Day: Easter 3
Lectionary Passage: Luke 24:13-35
Scripture Focus: Luke 24:30-31
Note: If you want to teach the John Wesley Blessing to its traditional tune, it can be found in the United Methodist Hymnal #621. If you have younger children, then you may want to teach a simpler blessing like “Before I eat, I bow my head. Thank you God for daily bread. Amen.”
Our story for today is about a very special journey to a town called Emmaus. Two friends were walking there when all of a sudden they were joined by none other than Jesus. Except they didn’t know it was Jesus! They had a wonderful journey together and when they arrived in Emmaus, the friends asked Jesus to have dinner with them. Jesus was so glad they asked him to eat with them. When they sat down around the table, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Suddenly the friends knew it was Jesus! All because he had done something he had done a thousand times before: he gave the blessing before the meal and share a meal with them.
And that’s important for us to remember. We all need to remember to ask a blessing before we eat. When we ask a blessing, we give thanks to God for giving us the food that we’re about to eat. And this morning I want to teach you a very special blessing that most call the John Wesley Blessing. John Wesley was the guy who started our United Methodist Church. Okay, let’s learn it together, you repeat after me…
Be present at our table, Lord,
Be here and everywhere adored.
Thy creatures bless and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee.
That was great! Now, whenever you have a meal, you can say the John Wesley Blessing to give thanks to God for the food you have and remember the story of Jesus and the two friends on the road to Emmaus.
Let’s pray: Thank you God for all the blessings you give us especially food and friends. Help us to always remember to give you thanks. Amen.