Pastor’s Weekly Message: 04.10.15

Grace Waves

Friends – an Easter Prayer:

Ever Amazing God,

we thank you for the empty tomb,

which reminds us we can always find our way back

from every little death we die along life’s journey.

Rebirth is your name.  Alleluia!

 

Ever Surprising God,

we thank you for Easter surprises like this morning’s gentle rain, which reminds us to remain open to the unexpected, the shift of tide, the change of course we didn’t see coming.

Invitation is your name.  Alleluia!

 

Ever Tantalizing God,

we thank you for the irresistible grace of the living Christ,

which reminds us that there is no sin so heinous, no loss so deep, no disappointment so debilitating, that grace cannot heal us, forgive us, lift us up to meet the strength of God.

Hope is your name.  Alleluia.

(Thanks to Pr. Elizabeth)

Resurrection Celebration – such Joy:  the trumpet and music, the children and candy and Egg Hunt in the rain, the families and Eucharist and Energy Field!  Thanks to all who assisted with Easter Preparations and our tasty Easter Brunch and the gorgeous flowers and Resurrection Stone around our altar.

Lovely April Concerts at Peace:

  • The Jazz Church West presents “Flash Mob” by Anton Schwartz this Sunday, April 12 at 5:00 pm.   A Downbeat Magazine’s Top 10 CDs for 2014.  This is an exciting Highlight of our 10thAnniversary Season.   Invite friends to join you for this remarkable occasion – even if you don’t like Jazz, this Sunday you’ll fall in love!
  • “Spring Delight” with the Coelis Ensemble on Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 pm.  A luscious, classical welcoming of the abundance of springtime life.  What gifts are in store for us (“Spring Delight’ will benefit our UN 70th Anniversary Concert on June 27 at Grace Cathedral.)

You are invited to Tea at The English Rose in downtown Pleasanton on Saturday, April 25 at 11 am.  Join friends from Peace for this occasion.  Flyers are in the Gathering Hall.

Save the Dates:

  • A Peace Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 5:00 pm.
  • The film “Race to Nowhere” will be shown on Monday, May 11 at 7:00 pm.  Our thanks to Chris Pancoast and our Education Committee for coordinating this event.

‘The Wild Places’ by Thomas Merton

Humans are creatures of ambiguity.  Our salvation and sanity depend on our ability to harmonize the deep conflicts in our thoughts, emotions and personal mythology.  Honesty and authenticity do not depend on complete freedom from contractions – such freedom is impossible – but on recognizing our self-contradictions and not masking them with bad faith.

The conflicts in individuals are not entirely of their own making.  On the contrary, many of them are imposed, readymade, by an ambivalent culture.  This poses a very special problem, because he/she who accepts the ambiguities of our culture without protest and without criticism is rewarded with a sense of security and moral justification.  A certain kind of unanimity satisfies our emotions, and easily substitutes for truth.  We are content to think like the others, and in order to protect our common psychic security, we readily become blind to the contradictions – or even the lies – that we have all decided to accept as “plain truth”.

Easter blessings,  Pr. Steve