Bulletin for April 16, 2017
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
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Leader: The Word of the Lord
Ekklesia: Thanks be to God
This week’s worship.
Easter Worship • Brunch/Potluck • Egg Hunt
Today’s Easter Celebration will be intentionally shorter so that we can move over to the courtyard for food and fun. Our church board will be serving up sausages and pancakes at the pancake bar (complete with all the fixings). Please join us!! Meet some new people. Eat some good food. Enjoy Resurrection-Sunday with us!!
KIDS: BE READY TO HUNT FOR EGGS!!
Men’s Spring Camp Out (4/21 – 4/22)
Join us overnight April 21-22 for good food, camp fire, great people, beautiful surroundings and hopefully some GREAT spring weather! Don’t have camping gear? No worries! We’ve got you covered. DADS – please bring your sons. This is a father-son friendly event. This location is particularly fishermen friendly. And so, if you have bass or catfishing gear, please bring it! Questions? Post any questions on our men’s FB event page. (NOTE: The bulletin listed the incorrect dates last week. These are the correct dates • April 21-22.)
LENT Giving Jars
As part of Lent each year, we encourage everyone to undertake two fasts: one that frees up time (perhaps a favorite TV show?), and another that frees up resources (maybe soda or alcohol or eating out). The goal is to repurpose the time and resources to expand our hearts toward God and others. With the resources we free up, we will be taking a special offering on Easter to go toward our school supply giveaway / block party event in August! Be sure to pick up a giving jar to take home with you and start collecting your saved resources!
5th Sunday of April
Last month, Christ Our King Community Church hosted an event several people from Ekklesia attended, Real Talk: Race & Culture. It was wonderful. When any month has 5 Sundays, we commit the 5th Sunday toward racial reconciliation. Part of this commitment involves growing in relationship with local churches who look different than us but share our heart toward reconciliation.
There are still some details to iron out (lunch after worship?), but we are planning to join Christ Our King for worship on April 30 at 10 AM (1500 Garner Road, Raleigh, NC 27610). Mark your calendars and join us!