Understanding the Road to Emmaus
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Putting understanding how the story of two disciples walking to Emmaus affects us in the current times when we are overcome by sadness, loss and disappointment was the direction the homily of the Rev. David W. Collins III, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran covered on the Third Sunday of Easter.

The colorful story of Jesus’ appearance to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus answers the question of how Jesus is to be recognized among us. They were perplexed how and why Jesus had been taken away and brought such a loss to their hopes and dreams of he being the one to redeem Jerusalem. Jesus as a stranger approached them but they did not understand what he explained. They invited him to rest in their village home where at supper he took bread, blessed and broke it, and when he gave it to them their eyes opened and they recognized him.

Christians around the world are plagued with fears, disappointments and enemies. Only when we study the Scriptures and partake of the bread and wine do we understand what has been hidden from eyes during our sufferings. Our needs in our world change and or steps become less heavy and burdensome. The story continues as we gather around the table where the Spirit fills us with hope and sends us forth.

The Holy Scriptures, read by Paul Pfiefer, were taken from Acts, Psalm 116, I Peter and the Gospel of Luke 24:13-35. Red carnations were distributed to all women of the church by Helen Grimm in recognition of Mother’s Day.

Book marks in the pews were given by the Pfeifer family in memory of Paula Pfeifer. They are for your use and enjoyment. Visitors for the service were Dale Little with the Pfeifer Family; Ray Miller, San Antonio, with Audrey Miller; and Robert and Phyllis Stolle from Dale, Texas with Viona Stolle.

Prayers to comfort, strengthen and heal those in need were given for all those who are ill, especially Audrey Miller, Andy Morgan, Buck Myers, Rita Remel, Vicki Schulz, Steve Schultz, Robert Underbrink, Mary Darlene Watson, Emily Weston, Mary Ruth Witte and Cody Zaionty. Additional prayers were directed to our need for rain, for the people along the Mississippi River suffering from an overabundance of rain and the victims of the tornadoes which swept through several Southern states.

Activities included in our church calendar are on Wednesday, May 11 at 2:30pm Bingo at KCHR; on Thursday, May 12 at 2:30pm Devotions at KCHR and at 3:00pm Devotions at BBM; on Friday, May 13 the deadline for the May Angel Food Orders and at 7:00pm the 24 hours Karnes County Relay for Life begins at the Kenedy High School stadium with profits going to the American Cancer Society; and on May 13-15 the Synod Assembly Meeting in Victoria.
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