3/12/16

SPRING FORWARD - SET CLOCKS AHEAD

In favor of Daylight Savings, Benjamin Franklin suggested: "Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing; and if that is not sufficient? Let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually..." We cannot do that, so instead, you have this church eNews message, reminding you to SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD tonight. Worship resumes, 10:30AM at the Seattle School tomorrow, but it will feel early!

LIKKEL'S LECTIONS 

Psalm 51:1-3 
Isaiah 6:1-5
1 Timothy 1:15
Mark 2:13-17

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

March 25 - Good Friday; 7:00 PM combined worship @ Harbor Church, with Sanctuary
March 27 - Easter Brunch
April 3 - Alternative location TBA (no Seattle School)
April 5 - New Horizons Dinner - Crown Hill Group
April 28 - Theology Pub Thursday; 7:00 PM @ Razzi's; topic: Gospel Ecosystem

When Greenwood blew up, the church office windows were among the (property) casualties. Thankfully, no neighbors or firefighters were killed!


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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.