Good News, 04.26.2012

Friends:

Praise to you, Holy One who by your love have reconciled all creation.  Innumerable galaxies worship you, creatures that grace the earth rejoice in you, and all those in the deepest seas bow to you in adoration.  With them we give you praise!  Grant that we may cherish the earth our home, and live in harmony with your good creation.  Sustain us Creator, Son and Holy Spirit – now and forever.  Amen. 

 As the seeds and plants have grown from Healing Prayer Sunday through Easter and Earth Day….so are we.   It was so much fun to sing “This Land is Your Land”!

We have our next Taize Contemplative Prayer Service this Friday evening at 7:00 pm.  If you desire calm centering, stillness and quiet presence – please join us.

It was a gift to have Amanda and Memo Jones-Dominguez with us from Entre Culturas/Between Cultures last week.  The dinner on Friday evening had wonderful participation from the members of Peace.  It is a blessing to experience how the Spirit continues to nourish our Global Partnership Ministry.  You will be hearing more in future weeks.

Pr. Elizabeth will be preaching this Sunday!

 The Pacific Choir will join us for worship on May 6.   Two groups – the Children’s Choir (with 20 kids) and the Youth Choir (with 30 kids) will sing throughout the service.  Expect another uplifting liturgy!  Please come to encourage these children and young people (and their parents) in this ministry of music and joy.  (The Pacific Choir rehearses weekly on Sunday nights at Peace.  This is their Thank You Gift to us.)

Please keep in your prayers the 4 Seminarians (including John and Brenda) who are receiving Healing Prayer Training with Pr. Margareta during these two weeks.  The Healing Prayer Team will have a retreat together this Friday afternoon.

Lutherans to discuss ecology online on May 12!  The Lutheran World Federation is promoting a  wider conversation on ecological justice. You are invited to participate in this first virtual conference.  See www.elca.org/localevents or www.elca.org/ecumenical.

Our annual Bocce Ball Picnic will happen on Sunday, May 20 after worship.  Save the date!

Setting the Table is a one year project which has received $7500 in grant money to nourish interfaith community relationships  by working with Earth, Faith and Food themes.  You are invited to participate in an Dinner Event on the evening of May 20.  Check the Gathering Hall Kiosk for details.

Mother’s Day is May 13.  We will have our Small and Tall Worship in the morning.  In the afternoon we intend for an I-SRV Art Exhibit to have its Grand Opening with the Jazz Church West presenting the fine music and compositions of Fred Randolph.  Be sure to bring your mother!

Blessings, 

Pr. Steve