Pastor’s Weekly Message: 01.19.17

Grace Waves

Friends:

Holy One of Compassion, in this world wounded by injustice and ignorance give our religious and political leaders of courage and vision.  Dedicate them to the common good.  May we as global peacemakers partner with them in creating a world built on respect, reverence, humility and responsibility—a culture of peace that reflects your presence.

 Our Family Service this Sunday will be a celebration of children and prayer.  Please invite friends and new families to join you.  Looks like rain….count on it raining grace in the sanctuary!

The Peace Council will have our Quarterly Retreat after worship this Sunday too.  Our Annual Congregational Meeting will follow worship on February 5.

Several women from Peace plan to attend the Women’s March in Walnut Creek this Saturday.  We plan to gather between 10:00-10:30 at Civic Park.  The website states: The Women’s March is a national movement for women, men, and children who stand for human rights, civil liberties, diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity.  We march to support and inspire each other and the nation to celebrate, honor and protect our diversity, freedom and human rights.  We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion.  This is a non-partisan march.  We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally, on January 21, 2017, to stand together in justice, respect and inclusion for all.  (For further info:  Women’s March-Walnut Creek/Contra Costa Facebook page.  (Speak with Arlene or Linda.)

Ceil Mccloy (Ceilmccloy@aol.com) invites those who wish to participate in the Oakland March to carpool with her.

Our own Elizabeth Hunter Ashley will be the Soloist for 2 upcoming concerts with The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: February 4, 2:00 pm @ El Campanile Theatre in Antioch; and February 5, 2:00 pm in the Hoffman Theater @ the Lesher Regional Center in Walnut Creek. Check out this link for details – http://contracostachamberorchestra.org/concerts-events/

The Wound of Racism:  “Mother Emanuel” African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, SC was the site of the murder of nine members of that congregation in 2015 at the hands of Dylan Roof, who is a member of an ELCA congregation in Charleston.  Two of the pastors of that church who were murdered, The Rev. Clementa Pinckney and The Rev. Daniel Simmons, who were graduates of the ELCA’s Lutheran Southern Seminary. As Presiding Bishop Eaton so movingly pointed out at the time, “One of our own is alleged to have shot and killed two who adopted us as their own.” Mercy, mercy, mercy.  (To better understand the dynamics of racism today read “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

Please keep in your prayers: Anne on the death of husband Keith, Paige on the death of her husband,  Ruth on the death of father Bob Lesher, Maili and Kersti on the death of Astrid, my sister Rae on the death of husband Dave, Brian Turner, Renee’s mother, Nancy, Gun, Brian McGee, Margaret Bender, Kari Schoening’s father, Peter, Fred Garrity, Ed Klitsch, those looking for shelter, those who have been blessed by Dr. King, the children and families of Aleppo, our Confirmands (who meet this Sunday), to live lives of grace upon grace upon grace.

Our thanks to Karin and John Shepanek for their donation of fine office desks and furniture!

Psalm 15

Lord, who can  be trusted with power,
and who may act in your place?
Those with a passion for justice,
who speak the truth from their hearts;
who have let go of selfish interests
and grown beyond their own lives;
who see the wretched of the earth as their family
and the poor as their own flesh and blood.

They alone are impartial
and worthy of the people’s trust.

Their compassion lights up the whole earth!
And their kindness endures forever.

Epiphany Wisdom Blessings to you!

Pr. Steve