Andover Newton remains rooted in its faithful devotion to the study and practice of worship as it has been passed down through local congregational communities. Faculty, staff and students come together for the weekly Emmaus Gathering to learn, grow, eat, study, and worship. It is an integration of head and heart, body and soul. By modeling authentic faith practices and creating vulnerable space for members to be in communion, learning happens by being together.
Then they began to describe what had happened on the road and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” ~ Luke 24:35
The gathering begins with a shared meal, usually prepared by Melissa Heim, Associate for Community Formation. As the community shares food, all are led in Bible study by Prof. Gregory Mobley. Together, participants write what Greg refers to as a “community sermon.” Following the meal, the gathered community moves to the chapel and voices are lifted in song. A testimony is shared from a member of the Andover Newton Seminary community, which is followed by intercessory prayer and Communion. As the peace is passed at the end of the service, all are reminded that the peace must be taken and spread beyond the confines of that singular space, and the Communion table must be extended through God’s radical and abiding love.