April 26, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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A Reading from the Gospel of St. Luke

Luke 24 : 13–35

13Now on that same day [when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene,] two [disciples] 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.

28As 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.

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Prayer of the Day

O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Teleconference Bible Study

The Wednesday night bible study has resumed, on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in participating should contact the church office to get the call-in information and to be sure they get the weekly readings sent to them.

COVID-19 Updates

Several new announcements from the Church Council have been added to the website since this month's Council meeting. You can always look for these online, but they will also be in the next edition of The Way, which will be sent via postal mail to anyone not on the email distribution list. They include the following announcements:

Graduate Recognition

The Church Council is planning an online recognition of graduates this year. Please submit the names and graduation information of your graduate to the church office by May 4. We hope to have an additional, in-person recognition when we are able to gather once again.

Summer Schedule

In preparation for when we gather again after May, the Church Council approved the following summer schedule:

Offerings

The Church Council notes that offerings have been good, considering the circumstances. Please continue to submit your offering by mail, in person, or by direct payment from your financial institution. If you drop your check in the mailbox, be sure to put it in an offering envelope.

Teacher Appreciation

The Parish Education Committee would like to thank and recognize the following people for serving as educators to our congegration's youth in the following ways:

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