Pastor’s Weekly Message: 03.05.15

Grace Waves

Friends:

To be alone with God means an utterly, pure surrendered heart.  And the only way to this is through the purification of learning to live with others and loving them.

—Ruth Burrows

This Sunday we celebrate International Women’s Day.  Members of Peace will contribute their stories.  TIME CHANGE THIS SUNDAY – SPRING AHEAD.

Taize worship continues on all the Wednesdays of Lent at San Damiano from 7 – 8 pm with a Reception afterwards.  Our own Gary, Drew, Elizabeth and Jeanie are the musical team!  Last week 100 people participated.

The painting of the final portion of the exterior of the sanctuary is happening this week.

The Education and Connections Committees have met this week.  You will learn of their Spring Plans in the near future.

The Youth Group meets on Sunday, May 15 to hear a presentation from Jordan about racism in our schools.

Please keep in your prayers:  Phil Stanley, recovering from heart valve surgery, and Pr. Bob Lesher – now in John Muir for undiagnosed reasons; for Kerstin;  for Annie’s family; for our world in need of God, center and sanity; and for all the new members of Peace.

First Friday Films – “12 Angry Men”, this Friday at 6:30 pm.  Fueled by Henry Fonda’s commanding performance, this classic courtroom drama has inspired generations with the message that one person can make a difference. Description:  After the prosecution of a murder case rests, a jury files into their back room to deliberate on the fate of young street tough. 11 of the 12 feel that the case is an open-and-shut case, but Juror #8 has his doubts. As 8 goes over and over the evidence, much to the exasperation of everyone else in the room, he slowly exposes the jurors’ prejudices about the accused, the legal system and themselves. Starring: Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, Lee J. Cobb.

Inspired Generosity:  Barb Kline notified us this past Sunday that every member of Peace can now obtain $250 – for free from Thrivent – to support a fundraising or educational or community service activity – within Peace or in the larger community.  This creative approach by Thrivent is meant to multiply the numerous ministries we are already involved in, encourage fresh participation among members and beyond, prompt generosity thinking and make our compassion real.  I am assigning this endeavor to all of you as a Lenten Discipline – you have to bless a ministry you love with generosity before Easter!  I won’t change the rules.

Every request I make of God is a messenger telling of my neediness, of my trust on God, of my willing dependence and openness to receive. Towards God

—Michael Casey

Lenten Blessing,  Pr. Steve