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November 17, 2016
  

As Christians our deepest commitment is our commitment to Christ. In our baptismal covenant we were asked "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" Our response is always: "I will with God's help." With God's help may we continue to bring peace to this hurting world and find ways to express our respect and care for all people!

With love in Christ,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn


 
 
 

The Virtual Preacher
(Since it is harder for Fr. Paul to be present on Sundays, I've brought him into the virtual arena! ~ Fr. Rob)

Christ the King Sunday. The meaning of Forgiveness
He was sentenced to death. His crime was blasphemy. He said He was God. Both Rome and Israel demanded death for blasphemy. There was only one God. For Rome, it was Caesar. For the Hebrews, it was Yahweh. The inscription over Him said, "This is the King of the Jews." Jesus suffers three hours of pain.

This is the last Sunday of the Church Year. Advent One will be the New Year. Why was this Scripture chosen to be the last one celebrated? What we can learn is a lot about God's forgiveness.

There was the presence of great anger. For some it was rejoicing anger after several years of defeat. There was the obvious anger of the Pharisees. They hated Jesus. He had made fools of them. There were their followers. They were the righteous with the "serves Him right" anger. "We warned you not to go too far". "You did not listen to us". The anger was the "we win" that follows the pain and the blame feeling and thinking. The people and the leaders scoffed at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save himself if He is the Messiah of God, His chosen one!"
There was the anger of the Roman soldiers. It was an inconvenient anger. If you hadn't done what you did we could be back in our barracks. They mocked Him, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!"
There was the man on the cross going through the violent pain that never seemed to cease. He kept deriding Jesus, "Are You not the Messiah? Save Yourself and us!"

Then came the response from other man at His side. It was not the anger to cover pain. It was pure grace and insight that came with understanding of forgiveness. He understood what Jesus meant saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." The criminal rebuked the other, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? We indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise." This is the only person on that Hill who was forgiven as far as we know. What we miss here is that Jesus did forgive everyone. His forgiveness was not for the others but for Himself. His forgiveness was for not blaming others for His pain.

We are called to "look to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross, despising shame. Hebrews 12:2. Jesus forgave by not blaming them for what happened. It was in order for Him to enter into the Joy of the Lord. Jesus promises us to receive a "Joy nothing can take from us". This Joy is not the joy of what happened to us. There are terrible things we must sometimes endure. It is the Joy of being IN the situation not ABOUT it. What good does grace Joy do? "The Joy of the Lord is our strength." Nehemiah 8:10. We have all found the joy about winning something. Now find the Joy of the Lord IN not ABOUT a losing situation. Find the strength the Presence of the Lord can give us. It happens when we can stop blaming outside persons or events for our pain. We can then open up to the power that comes from the grace of His Joy not ours.

This election season has created a lot of anger from both sides. There will be tremendous disagreement and anger over issues of immigration, right to life, the Supreme Court appointment and so on. There will be marches and protests on both sides no matter which party won or lost. There is truth on both sides. We need to protest for and against what we see is justice and injustice. Anger can make us all victims. We need to discover the Joy not about the event but being in the Joy of His grace. We will then be empowered by His Love and directed by His Peace.
When you think about it, what person or event makes you angry? It has also made you a victim whether you won or lost. Forgive yourself of blaming them for your anger. Now open yourself by wondering what difference being in the Joy of the grace of God. Feel the power of His Joy. This is what Jesus did. The rest is up to you. ~ Fr. Paul

 
 

Memorial Service for Bill Donoghue


We give thanks for the Memorial Service for Bill Donoghue. It was an uplifting and fitting tribute to a man who served so faithfully. We even had a bagpiper! I'm sure Bill was grinning from ear to ear. May he go from glory to glory in God's kingdom!
 
 
 
 
Emmanuel
News Flash
 


  • MILLION MEALS INGATHERING THIS SUNDAY!Be sure to bring in your containers or if you wish you can write a check to Emmanuel with"Million Meals" in the memo. Each dollar provides 7 meals! 
    • MESSAGE FROM EMMA KREMER
      Hello church family! My name is Emma Kremer, and I am going to be planting drought resistant, California native plants in the parking lot planters for my Girl Scout Gold Award project. I would love your assistance weeding the planters and preparing the soil. I have planned two workdays: Saturday, November 26
      th (9am - 3pm) and Sunday, November 27
      th (12:30pm - 4:30pm) for anyone who would like to help! It would be great if you could bring some gardening tools and work gloves of your own. Stay for as little or long as you like! Thank you so much!
    • THE LABYRINTH EYE MOVEMENT is offered at Emmanuel Church. It is a unique Therapy that relieves daily anxiety and stress and brings daily Peace and Direction. The next session will be held on Saturday November 12th from 10:30 till noon. Preregistration is required. Email paulnanita@sbcglobal.net 
  
 
 
 

Photo of the Week

Food for Pathways of Hope
Last week Early Birds home group gathered to share fellowship and give thanks for the many blessings of the past year. Wanting to share their blessings with others they collected several bags of canned goods for Pathways of Hope.

UPCOMING EMMANUEL EVENTS


MILLION MEALS INGATHERING
November 20

NOVEMBER MOVIE NIGHT
Brother Son, Sister Moon
November 18 at 6:30pm
SHACK

DECEMBER MOVIE NIGHT
Christmas Carol
December 16 at 6:30pm
SHACK

SUNDAY SERVICES
8:15am
10am

TUESDAY MORNINGS
10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Saturdays at 9am in
Havermale Hall

TAIZE
First Wednesday/Month
7pm in the Church

PLANT SALES
Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola



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