- About Us
Manchaca UMC Emmaus Lay Director
Leigh Anne Moore
It is easy to go:
1. Find a sponsor
2. Fill out an application
3. Get a signature from the pastor
4. The cost is $150
Check out http://www.hayspraise.org/ for upcoming walk dates and more in depth information
What is the Walk to Emmaus?
The Gospel of Luke recounts a story of two disciples who encountered Christ after the Resurrection. The two had seen Christ crucified, they had heard some others say that Jesus was Risen, but they didn’t understand any of it. They were walking back to Emmaus to give up their calling as disciples and go back to their old way of life.
Along the way, a stranger joined them and they began telling him how depressed, confused and lonely they felt. Jesus, the man they had thought was the Messiah, was now dead. The Stranger began to explain the promises of Scripture and that night, as He blessed and broke bread, the disciples’ eyes were opened and they realized that this Stranger was Jesus, alive and in their midst.
If you have ever had the feeling that Christ might be right beside you, and yet you didn’t recognize Him, or if you would like to know Christ better, then you might want to consider the spiritual renewal of a Walk to Emmaus. This event is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is held at a retreat center and will involve three concentrated and very enjoyable days. Discussions will center on fifteen presentations led by laity and clergy around the theme of God’s grace, and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world.
Emmaus is not like some land sales deal or a pseudo-therapeutic encounter session. The program is presented with great integrity and authenticity. It is informative and intensely practical. You will leave with information and insights that can help you all of your life. Emmaus is also spiritual, offering the opportunity to participate in daily worship and celebration of Holy Communion.
Surprising to some, Emmaus is fun! You laugh and eat until your sides ache. You share fellowship and foolishness in a wonderfully meaningful way, but most of all you receive more love than you ever expected. This pure, unconditional love comes not only from Jesus, but from people who have organized your walk and from dozens of people whom you will never meet.
Most important: Emmaus works. Jesus is alive and walks with us every day, and we can see Him if we learn to open our eyes. The participants are helped to focus on God as known in Jesus Christ and inspired, challenged and equipped for Christian action wherever they are. These seventy-two hours can be the beginning of a life-long walk filled with the strength, joy and peace for which we all yearn.
Before making any decision about Emmaus, speak with someone who has attended a Walk and learn what dimension it has added to his or her life. At the very least, pray about the possibility of going. It just may be one of the best decisions you ever made.
The Walk to Emmaus is grounded theologically and institutionally in The Upper Room ministry unit of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.
However, The Walk to Emmaus is ecumenical. The program invites and involves the participation of Christians of many denominations. Emmaus is ecumenical not only because members of many denominations participate, but because Emmaus seeks to foster Christian unity and to reinforce the whole Christian community. This is one of the great strengths and joys of the Emmaus movement.
The fact that Emmaus is ecumenical does not mean it is theologically indifferent. On the contrary, The Walk to Emmaus is designed to communicate with confidence and depth the essentials of the Christian life, while accentuating those features that Christians have traditionally held in common.
The Upper Room Walk to Emmaus is a tightly designed event that is conducted with discipline according to a manual that is universally standard. Emmaus is offered only with the permission and under the guidelines of The Upper Room. This ensures a proven format and a common experience that should be trustworthy from weekend to weekend wherever Emmaus is being offered.
Each community is administered locally through its local Board of Directors. The program is administered globally through the International Emmaus office in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Check out http://www.hayspraise.org/ for more in depth information about the Hays walks