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Prayer by Suzanna Wesley
mother of John and Charles, founders of Methodism


You, O Lord, have called us to watch and pray.
Therefore, whatever may be the sin against which we pray,
make us careful to watch against it,
and so have reason to expect that our prayers will be answered.
In order to perform this duty aright,
grant us grace to preserve a sober, equal temper,
and sincerity to pray for your assistance. Amen.

Suzanna Wesley had seventeen children, but is said to have given each of them one day of special attention and training per month. From John's writings we know that both he and brother Charles Wesley viewed their mother as a vital source of inspiration and encouragement for their ministries.



3rd Sunday of Easter

"Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?"         Luke 24:32

Texts & Discussion:
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35



This Week's Themes:
Risen-Christ Experience
Life-Changing Hope
The Power of the
 Preached Gospel 


Emmaus Road Prayer
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Meet us, Lord, on the road to Emmaus,
Guide us on the path toward our destination,
and renew our strength as we continue to walk
and commune with you.

Open our eyes, so we see the signs of your presence around us;
Open our hearts, so we may receive your peace and love;
and empower us to pass on to others
the grace you have shared with us so freely.






From the DPS Archive:

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Sermon Excerpt:

Ordinary Miracles
Luke 24:13-35

by Rev. Frank Schaefer

To me this passage, commonly known as the “Road to Emmaus,” is one of the most intriguing eye-witness resurrection stories, in part because that's one Easter experience I can relate to. Other post-resurrection stories of Jesus happen in such an out-of-the-world miraculous way. I haven't seen a lot of signs and wonders, but, like these disciples on the road to Emmaus, I have looked back and discovered that God had been at work in my life--something I couldn't for the life of me see when it was actually happening.

But there is another aspect that I truly treasure about this Easter story: the hospitality aspect. The disciples welcome this stranger, talk to him, and even invite him to stay with them and share a meal.

That's pretty significant because from very early on in Christianity, there is this theme of hospitality to strangers. In Hebrews 13:2, for instance, we read: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

And of course, Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

And to me that's the heart of the Easter story too. We live in a world eager to experience the risen Christ. There is so much need, so much suffering, so much uncertainty . . . Subscribers: click here for full manuscript and all other sermons and resources

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