Our name, Emmaus (pronounced 'E-may-us) is taken from the story in the Gospel of Luke, where two of Jesus' followers are walking to the village of Emmaus and discussing the events that occurred following his death. As they wonder what lies ahead, they are joined by a stranger who reminds them of the promises of the scriptures regarding the Messiah. Inviting this stranger to join them for supper, it is only when he blesses the meal that they recognize him as the risen Lord.
Like those followers of Jesus, we find ourselves walking through life, pondering the path that lies ahead, but knowing that Jesus is with us on our own 'Road to Emmaus'.
We invite you to join us for worship every Sunday at 3:00 pm. Our worship service is a mixture of traditional and non-traditional music and liturgy within a casual atmosphere. We celebrate Holy Communion weekly. Gathering on Sunday afternoons we encourage you to 'come as you are' whether you have been out gardening and didn't have time to change or just come from having Sunday dinner with mom.
Our congregation was formed in 2010 when our former worshipping community voted to sever its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its policies of inclusion and acceptance. Those believers wishing to maintain a tie with the ELCA and its mission in our area worked to create the open and welcoming worship community that Emmaus is today.
We are currently meeting at First Christian Church 1800 E. 12th St which is at the corner of Woodruff and 12th street. Coffee, refreshments and conversation are offered after worship each week.
Emmaus Lutheran is a fully inclusive community that encourages each person to discover the unconditional love of God in his/her own life. We are a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation.
Our Mission Statement
To love Christ
by accepting and welcoming all in worship,
fellowship, Bible study, and community outreach,
while celebrating our gifts and talents.
Our Vision Statement
Responding with gratitude for God’s mercy and grace,
we are a worshiping community
with passion for God and compassion for all.
Because gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons are often scorned by society and alienated from the Church, we wish to make known our caring and concern. It is for this purpose that:
- people of all sexual orientations and gender identities share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God;
- people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome
to worship with us and join in all activities of this church community;
- people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome to become members of this community upon making a common, public affirmation of faith; and
- as members of this congregation, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are expected and encouraged to share in the sacramental and general life of this congregation.
RIC WELCOMING STATEMENT FOR EMMAUS LUTHERAN COMMUNITY (ELCA)
People of every color, culture, and ethnic background
People of every gender identity and sexual orientation
People of all mental and physical abilities
People who are single, widowed, divorced, separated, partnered, blessed or married
People of all ages, political persuasions, levels of education
People of every economic circumstance or social status
People of any religious affiliation or none
People of all family configurations
People who speak languages other than English
People who have felt excluded or marginalized
We encourage all people to participate in the sacraments and life of our community.