Pastor’s Weekly Message: 04.30.15

Grace Waves

Friends:

Except in faith, nobody is humble.   The mask of weakness or Phariseeism/legalism is not the naked face of humility.

Except in faith, nobody is proud.  The vanity displayed in all of its varieties by the spiritually immature is not pride.

To be, in faith, both humble and proud:   that is, to live, to know that in God I am nothing, but that God is in me. Markings, Dag Hammarskjold

“Aging Gracefully” – Spiritual Direction Group:  Spiritual Direction enables us to discern and clarify our calling – right where we are in life….and discover the joy of now.  Pr. Margareta leads and facilitates this group which will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 1 pm at Peace through May 26.  After a summer break the group will resume in the Fall.  Bring a favorite scripture passage with you to the gathering next Tuesday.  To learn more contact Pr. Margareta at margareta@peacejourney.org or 648-7004.

Small and Tall Worship/Mother’s Day, May 10 – Our liturgy will be designed for all our children on Mom’s Day.  Pure fun and joy.  As Jesus said, “Let all the children come to me!”

Two of Bill Carmel’s art pieces were accepted into the Interfaith Exhibition at the Islamic Center in Oakland.  The Opening is this Saturday, May 2, 5 – 8 pm. There will be speakers, refreshments, live music and plenty of opportunities to view the artwork and meet the artists. If time allows, we will have informal tours of the artwork in which each artist will have 1 – 2  minutes to talk about their artwork to visitors. The Exhibit will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm, between May 3rd and May 30th.

Jazz Church West presents Latin Jazz with John Calloway and Clave Unplugged on Sunday, May 3 at 5:00 pm.  Our Cinco de Mayo Celebration will be caliente!

Art Exhibit Opening – Californian Golden Autumn:  Sunday’s jazz evening will also host Thais Helena’s Art Opening.  Immerse yourself in beauty.  Invite friends to join you.

“Race to Nowhere” – Monday, May 11 at 7:00 pm.  Mark your calendars now so that you will see this important film about the educational and personal stresses our children are experiencing as they grow up in our Valley.  A panel discussion will follow.  Our Education Committee and Chris Pancoast are organizing this viewing.

Global Awareness Sunday:  This Sunday we will look through the lens of the Millennium 2015 Goals at how our world is meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and the earth itself.  This is inspired by the life and work of Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary General of the United Nations, whose plane was shot down while he was pursuing a Peace Mission in the Congo of Africa.  To prepare you might want to check out this Ted Talk:  http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_the_good_news_of_the_decade.  In it Hans Rosling reframes 10 years of UN data with his spectacular visuals, lighting up an astonishing — mostly unreported — piece of front-page-worthy good news: We’re winning the war against child mortality!

First Friday Films:  FFF is not hosting a film this Friday evening in order to support and encourage your participation at the ‘Race to Nowhere’ film on Monday, May 11!

Keep in your prayers:  The people of Nepal, those enduring civil war in Iraq, caregivers, those who stir us with imagination, courage and hope, friends who pray for us, the children of our world.

Riots are the voice of the unheard.  Do I condemn the riots?  Yes, of course.  But I equally condemn the conditions imposed by the power structure that create the riots.  Martin Luther King

Easter blessings,  Pr. Steve