The answer was ‘socks’! | Weekly Worship

By Rev. Mark Samuelson, Our Saviors Lutheran Church | Oct 23, 2013

“They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road…’”  (Luke 24:32)

The answer was ‘socks’!

Five years ago, a group of people from Our Saviors Lutheran Church began an ‘alternative’ evening service.  It started as outreach to young adults who might feel some distance from the normal church routine.

It soon became clear that there were people of all ages who fit that category, and both the numbers and the enthusiasm grew.

It also became clear that it was not so much a need to replace the worship experience as it was a desire to serve.  Meeting regularly for worship, prayer and discussion, they decided on a name for themselves that would signal their common identity.

They called themselves the ‘Emmaus’ Community.  The name comes from the Road to Emmaus story in Luke’s gospel, where the resurrected Jesus appears to a couple of fellows as they are walking along the road trying to make sense of what had happened with the death of Jesus.

Jesus interprets the Bible story for them so that they understand that he is the messiah, and then they recognize that it was Jesus talking and walking with them!

The answer was ‘socks’!

The Emmaus Community wanted to serve the community and noticed the vast homeless population from Marysville to Mukilteo, families, children, adults living in cars, in shelters or on the street.

How could they walk along with them in their need?  They had no idea and so they asked them.  The answer was ‘socks’!  Well, not just socks – socks and song!

The people of the Emmaus Community hung around in the Everett Library, the shelters and on the street asking the homeless what they needed.

The answer was almost always something like this:  “We can pretty much get everything we need, food, clothing and shelter when we need it, but no one gives us enough socks.”

They didn’t stop there:  “You know every time they give us something we have to sit through preaching and sing those church songs.  I would be great if someone was willing to throw us a party, a concert of normal music and food.”

Three years ago, the Emmaus Community did just that.  They threw them a party called “Socktoberfest” complete with music by local talent, brats, dogs and, oh yes, a keg or two of Scuttlebutt’s finest root beer.

They have given away thousands of socks to hundreds of people who have come for the last two years; homeless, the working poor and the disenfranchised.

Now scores of people from the greater Everett community also participate, youth from the Covenant church, students from Trinity Lutheran College, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Baptists and others from many churches besides Our Saviors.

What started as a desire to “walk with” the homeless, poor and disenfranchised has become a shared community where the servers and the served become one people.

Come and join us at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Trinity Lutheran College. Bring some socks if you can, take some socks if you need, walk along with each other as we share our stories and lives.

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