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January 14, 2024: Join us today in person or on Zoom for our Emmaus Celebration at 3:45pm!

Updated: May 4

Sunday January 14, 2024: Join us today for our Emmaus Celebration! at 3:45pm.

Please join us for our Emmaus Community Celebration Today, Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Knox Presbyterian or join us on ZOOM:

Our celebration starts with greetings at 3:45pm (or earlier if the Spirit moves you)

In Person at Knox Presbyterian and Thanksgiving Lutheran (a facility we share with both congregations)

1650 West Third Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95401


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Liturgy in WORD and PDF formats for downloading:

Emmaus Liturgical Order of Service for Sunday, January 14, 2024


Welcome: Dan 

Dan While riding home with Nancy after our last spirituality group session at Victoria’s, where we delved into Jan Richardson’s poem “For Those Who Have Far to Travel,” I got the inspiration for this liturgy. I realized that her last stanza reminded me so much of Cindy, and I thought it would be a great way for us to kick off this year of 2024.

That stanza challenges each of us “to offer the gift most needed—the gift only we could give—before turning to go home by another way.”

Keep them, break them,

make them again:

each promise becomes

part of the path;

each choice creates

the road

that will take you

to the place

where at last

you will kneel


to offer the gift

most needed—

the gift that only you

can give—

before turning to go

home by

another way.

Beatrice Bruteau says, “We are the New Creation in the active sense of being those who are participating in the act of creating.” So I guess an important question for each of us this evening might be to answer one of the questions that Victoria posed to us. So close your eyes for a moment or two and ponder this: “What are the gifts you have to offer…and why is it important to go home another way?”


They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.


As the angels, during the night, revealed the Light to the shepherds and the star to the magi, so does John with his disciples. He points out that there is a person for whom he is the foreword, the forerunner, and he urges them to move forward, beyond himself, to the one “who comes after him” (John 1:15). John invites them to participate in the shifting paradigm of consciousness that shines in Jesus, surpassing their beliefs and convictions.


He exposes them to a process of compassion and freedom of unimaginable proportions, changing who they are, transforming them into change-agents and making them vessels of a new creation. Jesus’ creative energy, radiating goodness, empathy and inclusiveness, captivates the disciples’ emotions and imagination, so that their journey becomes a participation and a commitment to this new Emergence of Love.


They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.


What fascinates us and makes us stay with him? What changes in our relationships, in our personal and social structures because of our connection with Jesus? What is our stay like? Is it routine, an inherited tradition, security, or is it a subtle and unexposed presence that whispers and awakens us, like Samuel, who was sleeping in the temple, and propels us beyond the boundaries of who we are now as persons, communities and cultures?


Like every son and daughter of God, Samuel realizes over time that his very body is the temple of the Holy Spirit present among us, urging us to undertake an unpredictable journey in uncharted territories. I believe that the space of faith we are invited into is not a place where we can settle or control, in our relationship with the divine Energy, which tries to break us free, to release us from the historical weight of our conditioning, both personal and cultural.


Opening Song: Here I Am Lord

Here I Am, Lord

I, the Lord of sea and sky,

I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in dark and sin

My hand will save.


I who made the stars of night,

I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them?

Whom shall I send?


Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.

I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,

I have borne my people's pain.

I have wept for love of them.

They turn away.


I will break their hearts of stone,

Give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my word to them.

Whom shall I send?


Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.

I will hold your people in my heart.


I, the Lord of wind and flame,

I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them.

My hand will save.


Finest bread I will provide

Till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them.

Whom shall I send?


Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.

I will hold your people in my heart.

Isaiah 6 - Dan Schutte


Opening Prayer: Nancy This is a portion of a prayer from the West Highlands of Scotland It is a prayer for the journey, a prayer for our beloved community in 2024. “Carmina Gadelica”


Thou art the gracious Red Rowan that subdues the ire and the anger of all men.  As a sea wave from flow to ebb,  As a sea wave from ebb to flow,  the mantle of Christ be placed upon thee  to shade thee from thy crown to thy soul.  The mantle of the source of life be keeping thee  to be thy champion and thy leader.


 May peace be across this planet, may peace be with you and within me. ALL: Amen.


First reading: Dan L Samuel 3:3b-10, 19

3 Samuel was sleeping in the sanctuary, where the sacred Covenant Box was. Before dawn, while the lamp was still burning, 4 the Lord called Samuel. He answered, “Yes, sir!” 5 and ran to Eli and said, “You called me, and here I am.”


But Eli answered, “I didn't call you; go back to bed.” So Samuel went back to bed.

6-7 The Lord called Samuel again. The boy did not know that it was the Lord, because the Lord had never spoken to him before. So he got up, went to Eli, and said, “You called me, and here I am.”


But Eli answered, “My son, I didn't call you; go back to bed.”

8 The Lord called Samuel a third time; he got up, went to Eli, and said, “You called me, and here I am.”


Then Eli realized that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, 9 so he said to him, “Go back to bed; and if he calls you again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed.


10 The Lord came and stood there, and called as he had before, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak; your servant is listening.”

The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable


 Responsorial Song: I Heard the Voice of Jesus

1 I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Come unto Me and rest;

lay down, thou weary one, lay down

thy head upon My breast.”

