11/14/14

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16th

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?

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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.