The Walk to Emmaus

The Gospel of Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two friends who were walking along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The risen Christ joined them and this experience on the road was heart-warming as Christ walked and talked with them, explaining the Scriptures. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ took bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes opened — they recognized Him as the risen Christ and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell others.

This story provides the image of Emmaus, an event that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. The Walk is a three-day experience that takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, congregation and the world in which they live. Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church, by providing solid training in the essentials of the faith.

On the Walk to Emmaus, participants study, discuss, and experience God’s grace in community. Discussions center on presentations given by laypersons and clergy around the theme of God’s grace and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. The weekend lasts only three days, but each person is invited to build on it for the rest of his or her life. Those who attend a Walk to Emmaus are encouraged to expand their own spiritual lives through study and congregational participation and to become more active disciples of Christ in the world through their churches.

Walks to Emmaus for both men and women are held frequently throughout the year. Due to their popularity, however, it is usually necessary to send applications several months ahead of time. Information is available in the church office concerning waiting lists and next available Walks.

For calendar of walks, pilgrim applications or for more information visit the Rio Texas Conference Emmaus link by clicking here
 
Click here for the Hays Praise website where you can find more information on local meetings, walks and newsletters.

Emmaus Reunion Groups – These are spiritual formation groups for growth, accountability, and support. They are built to provide support and renewal for men and women as they return from a Walk to Emmaus. Please contact the church office (295-6981) for a listing of groups.

 
 
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