and find the way, the life, the truth, revealed in Jesus, freed for all.” Listen to this wonderful arrangement for organ, brass, choir, and congregation!