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Prayer by Suzanna Wesley
mother of John and Charles, founders of Methodism


You, O Lord, have called us to watch and pray.
Therefore, whatever may be the sin against which we pray,
make us careful to watch against it,
and so have reason to expect that our prayers will be answered.
In order to perform this duty aright,
grant us grace to preserve a sober, equal temper,
and sincerity to pray for your assistance. Amen.

Suzanna Wesley had seventeen children, but is said to have given each of them one day of special attention and training per month. From John's writings we know that both he and brother Charles Wesley viewed their mother as a vital source of inspiration and encouragement for their ministries.



3rd Sunday of Easter

Emmaus Road Prayer
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Meet us, Lord, on the road to Emmaus,
Guide us on the path toward our destination,
and renew our strength as we continue to walk
and commune with you.

Open our eyes, so we see the signs of your presence around us;
Open our hearts, so we may receive your peace and love;
and empower us to pass on to others
the grace you have shared with us so freely.



Texts & Discussion:
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35



This Week's Themes:
Risen-Christ Experience
Life-Changing Hope
The Power of the
 Preached Gospel 


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The Living Word of God, 1 Peter 1:17-23
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"Then and Now", Luke 24: 13-35, by Rev. Timothy DeFrange 

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What Momma Taught Me About God,  John 14:15-21 Shhh . ., by Marty Vershel, based on John 14:15-21Love in Action,  by Karen Burger, John 10:11-18


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Lasting Things, 1 Peter 2: 17-32

God in the Stranger, Luke 24:13-35,


We Are The Church—Walking Together!
Psalm 116:12-19, Luke 24:13-35
by Rev. Richard Thompson

     It must have been the longest day of their life.  They were going home.  Home, because there was nothing else to do.  There hopes were dashed.  Their dreams destroyed.  Their future obliterated.  They were forlorn, and there was nothing for them to do but return to Emmaus, lick their wounds, and try to figure out what to do with their lives now–now that Jesus was dead.

     It was a long seven-mile journey, over the dusty road, with dirty feet, and parched throats, and weary bodies, and empty spirits.  Jesus has died–the one, they acknowledge, thought would save them and redeem Israel.  Jesus has died, and Cleopas and his companion feel just as defeated as Jesus had been when they hung him on a cross to die and laid him in a cold, dark tomb.  Can you imagine that kind of emptiness inside, that numbness in your soul?  Perhaps you’ve felt it before–such sadness and loss that you wondered what the point of your life was now?  Can you imagine being so crushed by despair and weighed down by hopelessness that your mind, your heart, your eyes of faith are closed, and there’s no possible way you’d recognize Jesus, even if he joined you on your journey?

     You’re walking together, you and your friend, down that long, dusty road, discussing what had happened, lamenting the dashing of your hopes, regretting that your joy in following Jesus had now been turned to bitter sorrow, recalling the mighty deeds of Jesus, and your hope in him, and now he was dead, dead, dead.
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