Good News 03.21.2013

Friends:

“A person has no alternative but to respond to the real setting in which one finds oneself, with a result that one’s prayer is necessarily fabricated from the various inner and outward components of one’s life.  Prayer grows out of life.  It is not an isolated department of life, it is the realization of the God-ward potential inherent in every life.”  (Michael Casey)

Holy Week:  Our Palm Sunday/Passion Narrative happens this Sunday.  It sets the stage for our understanding and engaging the mystery of the final week of Jesus’ life.

Seder – 20 people have signed up for our 6:30  Maundy Thursday dinner and retelling of the Passover Story.  Invite friends to join you. Sign up  on Sunday or notify the office.

Good Friday – worship is at 7:00 pm with a service of reflection, stillness and music.

Easter Vigil – will be celebrated at 7:30 pm.   A joyful journey through the darkness into the Light.

Easter Day – Festive Worship at 9:30 am with an Egg Hunt afterwards.  You are invited to bring something for our Potluck Brunch afterwards.

Brenda Bos sends her greetings!  We had a good conversation last week and she is enjoying her work with St. Paul’s in Santa Monica.  She is completing a project for Peace.  She is grateful for everything learned and experienced at Peace.  She and Janis send their blessings for Holy Week also.

Our thanks to the Chromatica Choir for their gift of Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine last Sunday.  They are appreciative that Peace has helped give their choir birth through our hosting and prayerful support.

This Sunday join us for our Forum:  Sing as if your Soul Depended on It!  This is an opportunity for everyone to learn and enjoy more the gift of music in a spiritual life.  You don’t have to be a singer to appreciate the transformative role that music plays in our lives.  Gary will lead us in this joyful opportunity.

The Lord of the Rings performance at Temple Isaiah was outstanding.  Eight folks from Peace were able to attend.  We hope that Gary will be able to bring the SF Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band back to Peace in future!

Sunday Salon/Bonhoeffer Study:  The group meets again for our 4th Session this Sunday at 3:00 pm at Peace.  All are welcomed to join us.

A few reflections on Prayer in preparation for Holy Week.  These insights have been shared throughout the Soup and Sacrament series this Lent.

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 nonsense and imperfection.  God already knows; it is we who need to be informed and awakened.

The test of authentic prayer is growth:  growth in goodness, growth in humanity, greater serenity in living and facing hardship.  Above all genuine contact with God effects a real displacement of self as the center of our existence.

Blessed are those who delight in God’s law, who meditate on it day and night.
They are like a tree planted near running water,
That yields fruit in due season and whose leaves never fade.

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 Maker of Life arises and gives in abundance.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. 
Don’t go back to sleep:  You must ask for what you really want.  Don’t go back to sleep!

Lenten Blessings,  Pr. Steve