Wednesday Worship - 29th April
Third Sunday of Easter
We start today’s worship but thinking about those affected by the virus in various parts of the world and offering a special prayer:
When you walked with us on earth you spread your healing power.
We place in your loving care all who are affected by Coronavirus.
Keep us strong in faith, hope and love.
Bring relief to our sick, console our bereaved, protect those who care for us.
We lift our prayer to you Lord, and trust in your infinite mercy, as we wait for the daybreak.
Today we hear how two of the disciples went on a journey to a village called Emmaus. Along the way, they met someone really special, although they didn’t recognise him at first. Who do you think it was? Let’s find out if you are right…
Before we hear the Gospel, we sing our special Alleluia song.
You can read the Gospel yourself, or ask a grown up or older brother or sister to read it to you.
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
On that same day two of Jesus' followers were going to a village named Emmaus, about eleven kilometres from Jerusalem, and they were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them; they saw him, but somehow did not recognise him. Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about to each other, as you walk along?”
They stood still, with sad faces. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn't know the things that have been happening there these last few days?”
“What things?” he asked.
“The things that happened to Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “This man was a prophet and was considered by God and by all the people to be powerful in everything he said and did. Our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and he was crucified. And we had hoped that he would be the one who was going to set Israel free! Besides all that, this is now the third day since it happened. Some of the women of our group surprised us; they went at dawn to the tomb, but could not find his body. They came back saying they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive. Some of our group went to the tomb and found it exactly as the women had said, but they did not see him.”
Then Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, how slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then to enter his glory?” And Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures, beginning with the books of Moses and the writings of all the prophets.
As they came near the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther; but they held him back, saying, “Stay with us; the day is almost over and it is getting dark.” So he went in to stay with them. He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, and said the blessing; then he broke the bread and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Wasn't it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
They got up at once and went back to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others and saying, “The Lord is risen indeed! He has appeared to Simon!”
The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they had recognised the Lord when he broke the bread.
(Gospel passage taken from Good News Translation® and used with permission, see details below*)
Think quietly for a moment about the words that you have just heard.
Think or talk together about these questions:
- What happened in the Gospel?
- Why was Jesus’ tomb empty?
- Do the disciples recognise him now?
- What happens at the meal?
- Why do you think the disciples recognise Jesus now?
- Can you think of another time that Jesus broke, blessed and shared the bread?
Let’s think together…
We are all made in the image of God and Jesus is in each and every person, but often we forget this. We do not take the time to recognise how important and special each person is.
But our eyes can be opened just like the disciples in this story. If we take the time to get to know others, to share food with them, perhaps we will come to see Christ in these people, our brothers and sisters, who are all part of God’s family around the world.
- How would you behave if you were eating with Jesus?
- What would you say?
- How would you treat him?
And so, if Christ is in each of us, how do you think we should treat each other? The same as we would treat Jesus?
Let’s pray together…
We look for Christ in all people we meet as we pray together:
We pray for world leaders: that they may do all that they can to make sure everyone has enough. Lord, in your mercy…
We pray for the Church throughout the world: that it may look for Christ in all people and be a welcoming place for all. Lord, in your mercy…
When you are eating this week, take the time to talk to the people you are with and to think about how Christ is in each and every one of us.
Why not colour the gospel picture below or have a go at the worship word search?
One more step along the world I go (901, Celebration Hymnal for Everyone)
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