First United Methodist Church Westfield

Saturday Message

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is the third Sunday in Easter, and we continue exploring some of the resurrection appearance of Jesus. This week we’ll look at Luke 24, the story of the disciples walking along the Road to Emmaus. You may remember that two followers of Jesus were on the seven-mile trek from Jerusalem to Emmaus, lamenting the fact that the one they had hoped would save the people was now dead and buried. The risen Jesus appeared with them and walked and talked with them on their journey, but they didn’t know who he was.

This is a wonderful passage, rich with meaning, reminding us that Jesus is often found in the face of a stranger. It also shares a theme with other resurrection passages that after the resurrection, Jesus’ closest followers often didn’t know who he was.

Tomorrow, it is our joy and privilege to baptize Cooper James Sheffield, son of Jon and Alicia Sheffield and grandson of Chuck and Joann Sheffield. As part of the baptismal service we will promise to support the Sheffields in raising Cooper in the faith. A baptism is one of the most joyful and meaningful things we do as Christians.

Hymns for the day are We Know that Christ Is Raised, Day of Arising (to the tune of Morning Has Broken), and Easter People, Raise Your Voices. Our special music will be A Gaelic Blessing, by John Rutter.

As Confirmand and Mentor, Kathryn Bager and Connie Palmer are presenting our Time with Children. Sarah Ashworth is our Lay Reader.

Beginning at 9:00 in the Fellowship Room, as part of an ongoing Bible study, we will explore the  Scripture lesson from Luke 24:13-35. Come join the conversation. 

Also tomorrow, as you will know if you received the special Connect on Friday, this Sunday is also Celebrate Isabelle Sunday! Everyone is invited to join Isabelle Myles in the Fellowship Room after church as we celebrate her 95th birthday!

Isabelle, who admits that she can’t sing a note but loves the glorious sounds of our pipe organs, was inspired in 2014 to donate a substantial sum toward the effort to restore our magnificent instruments. Finally, four years later, Isabelle’s generosity has helped to make the project a reality as we launch the “Adopt-a-Pipe” campaign.  We urge you to enjoy some “cake and coffee with Isabelle.” While you are there, we will briefly share more about this exciting campaign.

Musically speakingthe Organ Restoration Committee and Ministry of Music, thank you in advance for helping to make Isabelle’s dream a reality.

With every good wish for your Saturday, and with hopes to see you on Sunday.

Grace and peace,


P.S.  You are invited to join Su, Marcee, Kylie, Jonathan, and myself this Wednesday, April 18 for our third-Wednesday-of-the month midweek worship. The service is casual and lasts about half an hour.