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April 26, 2018

Last Sunday was Good Shepherd Sunday. The gospel from John was Jesus' declaration "I am the Good Shepherd". And in the reading from the Psalms we encountered the beloved 23rd Psalm. In the gospel we  looked with care at those words "I am" in the Greek ...ego eimi, and found that they are God's name, the one he gave Moses from the burning bush. "Tell them I am sent you", God said to Moses as he sent him out to free the Israelites in Egypt. So when Jesus said "I am" in John's gospel was he talking about himself or about God? Yes!

Then we looked at the needs that the Good Shepherd meets as reflected in the 23rd Psalm. Realizing that we would have to stay all night to cover all that are mentioned, we settled on two. We learned that in order to lay down in green pastures, sheep need to be free from the fear of three things. So says Phillip Keller, a man who earned a living as a sheep rancher, in his book 
A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm . In human terms, they are freedom from (1) rivalry, competition and jealousy (2) dilemmas, difficulties, and other things that pester and bug us (3) spiritual thirst and hunger. If we follow the Good Shepherd, we can trust that he will free us from these fears. 

We also celebrated that verse three says the Good Shepherd revives our souls. He brings healing and restoration; healing from things such as depression, hopelessness, failures and hurts.  Finally we are promised that if we follow the Good Shepherd, goodness and mercy will follow us. The more we hang out with the Good Shepherd, the more we absorb the Shepherd's life and way of doing things, and the more we begin to resemble the Shepherd ourselves.This is good news for all of us!

Blessings and much love,

Mo. Lyn+ 

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Single Service this Sunday

This Sunday,  the fifth Sunday in April,  there will be a single service at 9:00 am. We are going to forego a BBQ, but word has it that we are going to have a wonderful, 
over the top coffee hour. Y'all come!!!

Movie Night

"Let us now praise famous men...."

Friday, April 27, at 6:30PM, 

Emmanuel Movie Night presents Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne as Professor Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything". The timeline covers Hawking's life from college and the beginning of his physical challenges, to his celebrity as author of "A Brief History of Time". Adapted from wife Jane Hawking's own memoir, this beautifully realized film is by turns insightful, romantic, charming, tragic and triumphant. T
The relationship between "intelligent atheist" Stephen and his deeply Anglican wife Jane gives a very human dynamic to his world of quantum physics and relativity. As always, admission and refreshments are free, and the company is stellar!

Ministry to the LGBTQ Community

A service of Word and Sacrament for the LGBTQ community and their friends. Please join us for The Welcome Table on Wednesday May 2 at 

St Paul's Episcopal Church
1221 Wass St.

Gather for snacks and getting acquainted at 6:30 pm
Worship including readings, guided conversation, prayer and Communion at 7:00 pm
Dessert and fellowship to follow
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