Good News, 03.02.09

Friends:

May all that is unforgiven in you
Be released.
May your fears yield
Their deepest tranquilities.
May all that is unlived in you
Blossom into a future
Graced with love.  (“To Come Home To Yourself” John O’Donohue)

What a marvelous and spirited 10th Anniversary we got to celebrate this past Sunday.  Our new Tent of Meeting seemed to enfold and uplift our last decade of prayers and ministries with such gracious love.  The children are our Living Stones and the elders know they “Have another Building.”  The abstract painting, Light – Sacred Emptiness, stained glass, Shadow Boxes, Altar and Font all offered their praise.  Our thanks to the Archives Committee for their Construction Photo display.  This Sunday you will also enjoy reading Richard Caemmerer’s comments on the “Sanctuary Summary” which will be on the Archives Table.  Please know you are invited during all of Holy Week to come into the Sanctuary to sit and be within the Tent of Meeting/Revelation at any time.  This is called Living and Being in the Presence of God.

Holy Week – Worship Invitations and a RequestPlease sign up for our Seder by this Sunday! We need to be responsible with our church funds and allow the Coordinating Committee/Confirmation Parents to make appropriate purchases. The Passover Meal is a full lamb dinner at which Biblical Stories of our Liberation are told.  It is the Meal at which Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper.  You can also notify the office by phone or email if you wish to attend.

Good Friday Faith Walk: You may drop in any time between 7 and 8 pm on Friday for the Faith Walk.  This is a guided Experiential Walk that you do at your own pace.  Children can walk with you.  It is very powerful.  Our Easter Vigil Service is a celebration of Resurrection.  The service is filled with moments of contemplation, hilarity and joy!  Our Easter Worship will be pure delight with trumpet, choir and more.  Invite friends to join you for any or all of the worship services.  To participate at all the these services will transform your faith!

The Confirmands ask you to support them in their Bake Sale on Palm Sunday.  All funds raised will go to support the Debt Retirement Campaign.

The Easter Cookie Party has 21 kids and about 19 parents coming on Saturday!  There are 4-5 youth coming to help so it should be a great time for everyone!

Please bring your filled Easter Eggs to church this Sunday so they can be hunted and found on Easter Day.

This Sunday is the final Gnosticism Class with Pr. Elizabeth.  Feel free to join in.  What a great series this has been.

Choir Rehearsal Schedule: Sunday, April 5th (Palm Sunday) 9 -9.30 rehearsal for our Easter anthem;  Thursday, April 9th 1.30 pm;  Easter Sunday, April 12th 9am Choir and Trumpet   Sunday rehearsals will then take place each Sunday morning (through the end of May) from 9 – 9.30am.

Thought Provoker for our Times: “He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich – both come to poverty.” (Proverbs 22:16)  Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman asked in the 1980’s:  why do the rich need incentives but the poor require desperation before people act?

An article was published in the Jewish Weekly this week about clergy and congregations who work in conjunction with Jewish rabbis and congregations.  Rabbi Dan Goldblatt and I were interviewed for this article.  You will see a copy on the kiosk this Sunday.

During Holy Week or the Triduum (Maundy Thursday – Easter) please read the Gospel of John chapters 13 – 18.  Read it until you weep –  and then you will fully understand the Pascal Mystery of Christ.

Keep roller blading – Blessings, Pr. Steve