September 19, 2004

Peter Nosco - “The Road to Emmaus”

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Peter Nosco (Head of the Department of Asian Studies at UBC) spoke on Luke's story of the two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus Easter Sunday just before sundown. Earlier that day, they had heard women telling unbelievable stories about Jesus being alive, even though the men knew he was dead. Ironically, the risen Jesus walked with them, explained scriptures, accepted their invitation to stay with them that evening, but was recognized only when breaking bread as he had done about 48 hours earlier at the Last Supper. Peter felt drawn to this story because he often does his best meditating and conversing when walking (he paced while preaching). He asked whether, like the two disciples, we do not find God because we overlook the possibility of encountering him in the simple things of life such as having tea, gardening or sitting quietly. We worship a great God, but do we (like Cleopas) ever invite God to stay with us? In the story, just at that crucial moment of recognition, Jesus moved on, much as Philip was spirited away immediately after baptizing the Eunuch. Perhaps this teaches that when work is done, we need to move on, because there is much more work to do. [JEK]


Passage: Luke 24:13-35
Communion: No
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Speaker: Peter Nosco
Worship Leader: Evan Kreider
Song Leader: Louise Klippenstein
Pianist: Kathryn Schmidt
Usher: Rovin Karuna
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Child Care Volunteer: Katy Garden

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