Tuesday 14th April

April 14th 

Luke 24. 13-35    The Walk to Emmaus

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ 19He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ 25Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

 

For a beautiful interpretation of this reading google

Alessandra Sorace – I can see on YouTube 5th April 2017

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

 

We pray for our church here and those who care for it.

Church Prayer

Lord make the doorway of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship, narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and strife.  Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children, or barrier to the elderly and disabled.  Let its doors be open and inviting to those who are your guests.  Lord, make this house the doorway to your eternal kingdom;   Amen.

 

We prayer for courage and safety for Christians throughout the world

Lord, in your mercy,   hear our payer.

We pray for all who are sick in mind, body or spirit.  Bring healing to those who are unwell, comfort to those who are anxious and hope to those who despair.  We pray for those who mourn the loss of loved ones and those whose anniversary falls at this time.  In silence we bring to mind those we hold in our hearts.

Lord in your mercy,  hear our prayer

We pray for our Government and for Members of Parliament

We pray for ourselves and the week ahead. Bless the work we do, the words we say, the love we share and the grace we show on our daily walk through this beautiful and precious world.

Lord in your mercy

 

Collect  3rd Sunday of Easer

Risen Christ,  you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope; strengthen us also  to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:  Our Father who art in heaven


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