Pastor’s Weekly Message: 02.24.17

Grace Waves

Friends:

Love your enemies, bless those who curse you.”  Jesus, Sermon on the Mount.  (This was our Epiphany Wisdom text for last Sunday.)  Therefore —Jesus has promised us the Holy Spirit:  it is the Spirit who teaches us from within, from our hearts how to pray ‘Abba/Imma’ and how to say ‘our’.  Today we ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to pray ‘Abba/Imma’ and to be able to say ‘our’ — and thus make peace with all our enemies.  —Pope Francis

The Sermon on the Mount is found in Matthew chapters 5 – 7.  It is immediately after teaching his disciples to love our enemies that Jesus teaches us how to pray the Lord’s Prayer the strength we need for grounding and to become humane people transformed by compassion.  Grace upon grace and wisdom upon wisdom.
This Sunday we celebrate the Transfiguration as the focus of our Family Service.  We also celebrate the Baptism of Lillian who starred as Baby Jesus in our Christmas Story!  An experience of pure joy awaits you.
Astrid Malvre’s Memorial Service will be this Saturday at 11 am.  Maili and Kersti invite the members of Peace to attend.
Ash Wednesday, the initiation of Lent, begins with worship on Wednesday, March 1 with worship from 7 – 8 pm.  Join in this liturgy which births the Springtime of Transformation within and among us.
Please keep in your prayers:  Alan and Monica Laurlund on the death of his mother Sonia, Nik, Nette, Teresa, George Perko on the death of his mother, Brian Turner, Maili and Kersti, Brian McGee, Gun, Nancy, Renee’s mother, Sue Shuffield, Marshall, Bob, Rob, Marlene and Fred, Ralph, David, Ed Klitsch, Ann who mourns the death of Keith, the families and children who live under threats of intimidation and deportation.
See if you notice anything new in our Gathering Hall this Sunday.
Taize Meditation Services:  Our Lenten Wednesday evening gatherings will be at San Damiano Retreat Center this year where Gary and other musicians and singers from Peace will be leading Taize chants an prayers.  These are utterly beautiful liturgies of simple chant, scripture, stillness, and time for centering prayer.  Carpool arrangements from Peace will be organized.
FFF March 3, 2017 6:30 pm – Finding Dory (2016)
A Regal blue-tang named Dory is separated from her parents as a child. While growing up she tries to find them but gradually forgets them due to her short-term memory loss disability. She accidentally runs into Marlin, a clownfish who is looking for his missing son and joins him on his journey. The underwater world they explore is fascinating. People associate short-term memory loss with aging, but it can happen at any age. Run time 97 min.; rated PG.
Jazz Church West – The Saxophonistas a Woman’s Sax Quartet lead by Mad Duranon will play as part of an All Woman Band performing All Women’s Compositions in honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 5 at 5 pm!   Save the date NOW – do not miss this!  The idea for the Saxophonistas was inspired by our own Ed Klitsch!
The SF Gay and Lesbian Band performs at Peace on Sunday, March 26 at 4 pm. Spread the word – invite your friends to this cool concert.  Your presence will another way to let Gary know you love him….because this wouldn’t be happening without his loving efforts!
Peace will host the Bishop’s Chrism Mass for our local Conference Clergy on March 9.
Are not the Blossoms and Daffodils delicate reminders of the preciousness of all life!
Transfiguration Blessings,
Pr. Steve