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May 3, 2018

Last Sunday was a bit difficult for me. The gospel was from John and was the passage in which Jesus declares that he is the true vine. Abide in me as I abide in you, he says. It is Fr. Rob's favorite passage of scripture. And somehow it didn't seem right hearing it without him here to enjoy it. And then we sang Fr. Rob's wonderful song "Abide in Me." I could hardly get the words out. It is such a beautiful song and perfect for the day's gospel. But boy, was it difficult to choke out the words. I am so grateful to have experienced this gospel and that song for so many years alongside such a wonderful and creative priest. Thank you Fr. Rob for that gift!

In the sermon, we heard that Jesus' whole ministry was about sharing what the true blueprint for life is. He taught that the ultimate reality is what he called the Kingdom of God. The world has other ideas about what the true blueprint for life is. One license plate holder read "He who dies with the most toys wins." But Jesus declared that the blueprint is the Kingdom of God. It is the foundation upon which everything else rests. It includes gathering the lost, lifting up the lowly, and filling the hungry with good things. The power in the Kingdom of God is not expressed in violence or force but  in growth and transformation and servant love. 

Not only do we live and move and have our being in this Kingdom, but the Kingdom lives and moves and has its being in us. That's what Jesus is teaching about in this gospel. The Kingdom is about intimate relationship with God. We are shoots on a vine which, if continually nourished by sap will grow into a larger branch and bear fruit. We are nourished by the sap, which is the Spirit. And when we are attached we produce fruit. Paul tells us what those fruits are: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. If we are not attached to the vine we are powerless to produce any of them. 

We heard the story of the native from a remote mountain village who discovered that though he had purchased lights for his community after a visit to a city, they did not work just by turning on the switch at night. They needed to be plugged in to a power source. Then we heard the true story of 6 year old Ruby Bridges an African American girl in New Orleans who lived through the taunts and racial slurs of the whole city when she was selected as one of three girls to attend a white school during desegregation. We identified the fruits of the Spirit in her actions as we heard how she met this challenge with grace. 

Finally we were given the image of a book of coupons for restaurants sold as a fundraiser for the local schools. On each coupon are the words "Not Good if Detached" When we are not feeling so joyful, peaceful, patient or kind, when anxiety overcomes us or we don't seem to be doing anything meaningful or effective with our lives, that might be a good phrase to repeat to ourselves...Not Good if Detached. Detached we are powerless. That's the way the world was designed to work. That's the way we are designed to work. That's the blueprint for life. Stop struggling. You are not good if detached!

Blessings and much love,

Mo. Lyn+ 

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Taize Wednesday Night

Come join us for this month's Taize service. the theme this month is Risen Life. In addition to scripture readings on the theme and Taize chants , we will also hear readings from Squire Rushnell, Ernesto Cardenal, and Basil Pennington, The service starts at 
7:00 pm and ends promptly at 8:00 pm.
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More of Dan Cash's Art

Dan was one of the artists who created an amazing image for the 7 Last Words of Christ on Good Friday. Just had to share with you this amazing picture that Dan took at the Fullerton transportation hub this week. Read his reflection about Mark, the person in the photo.  

His buddy Art greeted me as I was walking around the transportation hub in

 Fullerton. Art and I chatted for a bit and I moved on. Passing them again, Mark

 greeted me. Mark spotted my camera and asked me if I wanted to take a picture of 

him. Sure. Odd eyes! Turned out HE tattooed the sclera, the whites of his eyes.  Me: 

Weren't you worried about damaging them? Mark: I didn't care. He went on to say he 

had had two devastating tragedies. Me: How is your eyesight? Fine. I liked him, 

hiding behind his mask and all. Both are nice guys. I imagine I'll run across them 

again. I don't think they range very far.

Everyone has their story, the hinges in their history.


Emmanuel Memorial Walkway

We are going to upgrade our patio, walkways and fountain areas. Embedded in the patio will be memorial bricks which members and past members of the church and preschool will be invited to purchase. Memorials can commemorate a special person or event, a family, military service, a pet....etc. etc. etc. The options are limitless with logos available as well. More information is upcoming including the how tos and the price. Watch your mailbox, the Epistle and the Blurb!!!

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Bev and Nancy's Fabulous Adventure!

 Nancy Kent and Bev Simmons attended a wonderful production of Into the Woods starring Jacob Edmonds as The Baker. The costumes, all made by Marti Edmonds, were absolutely wonderful, according to these two beautiful ladies. 
10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

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Havermale Hall


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7pm in the Church

Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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