St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Bolivar, Missouri

Friday, April 21, 2023 Easter 3 – On the way to Emmaus

The next four weeks -lots going on

Another Easter-tide picture Eunice, Ziggy and Gigi

THIS Sunday, April 23
There will be a bishop’s committee after church on Sunday. Everyone is invited to come, listen and comment. Bishop’s Warden, Paula Shepard will lead the meeting.

Next Sunday, April 30
Ruth Lewis will preach for the last time at St Albans. You know her as a gifted preacher and a wise counselor and delightful conversationalist. She is also our friend. She and Larry are moving to St Louis in May to be near their family. We will miss her, but are so grateful for the time she and Larry have spent with us.

Sunday, May 6, 2023
We will have a festive potluck dinner to honor and celebrate The Rev. Larry and Ruth Lewis before they leave for St Louis on the 7th. Please plan to be here for this celebration.

Sunday, May 14, 2023
It’s Mother’s Day, although that isn’t a religious observance. It’s also going to be important for the congregation as The Rev. Chas Marks, the transition officer for the diocese will be present for worship and afterwards to meet with the congregation as you plan for your future after my retirement in September. Please be present. Also, Sandy Sherry will play her harp for the prelude, postlude and the Offertory! This is a special treat since it is hard to get that large instrument here and set up! You do want to be here and to bring your children to see close up!

3 Easter – the Gospel

Luke 24:13-35
On the first day pf the week, two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles form Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then 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?” He 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, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But 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. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and 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. Some 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.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But 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. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They 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?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.




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