Good News, 03.14.2013

Friends: 

“In prayer we discover what we already have.  You start from where you are and you deepen what you already have, and you realize you are already there.  We already have everything but we don’t know it and don’t experience it.  Everything has been given to us in Christ.  All we need is to experience what we already possess.”  (Thomas Merton, in honor of Soup and Sacrament)

 The Chromatica Choir will sing for our Healing Prayer Service this Sunday.  It is their Thank You Gift for getting to rehearse weekly at Peace.  Come honor these friends with your presence and enjoy the gift of their music as we pray for the healing of our lives, community and world.

 Forum:  The Healing Prayer Team will lead a conversation on the meaning of Healing Prayer in their lives and how it contributes to the ministries of Peace.  Come and encourage these heart friends of yours.

 The Final Soup and Sacrament for this Lenten Season is next Wednesday, March 20.  Can you believe it?  It has been a good and enriching experience to converse about and experience various forms of prayer.  You are welcome to join us for the final session…..and get to enjoy a tasty meal.

 Please start signing up for our Seder this Sunday, March 17.

 Sunday Salon/Bonhoeffer:  We gather again Sunday, March 24 at Peace from 3 – 5 pm.  Please read chapters 10 – 15.  New participants are always welcome to join us.

 We will have an Easter Brunch on March 31 along with our Egg Hunt.  It’s potluck style so bring anything you enjoy that’s tasty and doesn’t require a lot of work.

 The Lord of the Rings/Symphony No 1 by Johan de Meij:  Hear our friends from the SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band perform in this free concert at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette this Sunday at 4 pm.  Gary is performing so you know it will be outstanding!

 Keep in your prayers:  Jonathan and Miki, Melinda Howard, Heidi and Fidel, those seeking employment, our Youth, Catechumens and Council, the falsely imprisoned, those living with addictions, the people of Syria, kids at risk, those living in countries with no political rights, and the new pope Papa Francesco.

I-SRV invites you to participate in an Interfaith Dinner Series.  8 people from 4 different spiritual traditions will be invited to meet once a quarter (starting in late May) to personalize our interfaith friendships, deepen understanding of each other’s traditions and share wonderful meals together.   You would meet with the same people for all 4 Dinners.  Further detailed information will be coming your way.  What a wonderful opportunity for increasing peace and understanding among all God’s people. 

 Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly Neologism Contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.  A few of the winners are:
  1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
  2.  Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
  3. Gargoyle (n), olive-flavored mouthwash.
  4. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
  5. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
  6. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

(Thanks to Elana for these!)

Do not give up laughter for Lent!

Blessed St. Paddy’s Day,  Pr. Steve