Pastor’s Weekly Message: 03.22.16

Grace Waves

Friends:

Seek first the reign of God and everything else will fall into place.

 

You are salt and light for the world.

 

My own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.  —Jesus

“Where are the responsible ones?  Who are they?  I long for the virtues of courage and honesty:  For civil courage and the discipline of dissent are being trampled beneath the mobs and the masses; and ultimate responsibility in dark times asks not ‘how shall I extricate myself from this terrible situation but how is the coming generation to go on living?’” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “After Ten Years” – 1943).  His questions are why we need Holy Week.

Holy Week 

  • Maundy Thursday Communion worship is at 7:00 pm on March 24.
  • Good Friday – God Hangs on to Us:  Worship will be at 7:30 with a Telling of the Passion Narrative in John’s Gospel.
  • Peace will also be open from Noon – 3 pm, come pray for our congregation and world.

Easter Sunday is March 27 at 10:00 am.  A joyful service with brass and percussion and more! A Potluck Brunch follows with of course our Egg Hunt for the children.

What a Weekend!  God speaks in such a variety of voices:

Our Early Communion Class, kids and parents walked the Labyrinth.  It was so peaceful to sit in the center in the stillness and enjoy a quiet conversation.

The Youth Group met – they practiced their egg hunt finding skills and reflected about the meaning of Holy Week.

The Men’s Group met on Saturday and savored Jesus’ journey and teaching shifting and healing us from domination to communion.

Kenny Washington and Trio sang us into such sweetness.  Ella Fitzgerald is considered the greatest scat singer; Kenny is considered the spiritual son who inherited her astounding scat gift.

“Fables and Fantasy’” gave us a concert filled with rich and profound music and the insights of ancient and modern fables.  Our thanks to Gary for making this happen.

Thanks to our Palm Sunday narrators and musicians:  Ceil, Charlene, Dennis, Elizabeth, John and Austin, our Sunday School Teachers Pat and Charlene, and Pr. Margareta.

Our AED/ Defibrillator Training was appreciated, valuable and a success last week.  The following have been certified:  Nancy Carlston, Margaret Beeler, Diane Kurtz, Pat Leong, Libby Flynn, Ken Budesa and myself.  If you are already certified, would you please notify our office so we have a comprehensive list of CPR/AED trained members.  Thank you.

Please keep in your prayers:

Drew, Joan, Gun, Liz, Joan, those in mourning, those in their final days,  those who have lost loved ones to suicide, those troubled by anxiety, illness or addiction, for our Early Communion Class – Collin, Brady, Patrick, Dylan, Evan, Sydney and Jake; for our Youth Group and Men’s Group; the hungry, those seeking God’s grace and embrace, in gratitude for the normalizing of relations with Cuba; for Refugees, and the people of Belgium; for our Partners in Lwamondo Parish and Laurel Galan, Nicaragua.

Joan Eychner invites the members of Peace to Tom Eychner’s Memorial Service
on Saturday, April 2 at 10:30 am.

Making a Difference – Sharing your Time, Talents and Treasures:  Chances are, you already share your time, talents and treasures. So how can you make your generosity even more meaningful? Join us for a 60-minute educational discussion and find out how to make intentional choices around your generosity that align with your values.  Barbara Droher Kline of Thrivent will host this workshop at Peace on Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 – 12:30.  The session is free and includes a tasty brunch as well.

Has your Book of Blessings proven helpful?

Archbishop Romero of El Salvador was assassinated on March 24, 1980.  This week that date marks our Maundy Thursday celebration.  He wrote this prayer the year of his death.

 IT HELPS NOW AND THEN TO STEP BACK AND TAKE THE LONG VIEW.  THE KINGDOM IS NOT ONLY BEYOND OUR EFFORTS; IT IS EVEN BEYOND OUR VISION.

 We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.  Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.  No statements say all that could be said.  No prayer fully expresses our faith.  No confession brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.  No program accomplishes the church’s mission.  No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

 This is what we are about:  We plant the seeds that one day will grow.  We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.  We lay foundations that will need further development.  We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

 We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.  This enable us to do something, and to do it very well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

 We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.  We are workers, not master builders – ministers, not messiahs.  We are prophets of a future not our own.  Amen.

Blessed Holy Week,

Pr. Steve