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March 2014 News

An opportunity for spiritual exercise

  • Written by  Ian Anderson

Greater spiritual growth and intimacy with Christ may just be a walk away. 

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the Church. 

“The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion,” said Rod Jurgs, facilitator for the Darling Downs walks.

The ‘Emmaus community’, made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, and by preparing and serving meals and other acts of love and self-giving. 

The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.

“When I attended my walk back in August 2008, nothing could have prepared me for the spiritual ‘walk’ I was about to embark on,” said Rod.

“I had never considered myself particularly a lover of ‘exercise’, so the thought of going on an extended ‘walk’ wasn’t really my thing!”

“However God had another sort of ‘journey’ in mind for me! He met me on my walk and revealed himself to me in ways that I had never considered possible before.”

What Rod loves most about Emmaus is that it is nondenominational.

“It truly represents the ‘Body of Christ’ coming together as one to learn more about Jesus,” he said.  

For more on Emmaus or the upcoming walks please contact Rod on 0404 870 002  or visit www.darlingdowns.emmaus.org.au

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