Dear Friends,

"Do you know the Emmaus Story?"

For the past two Sundays we've had this question posed on signs at the entrances to church. Well, do you know it?

The story of two disciples meeting a stranger on their walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus is our parish "icon in words" for this year, chosen by our Vestry during a weekend of prayer. An icon is an image (or for us, story) through which we are helped to see God. And we've encapsulated the Emmaus Road with the words Walking together. Recognizing Jesus. Practicing resurrection.

And because it's an icon, our goal isn't just to know the story, but to find ourselves in the story. If you have 5 minutes, take a read through it at the link above, or in your Bibles at Luke 24:13-35. Notice that the "second disciple" on the road is not named. And also I find it marvelous that scholars aren't quite sure where Emmaus truly was. So perhaps that other disciple is you. And perhaps you or I are on the Emmaus Road today, and might break bread with Jesus in that town this very evening.

Where are you in the Emmaus Story?

All this year we'll we quietly asking this question and sharing what we notice in ourselves and our community; in meetings, in worship, in conversation, and in service.

Where are you Walking Together, Recognizing Jesus, or Practicing Resurrection?

This Sunday we will worship with our Christian siblings at First Church, United Church of Christ. I expect that, gathered for communion and the Word, we may experience all three, in fact. But it's so much more fun in specifics, and those only come alive in the living of them. I hope you can be there and would love to hear what you experience. I hope you have been or can come to our Sunday morning formation in which people are naming these moments in their life. I hope you might drop into our upcoming Advent study. Or speak up during one of our "Enacted Gospel" reflection times. Or (*gasp*) notice Holy Companionship, Christ's Presence, and Resurrection right out in your daily life, and come running back to share it with your Christian family.

Watching the world through this specific lens, together, gives us common language for experiences of the Holy that sometimes slip by unremarked, uncelebrated. This year, we celebrate! This year, we're walking to Emmaus.

In Love,

Reed