Welcome to Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church
Where the love of Christ builds a harbor of acceptance, inspiration,
Fellowship, service and joy.
You enrich our worship with your presence.
"When we say welcome we mean it!"
It is not possible to pass the collection plate at our live home church. We do need your contributions. Please sent your check, made out to Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church to:
Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church
c/o Monty Rice
1298 Warren Rd.
Cambria, CA 93428
If this is your first time here, WELCOME.
Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church-PCUSA
2700 Eton Rd. • Cambria, CA 93428
Call or text 805.395.1521
Prelude Deborah Farrand
At the tolling of the bell, please quietly prepare your heart for worship.
Meditation Music Deborah Farrand
Welcome and Announcements
† Call to Worship
Leader: God has prepared a time for us.
People: He has given us the Sabbath and sanctuary.
Leader: We are safe here, in His presence.
People: He prepares a table for us, and our cup overflows.
Unison: We give all praise, honor and glory to Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We are gathered to worship.
† The Psalm Prayer, from Psalm 23 (In unison)
Lord as our shepherd you assure us that we lack nothing. You lead and guide us, even through dark valleys. We fear no evil. We know you are with us and you com-fort us. Our lives are filled with your love and goodness. Forever, we will dwell in your safety. We love and adore you. Amen.
Prayer of Confession (In unison)
Loving and forgiving God, we are sorry that sometimes we take You for granted. It slips our mind that You stand at the beginning and the end of time and are with us in our every heart beat. You protect us. You gave us your Son to be our Savior.
You feed us. Still we withdraw into the imagined power of our own minds and will, and we forget to love, to forgive, to serve, to uplift, to be merciful and to put our trust in You. Please hear our silent prayers…
(In unison) Fill us with gratitude and the light of Christ so that we may be trans-formed. In His precious name we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon New Creations in Christ
†The Sharing of the Peace
Hymn of Preparation #452 Open the Eyes of My Heart
Leader: Listen for the Word of God.
People: Our ears are open and our hearts are ready to receive.
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
Leader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Call to Prayer: Hymn #466 Come and Fill Our Hearts with Your Peace
Prayers of the People
Response to Prayer Hymn #710 We Are an Offering
† Charge and Benediction
†=If able, please stand
CURRENT PRAYER LIST
Members of our community that are lonely, hungry and sick.
If you would like to support the work of Safe Harbor Church financially:
Tax deductible checks may be made to Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church.
During our period of isolation, please mail checks to:
Monty Rice 1298 Warren Road Cambria CA 93428
WHEN WE SAY “ WELCOME! ”, WE MEAN IT!
# 246 Christ is Alive Return
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. The cross stands empty to the sky. Let streets and homes with praises ring. Love, drowned in death, shall never die.
Christ is alive! No longer bound to distant years in Palestine, but saving, healing, here and now, and touching every place and time.
In every insult, rift, and war where color, scorn, or wealth divide,
Christ suffers still, yet loves the more, and lives, where even hope has died.
Women and men, in age and youth, can feel the Spirit, hear the call, and find the way, the life, the truth, revealed in Jesus, freed for all.
Christ is alive and comes to bring, good news to this and every age, till earth and sky and ocean ring with joy, with justice, love and praise.
#505 The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing Return
The trumpets sound, the angels sing; the feast is ready to begin. The gates of heaven are open wide, and Jesus welcomes you inside.
Sing with thankfulness songs of pure delight.
Come and revel in heaven’s love and light.
Take your place at the table of the King.
The feast is ready to begin; the feast is ready to begin.
Tables are laden with good things; O taste the peace and joy he brings. He’ll fill you up with love divine; he’ll turn your water into wine.
The hungry heart he satisfies, offers the poor his paradise. Now hear all heaven and earth applaud the amazing goodness of the Lord.
#500 Be Known in the Breaking of the Bread Return
Be known to us in breaking bread, but do not then depart; Savior, abide with us, and spread your table in our heart.
Here share with us, in love divine, your body and your blood, that living bread, that heavenly wine be our immortal food.
