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April 7, 2011
As we approach Holy Week, may the Holy Spirit encourage you in your walk with Christ!
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn  

Next in our Lenten "Tools for Transformation Series"

Focusing Prayer


Nancy Stock  This week in our Sunday Lenten Series, Nancy Stock, former Presiding Judge of the Orange County Superior Court will be leading us in the practice of Focusing Prayer. Here is her invitation:


"Prayer is being loved at a deep, sweet level." 

Richard Rohr. 


"God is closer to me than I am to myself." 

Meister Eckhart, Dominican mystic. 


The saints decribe this prayer "as if someone else is holding me." Understanding that we carry toxic and distracting emotions deep within our bodies, and that these emotions, left undetected, can keep us from an intimate relationship with God, focusing prayer is practiced, usually between two facilitating partners, to allow for a safe and reflective process of inner discovery. Begun with a "checking in" exercise to quiet the mind, partners pray in a manner that facilitates a state of mind that permits a long and loving look at what is real, even if that reality is our own fears, doubts, insecurities and the biggest blockage of all, unforgiveness. If you feel that your "issues are in your tissues," perhaps this aproach to prayer is for you."


Photo of the Week
This is the Laminin molecule, a major protein that is the scaffolding for the cells in the body. These proteins literally hold our cells together. A member of Emmanuel sent this to me with the connection to the passage in Colossians that says: "He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things HOLD TOGETHER." Colossians 1:15-17. 
What an intriguing visual/spiritual correlation!

Upcoming Events


Sunday Lenten Program: Focusing Prayer led by The Honorable Nancy Stock. 5pm in the SHACK room.


Tuesday Relationship Series:

Understanding God's Feelings, led by Fr. Paul, 7:30pm in the church.


Easter Choir:

Sunday practice: 12 to 1pm.





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