Good News, 03.23.12

Friends:

“Every request I make of God is a message telling of my neediness, of my trust in God, of my willing dependence and openness to receive.  Prayer is the moment in life where we need not fear to express ourselves in all our emptiness and imperfection.  God already know; it is we who need to be informed.” (Michael Casey, Towards God)

This Sunday will be a Healing Prayer Sunday for us once again.  It is good to be in God’s presence, resting like seeds in the soil for the impetus of new life.

The Big Blow Concert was simply amazing.  The SF Gay and Lesbian Band was so skillful.  They loved performing at Peace.  We had a wonderful turnout of Peace members and folks from many different circles in the larger community.  The music lifted our hearts and as I told some friends, “Even the building seemed to be dancing!”  Thank God for days of pure joy.

Our last Exodus Soup and Sacrament gathering will be next Wednesday.  Our thanks to Dr. Phil Stanley for his thoughtful and impressive presentations.

The Earth/Faith/Food program has received a $7,500 Grant to organize an Interfaith Community Project among the I-SRV Congregations.  Details will be coming to you soon.

April Fools Mads-ness:  On Sunday, April 1 the Jazz Church West presents jazz violinist Mads Tolling.  A wonderfully gifted artist (who has recently returned from performing for the Prince and Princess of Denmark) – who you will enjoy to no end.  This special addition to our jazz season is in honor of JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) which occurs every April.  The tickets are $20/person.  There will be two sets and a fine reception.

Holy Week begins with our  Palm/Passion Sunday Service on April 1 at 9:30. We will begin in the Courtyard.

The Triduum is the name for the final days of Holy Week by which we enter into the Pascal Mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.

April 5 is our Seder at 6:30 pm.  This is a true culmination of our Exodus Soup and Sacrament Series.  Please sign up on Sunday or notify the office.

April 6 is Good Friday with a contemplative service happening at 7:00 pm

April 7  is our Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm – I would like to make a Special Request for the participation of as many of you as possible.  A service rich in every regard. It will transform your delight, understanding and appreciation of Easter.

April 8  – Celebrate Easter at 9:30 am.  The phenomenal Egg Hunt will follow!

“Prayer requires perseverance, because there is an aspect of Purpose that is asleep and must be awakened by knocking and demanding.  When a person perseveres, the Giver of Life always give in abundance!”

Lenten Blessings,  Pr. Steve