#501 Feed us Lord Return
Feed us Lord. Feed us Lord. In the broken bread, be revealed again. Come and feed our hearts, O Lord.
Quench us, Lord. Quench us Lord. On this thirsty ground, may your love flow down. Come and quench our hearts, O Lord.
Fill us Lord. Fill us Lord, with the bread and wine of the risen Christ. Come and fill our hearts, O Lord.
Lead us Lord. Lead us Lord, nourished here by Christ, given strength for life. Come and lead our hearts, O Lord.
The Road to Emmaus……Luke 24:13-35…..Easter III, 2020
Luke 24:13) Now on the same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about 7 miles from Jerusalem, 14) and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15) While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16) but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17) And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18) Then on of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19) He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20) and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21) But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22) Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23) and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24) Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25) Then he said to them, “Oh how foolish you are, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26) Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27) Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 28) As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29) But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now already over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30) When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31) Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32) They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the read, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33) That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34) They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35) Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Background: This passage follows immediately upon Peter’s confused departure from the empty tomb that first Easter morning. From there we move to a new scene a short distance from Jerusalem, where two despairing disciples are headed to a nondescript town called Emmaus. This is undoubtedly the most well developed and beautiful of the resurrection appearance stories in the Gospels and it occurs only in Luke. The story seeks to answer the question: how can believers experience the risen Christ?
Incognito: There are many stories in the scriptures and in Ancient Near Eastern culture of divine encounters in which God or an angel appears in disguise. In Genesis, Abraham and Sarah encounter the three divine visitors at the Oaks of Mamre. They do not recognize them as God even when they pronounce upon them that they would have a child after long years of barrenness. In Exodus, Moses encounters God in a burning
bush. In Hebrews, we are counseled not to neglect hospitality to strangers because we might entertain angels unawares. The thought behind these encounters is that, from time to time, God will come to us in disguise in order to test us to see if we really believe what we say we believe. In this text, the test is whether or not these disciples truly understand what has happened in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Vs.13 - on the same day – the first Easter day
Two of them – two of Jesus’ extended band of followers
Emmaus – no one knows for sure where this town was. There are many guesses. What is certain is that is was a small town that was not very noteworthy. Nor do we know why these disciples were going there. Perhaps it was home for them and they were returning in defeat from the Passover celebration in Jerusalem.
All these things – the betrayal, death and empty tomb of Jesus.
Vs. 16 – their eyes were kept from recognizing – there is much debate about what caused their inability to perceive Jesus. Scholars propose three possibilities, divine prevention, the shape of their own hearts or Satanic prevention.
Vs. 17 – literally – “What are these words that you have been pitching back and forth to each other?”
Stood still – Jesus’ question paralyzes them for a moment
Looking sad – downcast, gloomy
Vs. 18 – there are several ways this verse could be translated. The important thing is the irony that Cleopas thinks that the one person that really does know what happened is the only one that doesn’t know.
Vs. 19-24 – provide a summary of the passion account.
Vs. 25 –28 – Jesus puts the pieces together for them through the scriptures. It is very important to the early church that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament scriptures.
Vs. 28 – he walked ahead – This was a sign of social deference. This was Jesus’ way of not forcing himself upon them.
Vs 29 – urged – In Near Eastern culture an invitation such as this would be turned down several times until it was vigorously repeated.
Vs. 30 – took, blessed, broke, gave – Jesus typical pattern of relating to his disciples. It is interesting to note that here, Jesus as guest, takes on the role of host.
Vs. 31 – recognized him – it was in the table fellowship that they saw Jesus for who he was. Luke wants to emphasize that that same table fellowship is offered to all believers at all times.
Vanishes – spiritual experience and insight are often transitory.
Questions for Personal Reflection
1. In times of discouragement, confusion or sorrow, where do you go? Have you ever failed to recognize Jesus in such times? How did he come to you? How did he get through to you?
2. What have you learned about Christ’s presence and work in your life as you look back?
The Rev. Eugenia A. Gamble
The Rev. Dennis Falasco
Tom and Lana Cochrun
Monty and Julia Rice