Good News, 12-01-2011

Friends:

“A person has no alternative but to respond to the real setting in which one finds oneself, with a result that one’s prayer is necessarily fabricated from the various inner and outward components of one’s life…..prayer grows out of life.  It is not an isolated department of life; prayer is the realization of the God-ward potential inherent in every life.” (Michael Casey)

Our Advent Season was blessed to begin with 4 baptisms this past Sunday.  The faces of the children and their parents were a source of wonder and delight.  How marvelous it was when they were presented with an array of candles.  The music of Paul Scheffert and our Abba/Imma Chi Prayer gave space and grace to the Spirit’s invitation to be, breathe, read scripture, pray and listen during this Advent time of preparation.

The Women and Moms of Peace will meet again next Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 pm at the home of Julie Gillespie and Judy Oliviera.  The group will continue to reflect on Loved by God….but – Struggling to keep my own Strength. Pr. Margareta will be present to help facilitate the conversation.  Future topics/burning questions can be identified as well.  All the Women of Peace are encouraged to participate.  Judy and Julie’s  address is:  7552 Northland Ave in San Ramon.  This is a great opportunity for “breathing time” into our lives and the season of Advent.  If anyone wants to bring snacks, please let Julie and Judy know by Sunday, December the 4th.  Further details will be in the bulletin.

Our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Celebration at 7:00 pm was a gift to all the participants.  Our thanks to Parisa Lo Bianco and the Danville Baha’i Assembly for hosting this service.  Each of the congregations participating had a Youth Representative and Allison Winter represented Peace well!

Please keep in your prayers:  Kersti Malvre, Diana Keller, Marlene Garrity , Nancy Carlston, Lois McGee and Martha Mantei , Fidel Taylor, the newly baptized, Seminarian Brenda Bos and her Committee, Chaplain Dwane Michael, and our Advent Season that we may have times of stillness as we ‘wait for the Lord’ in prayer, quiet, scripture reflection and meditation.

Meditation time is available for you on Thursdays from 5:45 – 6:30 pm.  It includes sitting and walking meditation.  Beginners are welcomed and instruction is always available.

Blessings, Pr. Steve