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March 7, 2011
 Dear   
As we approach the beginning of our Lenten journey, may the Holy Spirit guide us in our time in the wilderness and provide refreshment and encouragement as we seek to grow in Christ.
Blessings,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn  

 Lent is Coming!

Mardi Gras 


This Tuesday we will end our Epiphany journey with a wondrous and wild Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration. This will include George Hayward's award winning jambalaya and Diane Coy's awarding deserving beignets,
 followed by a musical procession outside to bury "Hallelujah". (During the penitential season of Lent, we will not be saying "Hallelujah" until the glorious celebration of the Lord's resurrection at Easter, so we bury a sign that says "Hallelujah" as a symbol of our entrance into Lent.) Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" and is another name for the Shrove Tuesday tradition of eating up all the fats and sweets in the house before Lent, which begins on the following day on Ash Wednesday. During the forty days of Lent, we remember Jesus' forty days in the desert where he struggled with Satan and integrated the blessing and power of the Holy Spirit which was given at his baptism.

Shrove Tuesday will be tomorrow, March 8th, at 6pm and Ash Wednesday services will be on March 9th at 7am, 10am, and 7:30pm. Each service on Ash Wednesday will include the imposition of ashes (as a sign of our mortality) and communion.
 

 


 Epiphany Reflection

 

 Here is a reflection by Suzanne Kaisch that was inspired by a recent Epiphany sermon.

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Thank you, Moose Rider!

When we are in darkness, lots of things look scary.  If one thing is illuminated, we cannot often tell if it is something good or something bad.  We tend to fear the worst and suppose the worst when we are in darkness.  We cannot see what is.

When we are in a well-lit place, things do not look as scary as when we're in a dark place.  We can see what is.  We can make a determination of what is good and what is bad.  We can also see dark places. 

When we are in the dark, we can see neither light nor dark.  But when we are in light, we can see both light and dark.  We feel safer.  We can look at the dark places.  If they become too much or too intense, we can refocus on something else.

This is what happened to me when I came to Emmanuel.  It is a place full of light.  I was safe.  I was able to start looking at the dark places and to transform them, either through incorporating a new understanding of them or through discarding my attachment to them.  As I did that, I became aware of even more subtle dark places.  Once the large dark places are no more, the smaller dark places become visible.  This is an ongoing process of walking in the light.
Photo of the Week Formal Finn and Family
    Here is one of our former youth group leaders, Matt Bethancourt, with his wife Lisa and son Finn in their Caribbean cruise formal attire. Special thanks to the congregation for their prayers for travel mercies and a wonderful cruise for the Bethancourt family.
Blessings,
Fr. Rob and Mo. Ly
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Upcoming Events

 

Shrove Tuesday: March 8th from 6pm to 7pm. A Mardi Gras celebration!

 

Ash Wednesday Services:

March 9th at 7am, 10am and 7:30pm.

 

 


 

 

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