An Ancient Faith, Reaching a New Generation, Lived in
Who We Are
First, we are simply an orthodox sacramental and evangelical church. Our church name is: Emmaus Abbey Church [Pronounced E-may-Us = Emmaus] and we are affiliated with the International Communion Charismatic Episcopal Church & CEC North America (CECNA). People ask: "Are you Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant and we answer, yes! Mainly, we are a group of believers seeking to be the "Ancient Future Church." "An Ancient Faith church, Reaching a New Generation, Lived in Holy Community" teaching the truths of the Early Church Fathers.
This church is not for the light hearted or folks looking for the next gig in town. We have many who are church hoppers (hop, hop) meaning they stay at a church a few Sundays then they leave and do the same again at another church down the street. And no, we will not change our service to be like other churches in the city. We love where God has brought us thus far and intend on maintaining our course in the "Ancient Future Faith as a church.
Some people are coming to Emmaus Abbey to rediscover the Faith once delivered [St Lerins]. Emmaus Abbey is an Ancient Faith Future Church, drawing on classical Christianity, convergence worship and spirituality to engage and change the culture in the 21st Century. We believe the pathway to the future runs through the roots of the past. We are not a postmodern church as we have enough of those here in Knoxville already. What you get today in our area churches are a real gig...Grab a banjo, ear-plugs, stage lights, skits and gimmicks, yes you can have the time of your life at these churches if you are looking for a post modern church. Bless their hearts, their on every corner city wide. Nope, we believe the pathway to the future runs through the past. We pray that those seeking an authentic relationship with Christ will join us.
We have people from all walks of life and ethnic groups who worship with us: such as; Baptists, Methodists, Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Presbyterians, Lutherans and other Christians seeking a fuller communion with Christ. We believe God will send those wishing to re-connect to the early church and its teachings. We are a vibrant and diverse body of Christ who loves to sing and worship in the Word of a God. We are a direct representation of the historic New Testament church and orthodox in all our teaching. We have incorporated the fullness of the New Testament church in all its teachings and catholic expressions called the: "Three Streams" --Spirit, Word and Sacrament.
Second, I have to clarify the word Episcopal which in the Greek means " epískopos" an 'overseer' a Bishop which is a senior pastor who oversees an area of churches and local priests. There are no "Lone-Rangers" in the local church. Ephes 4:11; 1 Tim 3:1-16. Church means a local body of regenerate, confessional, baptized believers who faithfully attend and support the church financially. These are what the bible calls believers. Hebrews 6:1-2. So, who are we? We are counter-cultural Christians tired of the culture trying to dictate who God is to our children and families. We profess to be Christians faithful to the Word of God!
Emmaus Abbey is a Christ centered, Bible teaching, Spirit filled liturgical church. We believe God reveals his love and draws us to worship Him through the Scriptures, the Sacraments and the Spirit, the three streams of a life giving church. When folks attend our church they identify us as Anglican, and this can be true since we use a prayer book to facilitate worship and we have many similarities. Yet, we are not a part of the Anglican communion.
Here you can expect a rich, authentic worship experience and a thoughtful liturgy offering a connection to an ancient faith. We cherish the confidence that comes from historical connectedness, from theology that is not tied to the whims of contemporary culture but to apostolic-era understandings of Christian faith and practice.
Upholding the Biblical and historic essentials of the Christian faith, all of the teaching, preaching and worship seek to offer a vibrant, living relationship with Jesus Christ.
We rely on the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and empower our worship and work, believing that He operates today as He has throughout history.
We believe the Christian life is lived out in true community. We invite you to join us. Our prayer is that in our worshipping community you will encounter the living God who through the Holy Spirit leads, restores, heals and transforms our lives.
Our name Emmaus pronounced "E-May-Us" comes from Luke 24:13-35, which says; Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
Emmaus Abbey Church purpose is to "Care for People and To Connect Them to Christ." Emmaus mission is to open the eyes of the lost to Jesus Christ and disciple those who seek to learn more about Him.
The Emmaus Road Story
Emmaus is named after a famous event on the day Jesus rose from the dead.
Now on that same day Cleopas and his wife Mary were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all the things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?"
They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place in these days?"
He asked them, "What things?"
They replied, "The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, the came back and told us that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.
Then he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished from their sight.
They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us, while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?" That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.
They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Spirit, Word and Sacrament