Good News, 10.13.10

Friends:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit….not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The Archer see the mark upon the path of the Infinite,
And bends you with his might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as the Archer loves the arrow that flies,
So He loves also the bow that is stable. – Kahlil Gibran

What preciousness we experienced with our children in the Small and Tall Service last Sunday…..passing through the sands of time. Our thanks to Kaelyn, Alden, Evelyn and Natalie and Revs. Margareta and Anita, and to Bob Winter for his Nursery Care. I hope you have enjoyed giving and receiving your ‘facial massage prayer’.

A message from Bread for the World: Hungry kids still need your help. Congress has until December 3 to renew and improve child nutrition programs. It’s not too late for your voice to be heard! Please call Sen. Feinstein and/or Sen. Boxer and tell them hungry and poor children should not suffer when they make budget decisions. This toll-free number, 1-800-826-3688, will connect you directly to the Capitol. Just ask for your senators’ offices.

As the flood waters in Pakistan are receding, the real misery for millions begins with homelessness, hunger, disease, poverty, and the “choice” of families who are forced to sell their children—as has been seen in the past during such disasters. Please keep these children and families in your prayers.

The Education Hour on Sunday’s at 9 am is having members of Peace speak/lead/present topics which are informed by the presenters professional skills or ministry passions. The Healing Prayer Team will present forums these next two Sundays on October 17 and 24. St. Luke’s Healing Prayer will be the theme of our worship this Sunday. Please participate in these excellent opportunities. Michele McGeoy of Solar Richmond will be with us on Reformation Sunday, October 31.

Partnership News: There has been severe flooding in Nicaragua but it has not impacted our friends in Laurel Galan. Unfortunately, in Lwamondo our friend Muthupei reports: On the morning of the 12th October, we were shocked to find our church office of Lwapeace at Tshifulanani Lutheran church broken into. Nothing was stolen. The burglar door was broken and the wooden door also. It seems as if it was struck by heavy object that broke the door. The damage was reported at the police. The estimated cost of repair is Rand 8,000.
On the same morning everybody was shocked to hear that Beuster Lutheran Church was burned down to ashes and the damage is huge. Everything has been destroyed. Nothing was saved. The damage is estimated to be over R 500,000 (US $75,000). Rev Tshenu Farisani was also treated for shock after witnessing this. On Saturday at 2pm there will be a prayer meeting at Beuster church center to pray for this; the Dean will lead the believers in this service.

Everyone is welcome to a Concert given by Diane Sangster (flute) , Sue Field and selected students of Sue’s at 3pm on Sunday, November 7th. Enjoy semi staged opera excerpts, flute/piano, cello/piano duos, vocal solos , duets and piano works. A reception follows the short concert and donations to the Peace Partnership Ministry are gratefully received.

Stefan Safsten is completing a new work entitled Vagen valde dig – The Way Chose You. It is based on the spiritual journal of Dag Hammarskjold called ‘Markings’. He sends his greetings and those of Spoon Jackson.

Please keep in your prayers: Raddi and Susanna on the death of Joyce, Susan Parsons, Steve Peterson’s sister-in-law Cathy, Ang San Suu Kyi, Randy and DeeAnn Cadonau, those in mourning, Friends Outside, our partners in faith in Laurel Galan and Lwamondo Parish, the children of our earth, the unemployed, those in war zones, and those who turn sorrow and crisis into hope.

Jazz at Peace/Jazz Church West: The Opening of our 6th Season with John Calloway and John Santos was a remarkable evening of artistry, improvisation and creativity. After hearing the letter from Rev. Amandus Derr welcoming Peace as the official West Coast site for Jazz Vespers the crowd of 100 people cheered and applauded. Such a diverse group of musicians; John Calloway says he plays here to receive hope and healing for himself; the singing of ‘He’s got the Whole World in his Hands’ filled the sanctuary with tears. People even came from Gilroy! All Nite Soul on October 31st from 5 – 9 pm is not to be missed.

Did you know: This October has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, all in one month – it happens once in 823 years. Anita said there are 7 quintillion 5 quadrillion grains of sand on the earth. She also said there are 7 billion billion billion atoms in our bodies. It is likely there are 140 billion galaxies in our cosmos. What all these numbers mean – you’ll have to explain to me.

Blessings, Pr. Steve