3rd Sunday of Easter, 30 Apr – Luke 24:13-35 ~ teach me and correct me

Third Sunday of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, send your Spirit to help me read the Scriptures with the same mind that you read them to the disciples on the way to Emmaus.

In the light of God’s written Word, you helped them to discover the presence of God in the disturbing events of your sentence and death. And so, the cross that seemed to be the end of all hope became for them the source of life and of resurrection.

Create in me a silence that I too may listen to your voice in the Scriptures and make sense of the world around me. Awaken me to the power and force of your resurrection that I may witness first-hand that you are alive and present among us today.

I ask this of you, who lives and reigns with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen
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“His Name” – Urban Rescue


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Reading: Luke 24:13-35 (NLT)

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.
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Reflection & Prayer:

On this Third Sunday of Easter, I declare:

Christ is risen from the dead!
He has brought us victory over sin and death!
Alleluia!

Gracious God: Thank you for pursuing me and walking with me at times when I least expect it.

+ You alone can satisfy the hungers of my heart; you have the words of eternal life.

+ You revealed yourself through the Scriptures; teach me what is true and make me realize what is wrong in my life. Correct me when I am wrong and teach me to do what is right.

+ You passed on the Good News of Easter through trustworthy witnesses; keep me faithful to these truths, and give me the saving wisdom that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.

+ You revealed your presence in the breaking of the bread; open my eyes today that I may recognize your presence in Holy Communion.

Gracious God: Every day that I walk with you is a life-changing adventure. Give me the opportunity to tell others what I have seen and heard. And prepare the hearts of those who listen to receive all that you have for them. I ask this through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
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“Our Story” – Urban Rescue


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Concluding Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ: thank you for the Word that has enabled me to better understand the will of the Father. May your Spirit enlighten my actions and grant me the strength to practice what your Word has revealed to me. To the glory of your name – you who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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