Good News, 09.26.2012

Friends,

        This coming Sunday, September 30, Peace Lutheran’s seminarian John Brett, will begin an Adult Education series on baptism.  He will be using the classic booklet, Baptized We Live: Lutheranism as a Way of Life, by Daniel Erlander.  During his life and death, Jesus said “yes” to God by following the way of the cross and rejecting the way of glory.   Following Jesus, we, too, are called to say “yes” to God and this life-giving way of living begins in our baptism!

         If anyone approaches me regarding the baptism of a child or adult, my heart sings and my face breaks into a big smile.  As a pastor, I have so many good memories of baptisms!  I remember times when a tiny infant slept so soundly that I picked her up while speaking about baptism in my homily and held her throughout the entire baptismal rite before she woke up!  No fear in that little one!  Then, there was the five year-old who seemed excited when I showed him font the Saturday before his baptism.  However, in the middle of Sunday worship when he was to come up to the font, he yelled, “No!  No way!  Not me!”  Then, his father picked him up, calmed him down, and held him over the font so the baptism could proceed.  My observation?  This “dying to self” and “rising with Christ” can be scary!

       Baptism is far more powerful and central to our faith as Christians than most people realize.  Many people carry misconceptions or have never stopped to consider its meaning and significance.  For example, I have heard the following questions a number of times:

  • Why isn’t baptism a “heavenly insurance policy”?
  • Why is baptism usually done in the midst of community?
  • What does it mean to “die” in baptism?  Die to what?  …so that we might live for____?
  • Some people talk about “sealed orders” being opened by following Christ during our lives.  What does this mean?
  • What does it mean to be “marked with the cross of Christ forever?

      While not all of these questions may be addressed during Adult Education time on baptism, many others may bubble up, especially if we have a lively and enthusiastic group!  It should be fun and interesting!  So, plan to attend if you are able.  Grow in your ability to live as a baptized Child of God!

Blessings, 
Pastor Mary Ann

 Reminder: The Office Hours  while Libby is in South Africa are Tuesday-Thursday, 10-2 pm.  Jeanie Locklear is filling in the Office. No one will be here on Monday and Friday.

 Book event at the Congregational church: Saturday, 6 October 2012 at 4 PM — Bishop Gene Robinson discussing his new book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage. Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville. Call Rakestraw Books at (925) 837-7337 for more information.    

 BJ Jesse is looking for a temporary place to live, since she has been living in her mother’s house,  which sold last week.  If you have ” an empty house/cottage or house-sit something for late oct./nov…..” call BJ at 925-548-7050.

September/October Calendar

Weekly (Tues)  Yoga Level One in the Gathering Hall at 9:15 am
Weekly (Thurs) Chair  Yoga in the Gathering Hall at 4:45pm
Sept. 30-Oct. 28  Education series: “Baptized We Live”
Oct. 3 (Wed)  Youth Group meets at 7 pm in Youth Room
Oct. 4 (Thurs)  Tai Chi resumes at 7 pm with Lori Eickmann
Oct 7  St. Francis Pet Blessing Festival  noon-3 pm (Remember to bring your baskets or gift certificates!)
Oct 14  Small & Tall Service; Jazz Church West–8th Season opener- Gerry Grosz & The Jazz   Kitchen  5 pm

Pray for our travellers to South Africa who left Wednesday evening!

Peace to All!