| The Emmanuel Weekly Blurb
|Emmanuel Family News
||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
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,
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
over the top coffee hour. Y'all come!!!
"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
Worship including readings, guided conversation, prayer and Communion at
Dessert and fellowship to follow
Photo of the Week
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