Emmaus City Church


To see the Good News of who Jesus is and what He has accomplished transform people to love their Worcester neighbors and communities with intentionality and care.


To be sent together in our baptismal identity as family, servants, learners, and witnesses of Jesus' Good News to the people and neighborhoods God calls us to walk alongside and love.


Begin with Prayer

Jesus prayed that we would be sent into the world to share and show His Good News. Emmaus City Church will participate in this work through prayer modeled after King Jesus’ heart. As we pray for His Kingdom come, His will be done, we will be transformed by His Spirit to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God and others.

Psalm 5:1-3; Psalm 61:1-3; Psalm 118:24-26; Isaiah 56:6-8; Matthew 6:9-13; John 17:9-26; Ephesians 1:16-21; Ephesians 3:14-21
Listening Presence with God and with Others
Jesus reveals that the mission of God has always been Immanuel – God with us – as He loves us and reveals how we can be present with Him and with each other. Learning how to listen well shapes how we care for each other and the world Jesus is making new.

Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 6:12-49; Luke 10:1-21; Acts 1:8; Jeremiah 29:4-7, 11-14; Ephesians 2:8-10; Micah 6:8

Communal & Committed

Jesus brings people together into the family of God as local communities around our tables and His table. We learn from each other through living life together as Jesus teaches us how to turn from our selfishness and apathy with humility, forgiveness, and compassion in abundance.

Mark 3:33-34; Luke 14:12-24; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-35; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 2 Corinthians 6:18
Love for Our City
Jesus of Nazareth came as the Son of God and Son of Man to live and walk among us in a specific place and time. So we are committed to live, serve, and be neighbors in a specific place: Worcester, Massachusetts. We value living in Worcester, celebrating its history and cultures, mourning its wounds, and experiencing the fullness of life with Jesus in our beloved city.

John 1:1-5, 14; Micah 6:8; Luke 14:12-14; Acts 18:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Jeremiah 29:4-7, 11-14

Humble & Hopeful Reconcilers

Jesus creates new communities of people across generations, cultures, and ethnicities. We want to see more of this in Worcester. We pray for and strive to be humble people who demonstrate the power of God to reconcile us together.

Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 22:27; Psalm 82:8; Psalm 86:9; Galatians 3:28-29; Ephesians 2:13-22; Revelation 5:9-10; Revelation 7:9-10

Joy & Justice

Jesus brings healing, peace and transformation to people throughout the city of Worcester. We desire to bless our neighbors and communities like Jesus does. We come together to heal as we are being healed, and to see Jesus' joyful and just Kingdom come to Worcester as it is in heaven.

Psalm 9:7-10; Psalm 33:5; Psalm 37:28; Psalm 82:3-4; Psalm 89:14; Proverbs 21:15; Isaiah 9:2-7; Amos 5:14-15, 24; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:31-46

Big "C" Church

Jesus loves His Church and has been faithful to Her throughout our broken, and yet, beautiful history because He has never forsaken us even at our worst. Since we love Jesus, we love who He loves, too, and we seek to bring together people, opportunities, and resources across the city to bless Worcester together in the name of Jesus.

Matthew 16:18; John 17:9-26; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:1-5; Revelation 7:9-10

Gospel of Jesus

Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension can and does transform who we are, what we do, and how we engage the world He’s created to make flourish. We find this Gospel or Good News in the Story of God in the Bible, and we're grateful we get to share it with the curious, skeptical, and thoughtful.

Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 10:9-13; Colossians 1:13-20
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