Is It Time to Go for a Walk?

Written by Rev. Gayle Pope. Posted in The Seed

The Spirit is a movin’ among us! Maybe it’s time to get on board!

What am I talking about? Walk to Emmaus – the three-day weekend retreat that happens four times a year in Quincy – twice each for men and women. The “Winter Walks” are coming soon at the Franciscan Retreat Center on the north campus of Quincy University. They begin Thursday evening and end Sunday evening.

  • Men's Walk #17 – Jan. 25-28
  • Women's Walk #18 – Feb. 15-18

I’m excited that both Sam and Tafi Lathrop are serving on the leadership teams at these Winter Walks I am again serving as an assistant spiritual director at the Women’s Walk. My hope and prayer is that we will have several congregation members join us!

Why would you do that?

Who has time to spend three days away from all your responsibilities and pressures and business? Hmmm … maybe it’s not such a bad idea. A Walk to Emmaus is guaranteed to be a time of rest and renewal, of awesome fellowship with other men/women, of deep spiritual growth and a strong sense of the presence of God through the Holy Spirit. I promise you will not regret your time spent there.

There are separate “walks” for men and women and, with married couples, it is strongly encouraged that husbands and wives both participate, with husbands going first. Walk to Emmaus, Cursillo and Via de Cristo are essentially the same in format and content. The original – Cursillo – is Roman Catholic based, while Emmaus comes under the umbrella of the Methodist Church and Via de Cristo is the Lutheran expression. However, you will find Christians of all denominations at all of these events. The focus is on relationship with God in Christ, rather than denominational doctrine.

How Do I Sign Up?

Participants must be sponsored by someone who has made a previous Walk to Emmaus or Cursillo. If you would like to go, talk to me, Tafi or Sam Lathrop, Marcia Johnson, Karn Haubrich or Mary Shank.

There are brochures with more information on Walk to Emmaus on the narthex display table.

Deadline for men to sign up is Thursday, Jan. 18.

Advent Services and Devotions Focus on Hope

Written by Rev. Gayle Pope. Posted in The Seed

The coming (or advent) of Christ = the coming (or advent) of HOPE: hope for today, tomorrow and forever. Meditations on scripture and personal faith stories will help us focus on this hope during our three Wednesday evening Advent services beginning at 6:30.

Each service will use the “Holden Evening Prayer” liturgy and last about 45 minutes. Luther Memorial will again join us in worship, with Pastor Tony Metz presiding and a Luther Memorial member sharing a faith story on Dec. 13. I will lead the service and get speakers from Christ Lutheran on Dec. 6 and 20. The themes for each week are:

Dec. 6: Expectant Hope

We will contemplate readings from Luke 1 and 2 where Zachariah and Simeon praise God for sending the Savior promised for so long. Jesus is “God with us” – Emmanuel – who came in the flesh to earth. Our faith story speaker is Richard Klusmeyer.

Dec. 13: Enduring Hope

In the readings for tonight from second Corinthians, Paul talks about the light of God that shines in our hearts and reveals to us the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This knowledge gives us hope to endure the “momentary afflictions” which strike us on earth, but cannot destroy us. In Romans, we hear about how suffering produces endurance, which produces character, which produces hope.

Dec. 20: Eternal Hope

In 1 Peter, we are reminded that God has given us “a new birth into a living hope” and an eternal inheritance kept for us in heaven. A reading from Revelation describes the new heaven and new earth we are destined to enjoy. We know that “the best is yet to come” as we wait for the final revelation of Jesus Christ when he comes again. Bonnie Scranton will share a faith story, and we will hear a vocal duet by Lana Anderson and Amy Stollberg.

These midweek Advent services are a wonderful way to quiet your mind from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and turn your thoughts to the real “reason for the season.” Please plan to join us, and bring a friend!

Devotional booklet

Pick Up a Daily Devotional

Advent Daily Devotionals written by members of Luther Memorial and Christ Lutheran are available for pick-up at church. If you aren’t able to get here, contact the church office and we will see that you get one. The daily devotions will also run on our facebook page each day. Thanks to the 19 writers from CLC and LMC who shared their faith!