I came to Jesus as I was,

so weary, worn, and sad;

I found in Him a resting place,

and He has made me glad.


2 I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Behold, I freely give

the living water, thirsty one;

stoop down, and drink, and live.”

I came to Jesus, and I drank

of that life-giving stream;

my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,

and now I live in Him.


3 I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“I am this dark world’s Light;

look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,

and all thy day be bright.”

I looked to Jesus, and I found

in Him my Star, my Sun;

and in that Light of life I’ll walk,

till trav'ling days are done.


.GOSPEL: Jim J. John 1: 35-42 (Come, See for Yourself)

35-36 The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb.”

37-38 The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, “What are you after?”


They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 He replied, “Come along and see for yourself.”


They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened.

40-42 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus.

The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). He immediately led him to Jesus. Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”). 


A reading from the Gospel according to John.

All: Praise to you Jesus the Christ.


Homily: Dan I was powerfully impressed by Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road, which also became a motion picture. An apocalyptic event has occurred on the earth. Nature has been destroyed, reduced to a parched, ransacked land. Everything is plunged into a gray atmosphere, saturated with ashes and desolation.


Human beings have become hunters, one against the other, reduced to survival, brutality, and savagery. All the values of civilization, including beauty, goodness, and joy, have been swept away. In this context of absolute desperation, the only spark of meaning and humanity shines in the journey of two people, a father with his son, who are moving south to survive the approaching winter.


More essentially, we slowly perceive that they are carrying the fire of care and goodness through a world overwhelmed by violence and death. It is this interior fire that the father enkindles in his son. It is the only breath of the passing God. It is the flame of an unshakable, spiritual confidence, in the midst of the unending storm of atrocities, entrusted to the responsibility of human beings.


They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.


How do you carry, enhance, and spread the fire, the liberating and loving flame in your context of life?   What kind of embracing flame are you committed to, for example, in the wonderful and challenging discoveries of technology and science, in the interfaith dialogue, in the care for the planet, in respect to the laws of a country that tries to create a fair and equitable society?

What do we bring to the table this evening?


 Liturgy of the Eucharist

amen siakudumisa.

amen siakudumisa.

amen bawo,

amen bawo,

amen siakudumisa.

Amen, we praise your name, O God.

Amen, we praise your name, O God.

Amen, amen,

amen, amen,

amen, we praise your name, O God.


Eucharistic Prayer:

Nancy: We gather together to share the Mystery of the Divine in every person, in everything we do. Spirit of Life, Spirit of the Divine, come to us in this celebration and bless these gifts of bread and wine. Encircle us with your love and inspire us to become the transformation we seek to become.


Dan: We are on a journey and our road meets with those of everyone who is walking toward freedom and liberation tonight – wherever they come from, whatever sadness they face. With Mary we keep the human family together, telling them “we must go on, we cannot turn back. We have a role in creating a world of peace for us and all our children. Everyone is welcome in this new world without borders. Lament cannot take hold if gratitude gets there first.”


Nancy: This is the message of our brother Jesus, who baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and fire. Our brother Jesus now invites us to share with Him this simple meal, which he celebrated the night before he died with his companions. He knew the hours were precious and the time short. This gave new meaning to his words:


ALL: (Extend Hands) This is my body given up for you


Dan: Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and shared it with them, saying:

ALL: (Extend hands)

This is the cup of my blood, poured out for all of you. Do this in memory of me.


Dan: And so, with all creation we join in a hymn of praise:

We remember how you loved us all your life.

And still we celebrate for you are with us here.

And we believe that we will see you  When you come, when you come again! 

We remember! We celebrate! We believe!


Dan: Let us pray: All: O God, Mother and Father of Us All,….  Like your son, Jesus of Nazareth, who blessed a variety of human relationships rooted in love, may we have the wisdom and grace to foster, strengthen, and support all loving relationships and all families.  


May your command to love one another as you have loved us, O God, cause us to pay heed to the movement of your Holy Spirit, who calls us in the here and now to embrace the rainbow of loving human relationships that reflect your love for all of humanity in its wonderful diversity.


May we speak out courageously when others try to pass laws that exclude, diminish, or demonize other persons and their families because of who they are and whom they love. May we take to heart what we know to be true: that where love and charity prevail, you are to be found.  We ask this, as always, through your Many Holy Names. Amen. Bernard Schlager


Nancy: Kiss of Peace

 Nancy: Everyone is invited to this table.  The Spirit, whom the Universe cannot contain  is present to us in this bread.   She who redeems us and calls us by name  now meets us in this cup.   So, come, take this bread,   Drink this wine,   In them, the Spirit comes to us,   so that we may become one with the Spirit.


Dan: We invite everyone now on Zoom to partake of this communion we share while we listen to our Communion Song,


Enid: January Birthday blessings to our Emmaus sisters and brothers


Closing Prayer: All

You now breathe, O God, within each of us.  and among us as a greater capacity of love. The stretched arms on the cross are measures of your compassion: broken walls of inclusion, blossoming of peace in every heart. You enter the world, O God, through us:  through your courage to live life hopefully each day, through our passion to endlessly love,  and to make every moment that is given to us a particle of your eternity.

 And the people of this beloved Emmaus community say: Amen.



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