St Edmund's Episcopal Church San Marino

STEDY, March 28, 2018

Matthew 28:1-7

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

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Someone please tell our neighbor who still has his Christmas tree up that in four days it will be Easter. Dyed eggs, bonnets, bunnies and chocolate all point to one beautiful miracle that the stone which was rolled away allowing us to see Jesus resurrected. To call it a “stone” is really not appropriate. Tombs were sealed shut with a boulder shaved into a massive disk which was somehow lowered into a groove carved into a rock face. Several large men were needed to roll this stone which not only weighed several tons but would get stuck and wedged easily. It would have required more than even a violent earthquake to make this stone move. As we prepare for Easter, (dude, seriously the tree needs to go) and the miracle of the resurrection, we can be reminded of the miracles God has done and still can do. God can still roll away the seemingly massive, unmovable stones, the icky memories or baggage that is only blocking us from something wonderful.
There is a theory that the baggage blocking our lives is actually better described as energetic or emotional cords because they connect us with people, things or events that happened. It can be something or someone from our past, a fear or a bad hurt that constrains us and keeps us locked up. God is more than capable of swiping away these stones away but as we pray for that to occur there are is an exercise that we can do as well.
Steps for Cutting Ties

Relax. Get into a comfortable position, either sitting or laying down. Close your eyes and relax by taking a few deep breaths. Ask God to enter your practice, to guide you and help you get rid of the things He would like you to be rid of so you can be open to the good things He has for you.
Visualize the thing or person that represents the cords. Visualize as clearly as possible, the person or thing with which you wish to cut an energetic tie. See and feel the cords that exist between the two of you. Take as much time as you need to be able to sense the cords. It is up to you how these cords look. Some people visualize cords as ropes, chains, or electrical cords. Some attachments may be more like thin threads, where others could be very thick and sturdy. There is no wrong way to visualize. The cords symbolize the degree of your attachments, and you will intuitively see the level of attachment in your visualizations.
Visualize cutting or severing these cords. There are many different visualizations one can use for cutting ties. Some envision golden scissors snipping the ties or a white sword severing the ties, others may “unplug” the cords. You may prefer to picture the stone being rolled away from the tomb and being released. Let yourself be creative and use what works for you.
Awareness and Healing. Take a few moments to relax after the exercise. Give yourself time to become aware of any effects you may be feeling. You may want to envision healing energy around the areas where you cut the cords, especially if it was a very difficult person or situation you were cutting ties with.
Often one session is enough, but sometimes you may need to repeat the exercise a few times before you feel released. After each session, thank God for the new life He offers to us. Ask for his guidance and wisdom to prevent future hurts from occurring as well as an awareness of all the wonderful things He has placed in the world, things that now have opportunity to enter our lives.

~ New Email Address ~
We are working to update and streamline the email addresses for everyone in the office. Please note that as of April 1,
Heather’s will be and
Antonio’s will be

~ Youth Group ~
We have been finding that the first Sunday of the month isn’t the best day for Youth Group and therefore we are going to try the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 8th.
If anyone would like to host, please contact me, otherwise we will meet at the church.

~ Upcoming Events ~

Spring Break Activities
Don’t be bored this spring, join us for fun!

Thursday, March 29
Passover Seder
Parish Hall | 6 pm


Friday, March 30
Ice Skating
3:30 pm | Pasadena Skate Center
$15 per person


Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday

Please join us for a massive Easter Egg hunt, dove release
and pinatas on the Close following the 10 am service.


Sunday, April 8
Team 2 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms
Teaching: Vicki, Antonio & Heather

Youth Group
5 – 7 pm | Youth Room


Sunday, April 15
Team 3 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms
Teaching: Antonio & Heather


Sunday, April 22
Team 4 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms
Teaching: Rebecca, Antonio & Heather


Sunday, April 29
Celebration of Father George
Team 5 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

Please feel free to contact Heather if you have questions.