April 30, 2017.  The journey to Emmaus is the journey of dashed hopes. The disciples were utterly devastated after Jesus’ death; the future they had hoped for is no longer possible. Their hopes were so fixed on what they wanted Jesus to do and be that they are unable to recognize the risen Jesus when he joins them on the road. Sometimes our hopes are so fixed and determined that we are kept from recognizing Jesus, too. This sermon explores the disappointment and devastation that comes with letting go of that for which we hope, as it also looks to Jesus as the One who continually helps us place our hope in God and God’s power to bring new life.

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