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May 31, 2018

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday. We all agreed that the Holy Trinity is a mystery. Even St. Augustine, who in the fourth century wrote an 800 page scholarly volume on the subject, admitted that he did not understand it. As he walked on the seashore one day, he saw a small boy playing with a seashell. The boy scooped a hole in the sand, filled his shell with water from the ocean and poured it into the hole. The great theologian asked the boy. "What are you doing my son?" The boy replied, "I am going to pour the sea into that hole." It was then that the dawn hit Augustine. That's what I have been trying to do. I am standing at the ocean of infinity, and attempting to grasp it with my finite mind." The doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery!

The rest of the sermon centered on Nicodemus' struggle to understand Jesus when he said "No one can see the Kingdom of God without being born from above." It is easier to understand his confusion when we are reminded that the same word that is translated above ( anothen in Greek) can also be translated "anew". So that's how Nicodemus heard it and wondered how someone could be born a second time. He didn't understand that Jesus was using birth from the womb as a metaphor for being reborn into a new way of experiencing and understanding life. In the old way of seeing life we:
1. Find truth and meaning in the world
2. Live in service of our own needs
3. In a sense think in terms of getting ahead...the survival of the fittest
4. have a legalistic view of spirituality

But to be born again, to see with Kingdom eyes, we:

1. Find our primary source of wisdom in the Holy Spirit. We do not ignore the          knowledge and science of the world but we listen to it with spiritual ears.
2. Rather than being outwardly directed we live life from an inwardly directed          perspective.
3. Our primary motivation becomes serving God rather than serving ourselves.
4. We are called to live a life of compassion. We care for those who are                      floundering, marginalized, are in need, and who need God's love.
5. We are called to a life of generosity. We hang on loosely to our belongings and       share what we have with those who have greater need of them.
6. The central core of this life is the care and nurture of the spiritual life,                    strengthening our connection with the Holy One.

Finally we reminded ourselves that when we find ourselves with an interior longing to be born again it is the Spirit in us longing for new life for us. Even if we have said yes to this life before, this longing in us is God's invitation to ever deeper, ever more profound wisdom, guidance, devotion, compassion, generosity, and spiritual hunger.

All we have to do is say yes!

With much love, 

Mo. Lyn+ 

Emmanuel News Bullets

Another Graduate!
We are so proud of another Emmanuel graduate... Alison Cover.

It seems as though Alison graduated from Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool just the other day, but that can't be, because she is 
graduating from Troy High School's STEM Magnet Program this week!

Last summer Alison completed an internship in the Biology lab at CSUF.
Throughout her Senior year, she conducted independent research after school in the same lab under the auspices of the Southern California Academy of Sciences - Research Training Program.
So it is not surprising that Alison will attend CSUF this fall and major in, you guessed it, Biology.
She would also like to pursue Creative Writing.  
Maybe she will write a fascinating book about Science when she combines those two pursuits!
Congratulations Alison!

If you know of any other graduates, email me their picture and some information and I will put them in the Blurb!
New Email Addresses

Descending Dove
AT&T switched our account over to a Uverse account on 5/22/18 which resulted in the loss of the email accounts. Effective immediately, the new email addresses are:

Bookkeeper Dave Dunlap -

Parish Administrator Kathy Peters -

We apologize for the inconvenience!


It is Time for Taize Again!

It's time to nourish your soul! Come join us for Taize next Wednesday at 7:00 pm. It is a wonderful hour of slowing down just a bit, breathing in the Holy Spirit, and being nourished by scripture, Taize chants, and other readings. You owe it to yourself! It is just an hour, once a month. The service ends promptly at 8:00 pm.


The Episcopal Church will be represented in the OC Pride Parade

When: Saturday, June 23rd
Where: downtown Santa Ana / Main Street

Worship: Eucharist will be held at the Church of the Messiah 614 N Bush St in Santa Ana. Eucharist will begin at 9:00 a.m.

We will be graced with the presence of our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Taylor - excited to welcome him to celebrate with us! We hear he will also be riding on a convertible in the parade!

The parade: Our marching contingent will walk to our step-off place after worship. We'll have ribbon banners, parish signs, and a big wide Episcopal Church banner to carry in the parade. Parade march begins approx at 10:30 am.

Booth: Just like last year, the Episcopal Church will be represented at a booth at the festival. There will be banners, flyers, and distribution of rainbow cross necklaces. Staffing the booth will mostly involve offering necklaces to people; there may be a few folks who want to talk, and that's wonderful! A booth sign-up sheet will be at the Welcome Table on June 6 or if you prefer, contact Terry and Bernice.

Come Help Us!

We will be assembling rainbow cross necklaces to hand out at the booth. Last year 1000 necklaces were given away! Please consider joining Terry and Bernice after church to assemble 100 necklaces. All supplies are provided. 

When: Sunday, June 10th
Where: The Shack Room
After the 10 am service
Snacks will be provided

Photo of the Week

Guess Where I Was This Week?

As I shared in a recent sermon, I distinctly heard God, during my prayer time, tell me to "Get a Life." So I have been trying! This week I went to the Paul Simon concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I consider him an amazing poet and songwriter so it was a thrill to see him in person. It was definitely good for the soul! I promised myself a t-shirt if they were available!!!
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10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

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