Good News, 03.16.2012

Friends:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.  And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.  And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.  Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.  I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” Thomas Merton

Seminarian Brenda Bos will preach this Sunday.  Our worship will be abbreviated so the Korean Church can begin worship at 11 am and the preparations for our afternoon concert can begin at 1 pm.

This  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 has a beautiful musical program prepared.  They will perform from within the Gathering Hall and the audience will be in the sanctuary. You heard the incredible Finale Chord Gary played last Sunday.  Imagine what the organ and full band will sound like.  Please invite your friends to share in this joyful celebration of life!

The final session of Understanding Baha’i also occurs this Sunday evening.   This has been a very valuable series.  It is this kind of dialogue upon which our world depends!  We received both the historical context and a sense of the faith and practice of the Baha’i community.  They have experienced persecutions and are glad for the companionship of spiritual friends at Peace.  Sometimes the affirmation of others is so simple as in,  “I see you.” Join us this Sunday evening (after the concert?) at 6:00 pm in the Art Room.

Our Lenten Exodus/Soup and Sacrament Series with Dr. Phil Stanley continues to be a profound learning experience.  “The one thing we learn from history is we don’t learn from history!” It is such a relaxing evening to share a simple meal, explore new insights and digest the questions of our faith with friends.  Feel free to join in – there’s always room for you.  Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Check out the series of photos of our evolving Transfiguration Mask Man/Pacem Totem on our website!

Congratulations to Fidel Taylor on his graduation from college!  May he and his wife Heidi continue to be surrounded by the Spirit’s strength, wisdom and grace.

Our Adult Education hour was a powerful discussion on the Theology of the Cross versus the Theology of Glory.  The group will be reading a book by Gerhard Forde on this topic and continuing the discussion in the Easter Season.  All members of Peace are invited to join in.

GODSPELL, THE MUSICAL (A production of Las Positas College, Livermore):

Some stories never get old, and deserve to be retold.  This is a fresh interpretation of Matthew’s gospel, with music, dance and theatrical traditions set amidst the world of Occupy Wall Street. One of the biggest Broadway successes of all time, with lyrics and music from the creator of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz. A ground-breaking and unique reflection on the life and parables of a radical pacifist named Jesus, including themes of kindness, tolerance, social justice and love, set to a “rockin’ fun” musical score.

Performances March 23 and 24 (8:00 p.m.) and March 25 (2:00 p.m.), and March 30 and 31 (8:00 p.m.) and April 1 (2:00 p.m.).

We hope to gather groups from Peace to attend either the March 25 and April 1 matinee performances….and Abigail Vass (Pastor Elizabeth’s daughter) is in the cast.

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.   Martha reported that the rehearsal of the 110 members of the Chorus this last Saturday was a delight for the entire Chorus.  They were fascinated by the beauty of Peace and potential future opportunities!

This year I invite you to participate in the Easter Vigil Service on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm.  This ancient service has been considered the highpoint of the Easter Season/Triduum and Easter Day the culmination of the Paschal Mystery.  Try it – make it part of your Holy Week rhythm….it will move you in surprising and new ways.

Lenten Blessings,  Pr. Steve