Good News, 08.01.2012

Friends:

Who can utter
the poignance of all that is constantly
threatened, invaded, expended

and constantly
nevertheless
persists in beauty,

tranquil as this young moon
just risen and slowly
drinking light
from the vanished sun.

who can utter
the praise of such generosity
or the shame?”

Denise Levertov

The Sabbatical Blessing on Sunday was beautiful.  It feels like I can ‘go in peace’.   And the musical contributions of dual pianos, piano and organ and flute was so uplifting.

Bev and I are glad for all of you who were able to attend our Ice Cream Social.  Always such a gift to relax with Peace Friends and enjoy all the tasty goodies.  And the champagne was a special touch!

If you want to see the KTVU coverage of our Memorial Garden/Columbarium story (interviews with  neighbors and myself) click here.

Katherine Beeler has done such a fine job with our Youth Group. We were blessed to have her leadership this past year.  This next year will also be built on insights she has shared with me.   Offer her your gratitude when you see her next.  This Fall she will resume Graduate Studies in Washington.  A rich and delightful year is evolving for our youth.

The Healing Prayer Team will be coordinating Prayer Partners within Peace this Fall during my sabbatical.  You will be asked to pray for another member of Peace and for our whole congregation.  Details to come.

Sunday School Teachers:  The recruiting is going well – we have 4 teachers already.  So I have decided to recruit a total of 8 – that way in rotation one need serve only once every two months.  Would you like to join this Revered Group?  Please contact the office if you are willing.  There will be an Orientation so you will know how to conduct this 25 minute Activity Period with our children.  Homecoming Sunday will be September 23.

Sacred Folk for Sacred Folk:  Our own John Baker is creating a beautiful evening of Folk Music with artists Verlin Chalmers and Bekah Barnett on Sunday, August 12 from 5:00 – 6:30.  A perfect gift for a summer evening and it is free.  Spread the word with friends. To download a copy of the flyer for this special event click here.

The Memorial Garden/Columbarium Committee and Council met this past Sunday to discern our next steps.  The Committee will make a presentation to the congregation on Sunday, August 12.

“The universe is not only stranger than we imagined, but stranger than we can imagine!”  (Sir Arthur Eddington)  Adds David Finkelstein, “We haven’t the capacity to imagine anything crazy enough to stand a chance of being right.” This past Sunday Mark Miller confirmed the accuracy of these physicists comments and…. that the Gospel affirmation and renewal of life is as crazy if not crazier than the theoretical  grapplings of physics with reality!

Turns out that Dana and Anita will be traveling in Italy when I am there – only they will be heading south as I am going north.  Great to have friends on the planet wherever we go.

Still in the Storm:  This will be a Workshop on Congregational Justice Organizing presented by Just Faith at San Damiano Retreat Center on Saturday September 29.  All are invited.  Details to come.  Notify the office or Deacon Cindy Townsend if you are interested.

There is only Christ:  Christ is everything and in everything. (Colossians 3:11)  To the outsider this sounds like an overstatement or only poetry, but to the practitioner of faith this is the wisdom that insists there is no life without love – which means life for all!   (We are “planted in love and built on love” as our  Ephesians text said this past Sunday).  Such disciples may appear dangerous for their compassionate convictions.  But they have no time to waste on being against things; now there is only time to be for!  “Strengthen your inner life in order to trust the God who can do more than we can ask or imagine.”

We shall not cease from exploration
And the End of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion…….

T.S. Eliot

I hope you are enjoying the sunflowers!

I will see you in Advent/December.  Keep me in your prayers.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve