Based on Luke 24:13-16, 28-35, meeting Christ on the road to Emmaus.
Receive the offerings we have brought to this place, this day, O God. We bring them in faith – trusting that you will receive and multiply and spread everything of value which we bring to you in Christ’s name.
After all, how many times, we who follow Christ have been astonished by the blessings that abound in his presence! When we least expect it, when we least deserve it, or when we find ourselves wandering, farthest from the paths of hope, we who seek to walk with Christ have learned to hope that he may find a way to walk with us, as he did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus long ago. And where Christ’s life-giving presence walks, hardships and heartaches ease and goodness grows.
We pray that Christ’s presence may be felt today in the troubled areas of the world where peace seems never to take hold, or safety to flourish. Let the Prince of Peace enter in. Let eyes, kept from recognizing him and his capacity to establish a reign of grace, be opened to the possibility he brings. Let Christ walk with them.
We pray for Christ’s presence to be felt today among those who are angry or hurting or ill or lost or defeated. So many struggle with more than they feel they can handle. Let the one whose scarred hands heal, touch them and bring the cures which he alone can accomplish. Let Christ walk with them.
We pray today for Christ’s presence to be felt among us. Each of us has taken our turn in walking dusty roads we hope will take us away from abandoned hopes, and damaged dreams, and lost causes. We, too, need the reassurance that we find in Christ’s presence. Let broken bread, and the splashing of baptismal waters, and hymns sung with earnestness, and prayers uttered in honesty be the occasions for our recognition of Christ, here, in our midst – to set our hearts aflame with hope again. Let Christ walk with us.
We pray all these things with gratitude for our Messiah – whose Spirit has not, will not, cannot die – but in fact, brings yet more life. Using now Christ’s eternal words, we pray today, saying together… Lord’s Prayer.