The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two men who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Two friends were walking together, sharing their hearts’ deepest concerns. The risen Christ joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked; how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter his glory. This experience on the road was a heartwarming experience as the risen Christ walked and talked with them. The two had their eyes opened and they recognized him as the risen Christ and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35)
The walk to Emmaus story provides the image for Emmaus, an Upper Room program that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. Like its predecessor, Cursillo de Cristiandad (Spanish for “short course in Christianity”), the Walk to Emmaus is a three day experience that takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, congregations and the whole world in which they live. Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the Church.
The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour experience. The weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. At Emmaus you will spend three busy, but very enjoyable days, usually at a retreat center. You will live and study together in singing, prayer, worship, and discussion. You will discover how grace is real in your life, and how you can live in the life of grace, bringing grace to others. You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion, and to begin to understand more fully the presence of Christ in his body of believers. You will experience God’s grace personally through the prayers and acts of service of a loving support community.
One of the primary strengths of Emmaus is the follow up. Your weekend lasts only three days, but you are invited to build on it for the rest of your life. Those who attend a “Walk to Emmaus” are encouraged to do two things following their weekend: 1) Expand your spiritual life through study and congregational participation. 2) Become more active Disciples of Christ in the world through their churches.

To nurture this process of discipleship, the Emmaus movement offers specific opportunities. First, group reunions of four to six people meet to reflect on their quest for spiritual growth and encourage one another in discipleship. Second, there will be Emmaus community gatherings. All people in a particular Emmaus community or area are invited for fellowship, worship, and informal instruction. Third, through a newsletter, members become aware of support needs for upcoming Walks to Emmaus and there are opportunities to work during future weekends in a variety of ways.

UPCOMING WALKS

September 7-10, 2017

Camp of the Good Shepard
10312 Agnew Road
Louisville, NE 68037

September 14-17, 2017

Camp of the Good Shepard
10312 Agnew Road
Louisville, NE 68037

“This experience changed my life. I’m no longer just filling a seat at church. I’m living the Christian life I’ve always wanted.”