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Men's Walk #78 – October 15-18, 2015
Lay Director: Larry Love
Vice Director: Tom Such
Theme: SPIRIT SONG
Song: "SPIRIT SONG"
I always thought that Spirit Song would be the theme song I would choose if I were ever asked to be a Lay Director for Walk to Emmaus. I first heard it on my Pilgrim Walk #41 in October, 1996 at Corvallis United Methodist Church. It is a reverent, straight-forward prayer asking The Holy Spirit to fill us and nurture us in our Christianity.
I was pretty slow to get to this point. For years I was content to serve in the Background, and I turned down opportunities to GROW. I had the “Moses” excuse - - “Not me, GOD, I’m not good enough. Get Aaron to do it”. I was a “quart low” on my FAITH level. But eventually, I did step up and take a Team Head position – you know - - that wasn’t so bad – my team and I turned out a good product, and I recognized the FAITH deficiency - - so the LORD and I fixed it. Thank YOU, LORD!
Then I was asked to be the Vice Director on Walk 68 – that went well, too. Some of those Pilgrims are working this Walk. GOD doesn’t ask us to succeed; HE asks us to TRY; HE will take care of the outcome. Just have FAITH!
Spirit of the Living GOD, fall afresh on me.
15 "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as HE had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the LORD had said: 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'" Acts 11:15-16 NIV
Do you recall hearing this?
"But you are a chosen people'…a royal Priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession,…that you may declare the praises of HIM who called you out of darkness into HIS wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
Yes, it is one of the verses from the Priesthood of All Believers Talk. See – you have heard it! And what are we supposed to do? As Priests, we are to make Christ REAL for people; we are to be CHANNELS of GOD's Grace; and we are to DEMONSTRATE and LIVE our Christianity. I try to incorporate this into my Christianity. I claim the Walk to Emmaus as my Priesthood / Mission calling.
We are called to be Priests. My faith level is overflowing, because the SPIRIT is sitting on my shoulder. Tom and I are assembling a GREAT team, and I want YOU to exercise your faith and your calling to the Priesthood, so we can make these Walks a wonderful experience for the Pilgrims. Bring your time and your talents to the task. Sign up. Sign up for a new job. Sponsor, sponsor, sponsor. If we don’t have Pilgrims, we don’t have Walks.
But above all, PRAY for the outreach of the Men’s and Women’s Walks as we work to bring GOD’s Grace to ourselves and our Pilgrims.
Women's Walk #78 – November 5-8, 2015
Lay Director: Pam Robbins
Vice Director: Sandi Perry
Theme: Waves of Grace
Song: Every Move I Make
My name is Pam Robbins and I attended my Walk to Emmaus in November 2001, on Mountain Trails Walk #16 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Since then I've worked every walk I could. God meets me there every time and it's wonderful to share that joy with others. Many hands and much love go into each walk, and between the two communities I've had the chance to serve on almost every team. Many friendships were formed as we labored together!
I sponsored my first pilgrim to an Oregon Trails Walk on #60 in Salem. It was a great beginning! Looking ahead to Walk #78, we start with the basic needs: pilgrims and workers. When Greg asked me to consider the Lay Director position, I laughed (it's what I do)! There were obstacles and rules, and other qualified leaders.
But God has perfect timing and He loves me, so I said "Here I am, Lord." Taking on this role now gives me the chance to encourage others and use and increase my strength for service. I'm newly diagnosed with a movement disorder, so the Spirit reminded me about where my strength comes from. I chose "Every Move I Make" as the Walk song, and the theme is "Waves of Grace."
There was great momentum when we concluded the set of walks in Newberg. I pray that your heart and your calendar will move you to take some part in the Fall walks. You can work onsite, be involved in Candlelight and Closing, take part in the prayer vigil or all of the above. The one certainty is you'll be awash in blessings. See you in Vancouver, USA!
Pilgrim Application Cutoff: October 3, 2015
Joint Team Meeting: October 10, 2015
Fourth Day: November 21, 2015