Martin Wellings

Junior Church

Gathering Song (chosen by John Winterbottom)

This time, I was struck by the background images on the YouTube clip and how they might express the journey to Emmaus.
The first image – could portray Jesus at twilight, walking ahead of the two ‘followers’ he would come to share the journey with. The second – shows the sun almost set, perhaps as they near the village, and the two invite their ‘as yet unrecognised companion’, to retire for the night and share supper…The third – the outstretched, beckoning hand of Jesus, full of humanity, urging us to share bread, have our eyes opened and share His journey of faithfulness…The fourth – the empty cross. Enough said.

Call to Worship and Prayer of Approach (for a recording, see below)

Words from Psalm 92:
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night.

Let us worship God.

Please say with me the prayer of approach:

Living God,
your steadfast love sustains Creation.
your steadfast love, made human in Jesus,
brings hope to the world.
Your steadfast love holds us in all our days,
and never lets us down.
As we worship you now,
may we know that we are loved with an everlasting love,
and respond in love and praise.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Hymn

Singing the Faith 297: Christ is alive!

Readings

1 Peter 1: 17–23

Luke 24: 13–35

Reflection (for a copy of the text, see below)

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Prayers (for a recording, see below)

We bring our prayers to God our Father, in the name of Jesus Christ our Risen Saviour, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray.

As we think about the home at Emmaus, we pray today for homes and households: for people who have spent a lot of time together in recent weeks, and for people longing to be together, but kept apart; for people on their own and fed up with their own company, and for people stuck in households where they do not feel safe or are not safe. Lord Jesus, you brought hope and blessing to the home at Emmaus; bring hope and blessing to homes and households today.

B: Lord, hear us:
R: Lord, graciously hear us.

As we think about the two disciples on the road, puzzled and downcast, we pray today for the roads we travel: for people struggling to come to terms with what is going on around them; for people who are finding the demands of work or voluntary activity stressful and exhausting; for all who are struggling to trust, to hope, and to love. Lord Jesus, you drew near to the disciples on the road, and walked with them; share all our journeys today.

B: Lord, hear us:
R: Lord, graciously hear us.

As we think about the good news of the Resurrection, we pray today for the dawning light of the Gospel in dark times: for the witness of the Church, in its myriad forms and styles; for the inner prompting and nudging of the Spirit in hearts and minds; for imagination and openness to the good news. Lord Jesus, your risen presence brought joy and transformation to your first disciples; may we in our day rejoice in the truth and power of the Resurrection.

B: Lord, hear us:
R: Lord, graciously hear us.

(Quietness for our own prayers).

B: Lord, hear us:
R: Lord, graciously hear us.

We say together the prayer that Jesus gave us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Hymn

Singing the Faith 313: Thine be the glory

Blessing (for a recording, see below)

We affirm our enduring community in Christ as we say the Grace together:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
Amen.