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August 2, 2018
            
 

As with many scripture readings, discussions about today's gospel often focus on whether or not it "really" happened. People have spent their whole careers writing books about one side of the argument or another. Did the loaves and fish really multiply or was the miracle that the people who were present shared what they had with one another? All the while the debate is going on the deeper truth of the story is missed. So what is the deeper truth of the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand?

When we look at the boy and at the crowd in the story, one thing is true of both of them. They had more than enough! In reality the boy had more than enough for one boy's lunch...5 loaves and 2 fish. And the crowd had more than enough. There were 12 baskets of leftovers after they had all eaten. The deeper message, the spiritual truth of this story, is that in the Reign of God there is more than enough. Our God is a God of abundance. There is no need to cling to what we have, because in the Reign of God there will always be enough.

When we cling to what we have we are stingy. We clutch, we hoard. We are like the seagulls in the Finding Nemo movie. We cry "Mine, mine, mine!" I used to attend a church that was like that. Vestry meetings consisted of putting the bills on the table and deciding which ones to pay this month. We were circling the drain. Then a new priest arrived and insisted that we tithe 10% of our budget that we were not meeting to an outreach program. And though the vestry protested, he insisted. And from that moment on, the place began to turn around. It is now a thriving parish. 

When we live in abundance, we give generously and somehow or another, there is always enough for everyone. I told some stories of that kind of generous giving that I have seen at Emmanuel over the years. Abundance was shared and miracles happened because people were moved to quit clutching what they had and to share it...to quit being seagulls. The only thing that keeps us from embracing this essential truth about God is fear. Fear that we will run out. Fear that there won't be enough. Scriptures are full of admonitions (over 5oo of them) that are variations on the words "Do not be afraid".

There is no need to fear because the essential nature of our God is abundance. Our God is lavish. We will always have more than enough. All we need to do is to trust!

Blessings!

Mo. Lyn+
 
 
 

Emmanuel News Bullets

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Emmanuel Vineyard Wine Bottling!
The wine crew had a blast preparing this year's wine from our vineyard under the label The Back Forty.
Here are the steps to the finished product:

Step One
Sanitize the bottles

Step Two: 
From jug to bottle

 
Step Three:
Cork In


Step Four:
Towel Off

Step Five:
Label On

Step Six:
Foil Cap On

Step Seven:
Finished Product!

Final Step:
Peace at Last!

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The Nicks are Performing!





We have stars in our midst! The Nick family is performing in a local presentation of Bye Bye Birdie. Ashley is playing the part of Mrs. Macafee and all four of the kids are in the show in chorus parts. Here are the particulars:

Where? Messiah Lutheran Church
4861 Liverpool St
Yorba Linda CA 92886

When? Saturday July 28th at 1:00 pm
Friday August 3 at 7:00 pm
(Make sure to choose the right show. it is double cast)

How do I get tickets? http://mfambirdie.bpt.me/

How much are the tickets? $12.00


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Please Pray!




Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery this week. Please pray for quick healing and an uneventful recovery for this wonderful man of God. Bishop, the people of the Episcopal arm of the Jesus Movement are praying for you. We love you!


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Friday This Week!!!!

(This One is Outdoors)


This is a wonderful movie. Lots of dancing and singing 
and a great message!

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Next Month - Fundraiser  for the Preschool!


 
 
 
Photo of the Week


Yes, it's that time! Time for me to take a rest from my labors! There will be no Blurb for the rest of the month of August and the first week of September. Please pray for rest and renewal for me. I am looking forward to some time with my daughter Kim and her husband Chris and the four kids. Then it is up to a cabin I have rented just so I can stand and stare at the trees. Finally it will be home to clean cupboards. My goal is to get rid of half of what I have. I am really looking forward to that! Blessings on the rest of your summer. See you in September!
MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
Friday, August 3
6:30 pm

TUESDAY MORNINGS
10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30am: Bible Study
11am: Communion

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
7am  Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast afterwards 

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Saturdays at 9am in
Havermale Hall

SUNDAY SERVICES
8:15am
10am

TAIZE
First Wednesday/Month
7pm in the Church

PLANT SALES
Third Saturday/Month
9am to Noon
Under the Pergola



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