Luke's Nativity and Dickens' Christmas Carol, side by side - what do they say? Along with Isaiah 9:6-7 and 1 John 3:1-3; 18, we begin moving through Advent this Sunday, looking forward to Christmas! Join us at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, corner of Elliott/Wall, where Belltown meets the waterfront, 10:30AM this Sunday!



We gather at the Likkel house for a CONGREGATION CONVERSATION. 10:30AM as per usual. Following our time in conversation, we are all invited to attend the baptism of one of our junior members at Golden Gardens. Big, exciting day for Emmaus Road!

Our conversation will be about where Emmaus Road is in the process toward renewing our Vision, Mission, and Identity. More specifically, it is about realigning our ministry together toward being disciples and multiplying disciples. If you have become a regular part of our congregation and want to join the conversation, but do not know of our location this Sunday, call Pastor Eric.



For Emmaus Road, this season
is a time of self reflection and healthy evaluation of why we do what we do as a church. One of the themes emerging from discussions is the theme and term "discipleship". Recently, a helpful blog post came to my attention. I like the way blogger John Eigege (church planter/campus minister in Houston, TX), draws attention to four elements of discipleship, and succinctly unpacks a loaded word. Check out John's post, What Do You Mean by Discipleship. Other helpful sources on discipleship include the classic The Master Plan of Evangelism or a more recent book, Building a Discipling Culture.



10:30AM Worship event
Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Likkel's Lections:
Gospel: Luke 24:33-53
Old Testament: Proverbs 28:13-14
Psalter: Psalm 95:1-7
Epistle: Hebrews 10:23-25

Theme: Paths converge in Jerusalem; Stories shared in fellowship; Hope restored
We love the story of Jesus walking alongside a pair of confused disciples. We celebrate the presence of the Lord, even when we do not see him, and we receive the call to walk alongside others. 
There is more to this story, though, if we follow Cleopas and his companion back to Jerusalem. As their paths converge with Peter, Mary, and other men and women in Jesus' fledgling following, their testimony raised hope and expectations. How did the Lord use their gathering and mutual witness? What does this say to us as we look at the relationship between our individual experiences of discipleship through life beyond Sundays, beyond worship gatherings, and the important role of those gathering events in our lives?



10:30AM Worship event
Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Likkel's Lections:
Gospel: Luke 24:13-32
Old Testament: Isaiah 53
Psalter: Psalm 139:1-16
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:10-14

Theme: What happens on the road to Emmaus?

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

The Emmaus Road Story

In the winter of 1997, we began as a small team of about 10 people, committed to gathering and growing a church that would connect with others like ourselves; people interested in connecting with God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, but disconnected from the activity of many mainstream congregations. With the financial support of a larger church organization, our pastor was able to work full time with the team in planning, leadership development, and meeting people in the community.

Our first meetings were open discussion forums. We talked about prayer, scripture, spiritual discipline and the issues with which we all struggle. As friends talked to friends, the first group expanded and we multiplied into two.

Inspired by the journey process as a metaphor for spiritual growth, we searched for a name which would reflect that idea. In the resurrection narrative of Luke 24, we found our name "on the road to Emmaus."

After our first worship event on Good Friday of 1997, both groups began to gather together for worship once a month. In various coffee shops and rental spaces, we gradually increased our worship times to twice a month, and in September of 1998 we decided to gather every Sunday. Since the beginning, numerical growth has been gradual but steady, most often through the personal contact of friends talking to friends.

Today, several small groups continue to meet for open discussions on prayer, scripture, and the process of encountering God in daily life; we all gather for worship each week.