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June 14, 2018

This Sunday's Gospel focused on the scribes who confronted Jesus and accused him of  working for the devil. Many of us admitted that at one time or another we have been frightened when we heard Jesus speak in this gospel about the sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit being the unforgivable sin. Have I ever committed this sin and didn't know it? What is this sin anyway? 

We explored the fact that Jesus had an amazing ministry and by the time of this event in the gospel of Mark, had healed many, done a preaching tour through Galilee, cleansed lepers, invited a tax collector to eat with him, outsmarted the Pharisees several times when they challenged him and healed on the Sabbath. I joked that he sounded like a good candidate for rector and maybe we could find someone with that kind of energy for Emmanuel! 

The Scribes refused to see that God was at work in Jesus. His ministry made them uncomfortable. He threatened everything the religious authorities believed in. And he was from a small backwater town so they would much rather reject him. Can anything good come from Nazareth? Their hatred of Jesus, twisted something inside of them so that when the Holy Spirit was at work, they saw the work of the Prince of Darkness. They couldn't see God because they didn't want to see God in him. Their sin was unforgiveable because they would never ask for forgiveness for it. They didn't think they needed it!  Jesus  spoke of an unforgivable  sin not because any act is unforgivable but to warn us that hardness of heart can close the channels through which God's forgiveness flows.

So what is the lesson in all of this for us? Keep alert to the way God is working in the world. Remember that the ones who rejected the work of the Holy Spirit were the religious people. Their problem was that they didn't expect God to come in the form of a poor carpenter from Nazareth. And what he taught threatened them. And so they turned their backs on God and called the movement of the Holy Spirit evil. It can happen today just as easily. God may be moving in ways that make us uncomfortable. And through people we would just as soon reject. 

May we continue the spiritual work of listening for the voice of God even in places and in people where we don't expect it. May our hearts always be open to see and take joy in the work of the Holy Spirit no matter how God chooses to express it. And may we live each day as though we are on a treasure hunt - looking for the hidden work of the Holy Spirit in our world and in our midst.

With much love, 

Mo. Lyn+ 

Emmanuel News Bullets

Cross Making!!!

We had a wonderful turnout for the cross making event after the 10 o'clock service Sunday. The crosses will be handed out at the Episcopal Church's booth at the 
O.C. Pride Festival on June 23rd. Last year 1000 crosses were given away. All of the churches in our deanery took part in putting crosses together. Thank you to all who took part at Emmanuel and for the Lomheims who coordinated the event and provided a wonderful feast for us. We had a blast!!!



Another Amazing Graduate!
We are so proud of this Emmanuel graduate.

Meet Carmen Rodriguez's granddaughter, Sierra Angelia Rondou. She has graduated from Hope Christian School and received a full academic scholarship to Biola University. She has already done some missionary work 
 in an orphanage in Honduras. Congratulations Sierra!

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!

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.

Photo of the Week

A Visit With Irene

We are so grateful for our Lay Eucharistic Visitors who take Communion to our shut-ins. Irene Fisher, who is a long-time Emmanuel member, is shown here with Jan Zonne the Lay Eucharistic Visitor. 
10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

Saturdays at 9am in
Havermale Hall


First Wednesday/Month
7pm in the Church

Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola

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