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Amazing Encounter




Sunday April 8th, Amazing Encounter Sunday 2018


Pastor Darren Smith

United Christian Church

2851 Sevier Road

Marietta – NY 13110






Front Cover                           Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)


10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”


Inside Cover                         Isaiah 12:2 (NKJV)


Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid;

‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’”[a]


Call to Worship                     Isaiah 12 (NKJV)


Nehemiah 8:10, Isaiah 12 (NIV) and (NKJV)

A Hymn of Praise

12 And in that day you will say:

“O Lord, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’”[a]

Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.



Message : Pastor Darren Smith

An amazing encounter: The written Word and the Risen Christ – Luke 24


The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a legend: the Christ has come and risen as promised. Knowing this Jesus will transform your life.


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Luke 24:13-35 (NIV & NKJV)  

On the Road to Emmaus

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”


  1. A Difficult Road

            [-] the immediate context

            [-] the unknown companion

            [-] the discouraging content

            [-] the incomplete confession

            [-] the necessary confession



  1. The Gospel of the Glorious Suffering Christ


            [-] the teaching of the Promised Christ

            [-] the unveiling of the Transforming Christ

            [-] the exclamation of the Risen Christ





O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

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