Living by Faith Fall 2022
Southeastern Indiana Emmaus Community Newsletter Please be in prayer for our upcoming Fall Walks: Men’s Walk: October 13th-16th, 2022 Women’s Walk: October 20th-23rd, 2022
Pilgrim Registration Deadlines: Men’s Walk: October 3rd, 2022 Women’s Walk: October 10th, 2022 Interested in serving on an upcoming walk? Please fill out a willing servant form
The Heart of Christ by Beth A. Richardson
In the days after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, his disciples struggled to make sense of the events that had happened. While Jesus appeared to the women and to the disciples on the Emmaus road, other disciples gathered in fear behind bolted doors. I can imagine that I would have been among the group cowering behind locked doors. And, like the skeptical Thomas, I would have needed proof to believe the outlandish stories. How could the disciples go on after such a devastating loss? And how could they have the courage to proclaim Jesus’ resurrection when the story was so unbelievable? So much was happening in and around the disciples in the aftermath of Jesus’ death. Though we see their fear, we also see their resilience. In our society today, there is a lot of talk about resilience—the ability to recover from difficulty. A common characteristic of a resilient person or entity is the ability to face one’s fears. In my understanding, this characteristic is courage. “Courage. From the Latin, cor, which means ‘heart.’” These disciples of Jesus practiced resilience and courage when they overcame their fears, trusted, and followed the Risen Christ. Our spiritual ancestors, they modeled courage for us. They formed a community of love that survived persecution of their movement by the Roman authorities. Perhaps the words of Jesus echoing in their spirits enabled this faithful endurance.
Jesus said in the Gospel of John, “Take courage, I have conquered the world!” And part of me wonders … Where are you, Jesus? And where is the evidence of your victory over death? In recent weeks, we have watched, with hopeful hearts, the beginning of the end of the global pandemic of COVID-19. But as hope rose, our spirits were flattened by news in the U.S. of mass shootings and an increase in cases of the virus. What does the courage that John describes look like amidst a relentless litany of suffering? Courage shows up in many creative and often unassuming ways. We have seen so much courage in the world during this past year. The courage of health care workers who went to work every day facing the unknown perils of a new virus, working, often, without adequate protective equipment. The courage of prophets speaking truth to the injustices of the world. (continued on the next page) 1
Living by Faith Thinking about sponsoring a pilgrim on an upcoming walk? This commitment has many responsibilities which need to be considered before asking a candidate if he/she is interested in a Walk. Please be in prayer before and as you share this amazing instrument of God’s love with your brothers and sisters in Christ. As a Sponsor we need your commitment to do the following in preparation for the weekend, during the Walk, and after the Walk: • Ensure that the pilgrim has all the necessary details regarding time, place, cost, and expectations. • See that the completed application and deposit are submitted by deadline. • See that transportation is provided to and from site. • Arrange financial support if cost is an issue. • Arrange for any special care for family and home so that pilgrim can enjoy the weekend. • Attend Sponsor’s Hour on Thursday evening. • Support the 72 Hour Prayer Vigil. • Attend Candlelight & Closing. • Continue the relationship with the pilgrim & attend 4th Day Events with pilgrim. • Follow up after the Walk to integrate pilgrim into the Community, Small Groups and Gatherings.
The Heart of Christ (continued from page 1) The courage of parents who took on the schooling of their children and teachers who learned to reach out to students using new technologies. The courage of people with Asian features venturing out into a hostile world. The courage of those who suddenly find themselves without jobs or places to live. The courage of those living in isolation getting up each day and continuing to live. Courage isn’t always daring action, like entering a burning building. Sometimes a courageous deed is as simple as leaving the house to drive to the grocery store; logging onto Zoom for the first time; saying to someone else, “I need help.” John Mogabgab wrote in Weavings, “Jesus embodies the fullness and freedom of a courageous heart, a heart in which
love has displaced fear.” This is the essence of courage—that we would open our fearful hearts to the Holy One. That we would trust in the power of God to replace our fears. Courage is believing that Christ has conquered the world despite all the evidence to the contrary. Mogabgab asks, “How can we live courageously in the midst of such distress? … Through participation in the heart of Christ.” May we live with the heart of Christ— Christ’s courage—beating inside each of us. Filling us with love, hope, trust, and courage. Beth A. Richardson serves as the director of prayer and worship life and Dean of The Upper Room Chapel.
Perseverance Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18). In 1988 a small New York town was devastated by a bus accident that took the lives of twenty-six of their children. Understandably, the whole town was wounded and deeply grieved. In July of 1996, TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off New York’s Long Island, killing all 230 persons aboard. Television news reporters visited the small New York town three weeks after the Flight 800 tragedy to interview the people. “What advice can you give?” they were asked. “Just hold on,” some said. “It will get better,” others reflected. Words of encouragement came from each person as they conveyed messages of hope to families and friends of the Flight 800 victims. They knew what the families were going through. They prayed for them.
Sometimes, all we can do is hold on and pray. Sometimes we help others to hold on and bear their burdens with them. We pray and supplicate, asking humbly and earnestly in their stead. Jesus often prayed on behalf of others. His most earnest and humble supplication as he hung on the cross, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing,” is the Great Prayer of Supplication, and beyond our comprehension. How could Jesus love us so completely? Yet, Jesus asks us to forgive one another, to love one another as he loves us, to grieve with those who grieve, to rejoice with those who rejoice. As pilgrims we are called to bear one another’s burdens, and we are called to intercessory prayer for others. (continued on the next page)
Living by Faith 2022 SEI Emmaus Board Lay Director Mary Beth Doll Jones Spiritual Director Ginny Hizer Secretary and Asst. Lay Director Rhonda Henegar Asst. Spiritual Director Scarlet Hudson Treasurer Terri Hardy Registrar Mary Baer Communications Louise Griggs Agape Ronnie McAdams Kitchen TBD Music Kirk Hopkins Team Selection Tiffany Hollis Training Nick Cornell Facilities Mike Hicks Candlelight/Sponsors Hour Scarlet Hudson Gatherings Missie Powell 4th
Day/Reunion Group Rowdy Green Nominations Terry Meyer
Please reach out to an SEI Emmaus Board Member if you have any questions or have a prayer request.
Perseverance (continued from page 2) When pilgrims come into a Weekend, they are not aware of the magnitude of prayers spoken and unspoken given out of love on their behalf. The loving faith community lays the foundation through prayer for God’s Son and Spirit to redeem souls and heal broken lives, to rejuvenate burned-out servants, and to bless all who participate in any way in Weekend activities. Some days we may be overwhelmed by the great numbers of friends and family members who need our prayers. But we know that the power of prayer changes things. Our faith in Christ changes things. As we persevere in our faith journeys, there are those who need us. Words of encouragement and hope can become reality in healing, overcoming grief, and enabling others in their obedience to Christ. Questions for Reflection: Who needs your prayers and supplication? Who are those around the world who desperately need your prayers? Do you ask others to pray for you? Reprinted from Walking Side by Side: Devotions for Pilgrims by Joanna Bultemeier and Cherie Jones. Copyright © 1998. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. For more information, visit bookstore.upperroom.org.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy your consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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