In this week's Bible study podcast, Pastor Andrea Fluegel and Jack Palmer discuss two of the disciples walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus following the resurrection of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. In this scripture text, the empty tomb leads to mixed evaluations - the witness of the women to the resurrection of Jesus and the disbelief of the two male disciples. The scandal of the cross has become for them a stumbling block in their faith and belief in Jesus as the Messiah. In addition, two of the major themes of this scripture are: lack of recognition of who Jesus is and what does it mean to drift away from the community of disciples. For the two disciples failure of insight comes from the failure to embrace the ways of God. This is what it means when Jesus says they are "slow of heart." How are we "slow of heart?" How do we recognize Jesus but disregard his call to love and serve the neighbor and stranger?
"Heart of the Matter" is a seven-week series concluding with the Festival Day of Pentecost. Easter is not just a day. It is a whole season of time when we remember and celebrate that the Spirit of Jesus lives on in each of us. So over the next few weeks, we are worshiping and praising God as the early disciples (later apostles) did, in their homes with glad and generous hearts, breaking bread, and having the goodwill of all people. It is in this way, that we are connected. We are connected through the love and grace of Jesus. Worship script by Marcia McFee and Worship Design Studio.