And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
– 2 Corinthians 8:5
The journey begins here
Our 72 hour experience is a short course in Christian understanding presented through 15 talks and discussions in a small group setting.
What happens on the Emmaus Weekend?
You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity 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.
Expect to . . .
- listen, discuss, sing, pray, interact and think. You’ll be with others who are also taking steps forward on their journeys of faith.
- have a lot of “together” time and as well as some private time for your own reflection.
- make some new friends.
- be taken care of. A team of servants will be working behind the scenes to see that you are fed well and comfortably housed. They will take into consideration the health requirements and restrictions noted on your registration form.
- have enough time for a full night’s sleep.
- surrender a bit of control over your life. A disciple surrenders to Christ and a Pilgrim surrenders to the weekend. As a Pilgrim, on the Walk to Emmaus, we’ll ask you to give God your attention for 72 hours. Please leave your phone, watch, and other electronic devices at home.
What Happens After the Emmaus Weekend?
You are invited to have a closer walk with Christ for the rest of your life; this is called the Fourth Day. Those who attend a Walk to Emmaus are encouraged to:
- Expand their own spiritual lives through worship, study and active participation in their local church
- Become more active disciples of Christ in service to the world
To nurture this process of discipleship, the Emmaus movement offers specific opportunities. First, groups of four to six people meet weekly to reflect on their spiritual journey and encourage one another in accountable discipleship. Second, there are monthly community gatherings where Emmaus participants meet for fellowship, worship and instruction. Third, community members are regularly informed of the support needs of upcoming Walk to Emmaus weekends, and other opportunities for servant leadership.