Good News, 02.10.2011

Sunday’s homily from February 6, is now available online for your listening and soul’s pleasure. You may listen or download this and past sermons by going to the audio sermons online section.

Friends:

I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith. – Gandhi

The Small and Tall Family Service is always such a great joy. Our thanks to the Young Ones prepared prayers and lead our worship; to the Youth Group for their Noah and the Ark puppet story, to Pastors Margareta and Anita for creating the service, and to a Pair of Jeans (Jean and Jeanie) for their musical leadership. We will continue to have more family services in the future.

Spiritual Grounding was initiated this past Monday at Peace with an Organic Meal shared among 7 of our Interfaith (I-SRV) Partners and Sunol Farmers. The Greening Committee will provide you with a report and further information about how Peace may become involved with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Funny isn’t it, we know our bankers, doctors, teachers even baristas, but we don’t know the farmers who feed us.

Bible 365 keeps growing! At least 25 people are participating now. No one will be excluded. See you at 11:30 on Sundays!

Congratulations to Heather and Dixon – and proud grandmother Charlene McPherson – on the birth of Rae Lee! Everyone is healthy and happy. Thanks be to God.

And thanks to Susanna El Mogazi for the wonderful pregnancy announcement this past Sunday. So many blessings surround us!

If you are looking for further resources on Mohandas Gandhi you may wish to read the biography by Geoffrey Ashe or Gandhi the Man by Eknath Easwaran or Gandhi’s autobiography, My Experiments with Truth. On Martin Luther King, the biography by Jeffrey Oates is outstanding.

Our annual Congregational Meeting will follow worship this Sunday, February 13th. Your presence and participation is appreciated.

What would Jesus cut? Right now Congress is considering a budget plan that would make a 9 percent cut in discretionary spending while giving a 2 percent increase for military spending. This would be devastating for domestic programs that provide basic nutrition, health, and opportunity to poor children and international aid programs that save lives every day. Military and defense spending make up over half of the federal discretionary budget. If instead of a 2 percent increase the defense budget took a 2 percent cut, it would save almost $10 billion this year. The biblical prophets make clear that a nation’s righteousness is ultimately determined not by its GNP or military might — but by how it treats its most vulnerable people. Jesus says our love for him will be demonstrated by how we treat the “least of these.” As we have all learned from the Great Recession, our economic choices matter. We must make financial decisions based on our values and not just short-term goals. Remind Congress of this.

Valentine’s Special: Vocalist Clairdee sings for Jazz at Peace on February 13th. Her song “Jazz Vespers” was specially created and recorded for our new Jazz Church West Celebrates cd. Having performed in Tokyo, Paris and New York, and with Count Basie, Boz Scaggs and Nancy Wilson….Clairdee finally feels she is prepared to sing at Peace in Danville. Invite your friends to join you for this Lovefest!

The Women’s Group will meet at Gun Johnston’s home next week.

Seminarian Emily Weller is back with us after her January Term. She and I are teaching the Confirmation Class which is in full swing.

Pray for the people of Egypt – for those risking their lives in this nonviolent revolution for democracy; for those who have lost their lives; and for our government that we may act proactively, as Martin Luther King said, “in the global revolution of values.”

A quote from Gandhi made after the bombing of Hiroshima. “In this age of wonders no one will say that a thing or an idea is worthless because it is new. Things undreamt of are daily been seen, the impossible is ever becoming possible. We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of satyagraha (nonviolence).”

In the spirit of our Small and Tall worship: Kindness in words creates confidence; Kindness in thinking creates profoundness; Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu

Epiphany Blessings, Pr. Steve