Southeastern Indiana Emmaus Community
On the Journey February 2021
Volume 2, Issue 1
2021 Spring Walks Cancelled At their January meeting, our Community’s Board of Directors voted to cancel our scheduled spring Walks, due to the ongoing COVID restrictions. The decision came after brainstorming other possible options and researching how other Emmaus communities are adhering to the state guidelines.
determine if they can be held.
“It was a bittersweet decision, but what we felt was ultimately in the best interest of our Community members,” explains Community Lay Director Mary Beth Doll Jones.
The Men’s Fall Walk will be held Oct 7 –10 and the Women’s Walk will take place Oct 14 –17. A decision in late spring would enable the teams to schedule and complete team training.
“While many people in our counties are now able to receive the vaccine, there are simply too many ongoing restrictions that we felt would prevent a spirit-filled Walk.” The Board has retained the Fall Walks for now, with a final discussion and vote to be held in late spring to
“The hope is that, by that point, the social distancing restrictions will be able to be eased enough that those Walks can be held,” explains Mary Beth.
Mary Beth adds, “The Board appreciates your understanding and patience. It was difficult to cancel these Walks as we know they have such a positive impact for people. However, we feel the safety and health of the pilgrims and team must be the priority.”
Reading Scripture in New Ways This information was originally shared Feb. 7, 2021 on Karen Hartley’s blog, titled Sharing Horizons: Exploring the Great Unknown Together. Hartley is a retired United Methodist Minister, who grew up and served churches in Ohio. Click here to visit her blog: https://sharinghorizons.com/ I am always looking for new ways of reading scripture. I love to read the Bible and have read the whole thing many times. But sometimes it starts sounding all the same. Read that, remember that, boring! The Bible is anything but boring and I want to be sure I’m reading it with attention and intent.
When I was a pastor, we had liturgists who would read the scripture every Sunday. One Sunday the liturgist was a teenager named Heidi. Heidi was very outgoing and you never knew what she would say or do. On the Sunday she was liturgist, the scripture was the genealogy from Genesis 5. I’m not sure why I had that particular scripture on that day. The sermon is long gone from everyone’s memory. But Heidi’s scripture reading lingers on and makes me laugh each time I think of it. Continued on page 2
Monthly Community Gathering: Sat, Feb. 27
Our first Community Gathering for 2021 will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7– 9 p.m. Plan on joining us for music, an inspirational speaker and Communion at Trinity Community Church, 18687 Pribble Road, Lawrenceburg. We encourage social distancing and the wearing of masks. For those who prefer to maintain social distanced, nametags will help indicate the request for extra space. Note: We won’t be sharing dinner together, however the evening will still be full of fellowship. If you prefer, you can also join the Gathering via Facebook Live. Just click on the SEI Emmaus Community Facebook page at 7 p.m. on the 27.
Mark Your Calendars for the 2021 Fall Walks: At this time, we are still planning to hold our fall Walks. The Men’s Fall Walk will be held Oct 7 – 10 and the Women’s Walk will take place Oct 14 –17.
ON THE JOURNEY
Reading Scripture in New Ways
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She started off well enough with Adam and Adam’s sons. Then it was as if she started really paying attention to what she was reading. She read Genesis 5:18: “Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.” and then she added, “Wow, he was really old to be a dad!” She read verse 22, “Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” She turned to me and said, “Didn’t he die? He walked with God – it doesn’t say that about the other people.” By the time Heidi reached verse 27, “So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.” everyone was cracking up at her comments. None of us were disappointed by her comment on this verse, “That’s REALLY old!”
It was the most humorous reading of Genesis 5 I’ve ever heard. But it taught me an important lesson. In reading scripture, we need to pay attention and try to hear it in new ways. We can read scripture in new ways by trying a different translation or a paraphrase. Over the years I’ve read “The Message” and “The Cotton Patch Gospels.” We can watch a movie that makes us see a familiar Bible story in a different way: “The Passion of the Christ” or “Godspell.” If we approach our Bible reading as a chore or something that we already know, we won’t get much out of it. But reading scripture in new ways allows God to talk to us in new ways. I will always be thankful and blessed by a teenager’s fresh reading of a “boring” genealogical passage in the Bible. When we read the Bible with fresh eyes and a willing spirit, we see God in new ways.
Growth Through Study (Talk 6) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). As A is to Z, so Alpha is to Omega. Christ is Alpha. Christ is Omega. The beginning and the end of all things and everything in between.
Learning the language is essential to all aspects of life. When we were young, we practiced over and over until we could recite the alphabet. We printed line after line on our writing tablets, making sure each letter we printed was the right height above and below the line. We made sure that each circle was in correct proportion to other letters with circles. We practiced; we memorized.
When you were young, you were an “abecedarian.” Webster’s Third New International Dictionary says that an abecedarian is “a person learning the rudiments of something such as the alphabet.” Children learn their ABCs in order to communicate with their world.
If we are to know our Alpha and Omega, we must continue to grow in God’s Word. Jesus is our Good Word. He is our God Word.
When we study God’s words in the Bible, we too become “abecedarians”—we learn the fundamentals of the language of love. We need to know the syntax of the language and how to communicate it. We must learn it completely so that we can witness, and witness well.
Question for Reflection: How can we be Christians in the world without knowing our Alpha and Omega?
Remember your ABCDs: Always Be Christ’s Disciple.
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.
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