Contemporary Worship 8:50am - Sunday Study Groups 10:00am - Traditional Worship 11:15am

7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731 512.345.1743 info@NWHillsUMC.org

Emmaus Walk 2018

Where are you on your life’s journey?  Do you have questions about this faith thing?  Are you seeking a stronger spiritual life?  Then you should check out the Walk to Emmaus.

You might ask “What is the Walk to Emmaus”?  The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual journey.  It revolves around the scripture in Luke 24:13-35 where two men are walking on the road to Emmaus. These men were discussing the events of the day and they are very troubled.  It is the third day after the crucifixion and the body has been discovered to be missing.  Jesus joins them on their walk.  They are kept from recognizing him.  He begins to discuss the scripture with them.  They ask him to join them at their house for a meal and he agrees to accompany them.  He blesses the food and as he breaks the bread, their eyes are opened and they recognize him as the risen Savior.  They even say to each other “were not our hearts strangely warmed and he talked with us?”

 

These verses are the cornerstone of the Walk to Emmaus.  The Walk is open to anyone of any denomination who attends a church.  It is for anyone who has a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives.  It is for anyone who has questions about their faith.

 

You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups.  It usually begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday evening.  During those days, you will have discussions centering around fifteen talks given by lay persons and clergy.  These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and how it is expressed in the world.  You’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ.  You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Emmaus community.  You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership as you head back to your daily lives and your home churches.

 

And the experience doesn’t stop at the end of the three day retreat.  You are invited to walk closer with Christ for the rest of your life.  This is called the Fourth Day.  You are encouraged to continue your studies and build on your relationship with Christ.  There are small groups called Reunion Groups that meet usually once a week or once a month.  They reflect on their spiritual journey and hold each other accountable in their discipleship.  And, you are now a part of a larger community which meets once a month for fellowship, worship and communion with one another at the Gatherings.  The Gatherings are held at various churches across Austin.

 

Men and Women attend separate Walks.  The Men’s Walk for the Greater Austin Emmaus Community is April 19 through April 22.  The next Women’s Walk will be November 15 through November 18.  We are currently accepting applications for the Men’s Walk.  But, it is never too early to start planning.  So, Women’s applications are being accepted as well.  When you submit your application, you will be paired with a sponsor who will make sure you have everything you need for the weekend.  They will even make arrangements for you to get to the retreat center.  You will want for nothing that weekend.  You will eat until you don’t think you can eat another bite.  You will sing, worship and form new relationships that will continue on long after the Walk is finished.  And, you will come away renewed in the spirit of Jesus Christ and ready to set the world on fire.


Contemporary Worship 8:50am - Sunday Study Groups 10:00am - Traditional Worship 11:15am

7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731 512.345.1743 info@NWHillsUMC.org