Good News, 03.06.12

Friends:

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress that growth is made by passing through some stages of instability –

And that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you – your ideas mature gradually….let them grow,

Let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time

(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)

Will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing that God’s hand is leading you,

And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ)

What a marvelous Crab Feed – a delicious evening:  tasty, relaxing and renewing…plus a good fundraiser for Peace.  Our special thanks to Julie and (Deacon)Robert for their organizing and coordinating, to Elana and Bill, Michael and Christy, Annika and Brielle, Edith and Charlene, and Susanna and Anita!

We had a great beginning of our Lenten Exodus/Soup and Sacrament Series with Dr. Phil Stanley.  It is so good to share a simple meal, learn new insights and digest the questions of our faith with friends.  20 people came last week – please join in, there’s room for you too!  The evening is from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Understanding Baha’i had a delightful launching on Sunday evening with Dr. Diane Hill.   Over 30 people attended.  We received both the historical context and a sense of the spirit of the Baha’i faith.  They too have experienced persecutions and are glad for the companionship of spiritual friends.  Thanks to (Deacon) Gil Jardine for initiating and coordinating this event.  Join us this Sunday evening at 6:00 pm in the Art Room to learn more about the teaching of the Baha’i faith from Chris Palmer.

….After you have attended the Jazz Church West event (you have this Sunday option too) with 86 year old Guitar Icon Eddie Duran and his daughter pianist and vocalist Sharman Duran at 5:00 pm.  They will be accompanied by Percussionist Raul Ramirez who will simply astound you to no end!

For our Adult Education Hour this Sunday Seminarian Brenda Bos will present and lead a discussion on The Theology of the Cross versus the Theology of Glory.  Choose to be a part of this important Lenten dialogue.

It is not too late to join the Easter Choir if you so choose.  Members are meeting after worship on Sundays.

Musical Opportunities Galore:  Sunday, March 18 the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Band (55 members!) will be performing The Big Blow – a free concert at Peace at 4:00 pm.  The Band will perform within the Gathering Hall and the audience will be in the sanctuary.  A fantastic music program is prepared for you.  Invite your friends!

Godspell: Our own Abigail Vass performs in this hit production.  Matinee groups/carpools from Peace are being arranged for Sundays March 25 or April 1.  Details are coming.

Sing-along with the Broadway Chorus at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton on March 30 and 31 at 8:00 pm or Sunday Matinee April 1 at 2:00 pm.  Hear our own Chorus Member Martha Mantei sing….and Martha has also arranged for the 110 member Chorus to rehearse at Peace during March.

During these next week’s you are invited to reflect on the theme of Take up your Cross from last Sunday’s Gospel:  What does it mean for you;  what intentions or commitments does it stir; what transformation does it prompt in your life; what act of justice or hope does it prompt as you prayerfully reflect on this pivotal instruction of Jesus?

The Time Change occurs this Sunday – Spring Ahead!

During Lent you are invited to simply come and be underneath the Tent of Revealings in our sanctuary.  Such an ancient and essential practice.  God knows our every need expressed in sighs and groans and stillness.

Lenten Blessings, Pr. Steve