Preaching to the Choir

These are some sermons, but mostly lectionary discussions. It also has prayers for some Sundays.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Easter 3A, The Walk to Emmaus

Some of the thoughts I have had this week about this passage are;

1. I love a good meal with family or friends.
2. We churches are good at dinners.
3. I grew up in a family that loved to get together and eat.
4. When someone dies, we bring food to the family, and the churches I have been in feed the families before or after the funeral.
5. When someone is sick we bring food to the family.
6. Food is such an important part of our culture, especially here in the South.
7. However we have become such a culture of fast food eaters.
8. We have also become a culture of eating outers or taking outers or calling and picking uppers.
9. We don't have people into our homes to eat with us as much as we used to.
10. Home cookouts now usually just involve our families, not necessarily the neighborhood or others.

This scripture tells us in Luke 24:28-31They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: "Stay and have supper with us. It's nearly evening; the day is done." So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared. 32Back and forth they talked. "Didn't we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?"

The other meal I want to talk about is; commuion
1. He took the bread, blessed it and broke it and gave it to them and gives it to us.
2. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him, and in that moment we recognize him.
3. Sunday is Holy Communion, will you recognize Jesus in the breaking of bread?
4. We as Methodist consider it a means of grace, will you receive the grace God has for you through the taking of communion?
5. Will your heart burn? Will you be on fire? Will you feel your heart gently warmed?
6. It isn't fast food. Its real food and spiritual food.
7. It doesn't matter who you are as we kneel together at the altar to receive communion?
8. It is something we do together.
9. Will you invite someone to come receive communion this Sunday?
10. Will you then help take communion to our homebound, members in nursing homes, so they too can receive God's grace, have their hearts warmed and be able to recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread?


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