Pastor’s Weekly Message: 09.29.16

Grace Waves

Friends:

The world depends upon the sounds of children as they learn.

How joyous our last Family Service to see our toddlers wandering, exploring and preaching.  Thanks to Pr. Margareta for the opening of our hearts to all the endless dimensions of the Gospel.

This Sunday we celebrate our St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival.  We will get to experience the insights of our Confirmands and the wisdom of our furry, feathery, scaly friends.  Thanks to Greg Grebe in advance for coordinating this wonderful community event and ministry..  Invite your friends to join for the Pet Festival from Noon – 2 pm.

Our Jazz Church West 12th Season opens this Sunday at 5:00 pm.  The Jeff Denson Quartet will be playing which includes bass, piano, drums – and for the first time ever a jazz bassoon!

Who can bear to miss this?  Aren’t we blessed!

To everyone at Peace:  Thank you so much for the recognition during workshop, the gifts of abalone earrings and a massage, and…cake last Sunday.  I will be at my high school reunion (50) this weekend but I’ll be back at Peace for the Pet Festival on Oct. 2–and Jazz that evening.

 I’ve loved being in the Office. However it is time for me to have more freedom to roam and visit friends and family.  I’m looking forward to several days at Yosemite Tuolumne Meadows next summer–I can even sign up months ahead!  Blessings, Libby

Embodied Prayer – this Saturday, October 1 from 9:30 – 4:00 pm:  East meets west in this journey of deepening your connection to the Divine through Qigong, meditation, and prayer involving your body, mind, and spirit. Drawing from Judeo-Christian, Taoist, and Buddhist wisdom and compassion practices, this series invites you to explore, engage, and share your ever unfolding spiritual awareness. Lead by Kaleo, Elise and myself at San Damiano.  Contact 837-9141 to register.

Dabbie and Steve have moved to Corvallis, Oregon.  They send their love and prayers to all their friends at Peace.  Dabbie will continue as our Webmaster.  They have promised they will return for visits!

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Weekly Message: 09.07.16

Grace Waves

Friends:

Thirst

I walk out into the marvels of creation –
and all the way God has given us such beautiful lessons.

O Lord, grant me in your mercy, a little more time.

Love for the earth and love for you are having such a long conversation in my heart.

Who knows what will finally happen or what I will understand; yet I have already received and given a great many things away.

Someday I will be told:  it is time to leave and to pack nothing,

except my prayers and this thirst for life, that I am slowly learning. —Mary Oliver

Continued thanks to all of you for your condolences, prayers, cards and memorial gifts to Bread for the World on behalf of my father.  His Memorial Service last Saturday in Columbus was a rich blessing for our family and friends. My gratitude for your prayers which sustain and lift myself and family who are grieving.

Our sorrow is deepened by the death of Joan Strawn this past Monday.  She and Jim were long time members and leaders of Peace.  Joan was a gift of wit, wisdom, compassion, commitment and humor.  Please keep her family David and Kathy, Carol and Tim in your prayers.

And with sadness I share that Rabbi Dan Goldblatt’s beloved wife, Yael, may her memory be a blessing, died on Sunday in Hospice outside of Boston.  She was in treatment at Mass General Hospital for a rare cancer of the spine when she contracted spinal meningitis that ultimately led to her death at age 63.  Our hearts go out to Dan and his two sons, Jonathan and Ethan on this profound loss.

Remember, one can only know what one is capable of loving. There is no wisdom without love. —Elif Shafak

 ‘Beyond Measure’ this Sunday, September 11 at 5:00 pm.  ““The most powerful film…in many ears about what’s needed and possible in American education.”

Edutopia, George Lucas Education Foundation.  Continue to encourage friends to join you this Sunday for this important opportunity to initiate a change in creating healthy educational expectations for our children.  Director Vicki Abeles will attend and speak.  Elana postponed our September First Friday Films so that Beyond Measure could be our focus for this month.  Our Peace Education Committee urges you to attend.  We have a chance to improve the lives of our children and families – let’s exercise it!

Confirmation begins on September 18.  Confirmands are usually students in 8th – 12th grades. Parens who are interested should contact me with any questions you may have.

Homecoming Sunday and our next Family Service are on Sunday, September 18 at 10 am.  Join in and catch up with all the friends you’ve missed over the summer months.

Condolences from Muthupei, Mudzunga and friends in Lwamondo Parish have been sent to me and they will come to you in a separate mailing.  This is another sign of the gift  of our Partnerships with Laurel Galan in Nicaragua and Lwamondo Parish in South Africa.  For these friends touch our hearts, deepen our faith, and helped us to mutually grow in our understanding  of solidarity in creating a more peaceful and compassionate world community.  As Archbishop Romero said, “Peace is a product of justice, but justice is not enough. Love is necessary, the love that makes us feel that we are brothers and sisters is properly what makes for true peace.”

Please keep in your prayers:  Jim Foote, the Goldblatt and Strawn families, Lois’ son Brian, Linda Benatar, Irene Heinemeier, Mike on the death of Karen, those who are soon to give birth – Amanda and Kelly.

Sing-Along at Sunrise Assisted Living, Wednesday, September 14 at 3:30 pm.

St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival – October 2 from Noon – 2 pm!  If you have Silent Auction items to donate they will be appreciated.  Contact Greg Grebe if you can assist.

Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins. —Maya Angelou

Blessings,  Pr. Steve