West Kirk Weekly
Good evening. Thanks to Anne and Dave for leading our prayer meeting on Sunday. It is good that we are able to meet together to pray for the things that are important to us and our church.
Just a reminder that the second Sunday in each month will be Foodbank Sunday. Thanks also to those who are continuing to add food to the basket week by week.
Just a reminder that Christian Aid Week falls in May. There will be a lunch on the 14th of May to raise funds for Christian Aid. Moira and Helen are also looking for collectors at Morrison’s in Stewartfield on Saturday 13th May and street collectors for that week. If you are able to help in any way please let us know – all help is most welcome!
Scripture: When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31 (NIV)
Sometimes when I am working with children with additional support needs I use pictures where the child has to look for different things in the one picture.
Sometimes in these pictures, we don't always see what is really there. It is easy to see one thing, but we might not see anything else until we look at the picture for a few minutes. Our Bible story today is about two men who had some difficulty in recognizing Jesus as he joined them as they were walking to a village called Emmaus.
On the very same day that Jesus was raised from the grave, two of his followers were walking to Emmaus and talking about everything that happened over the past several days. As they walked along, Jesus joined them, but the Bible tells us that they were kept from recognizing him.
"What are you discussing as you walk along?" Jesus asked the men.
"Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know that has happened the past few days?" one of the men replied.
"What things?" Jesus asked.
"About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "Our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to die. They crucified him and buried him. Now, some we saw some women and they told us that they went to his tomb this morning and they did not find his body. They told us that an angel appeared to them and told them the Jesus was alive."
They continued walking and talking to Jesus. As they approached the village, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther, but the men urged him to stay with them since the day was almost over. Jesus agreed and stayed with them. As they sat down at the table to eat, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, and gave it to them. When he did this, their eyes were opened and they recognized that it was Jesus, then he disappeared from their sight.
Sometimes, we don't see the whole picture at first as the men in our Bible lesson didn't recognize Jesus. You and I might not always see that Jesus is walking beside us, but He is there, walking with us and caring for us.
Father, open our eyes that we might recognize that Jesus is with us as we walk through life's journey. We trust in him as he guides us in our daily walk and it is in his name we pray.
This week continue to pray for Christine Cross and her family in this week of their bereavement. Continue to remember Kay and Vena in your prayers as they are unable to join us on a Sunday morning and at all other church activities because of their health issues.
Laura Fleming- Session Clerk