Grace Waves 01.10.2018

Friends:

“Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statues are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages personhood. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority, and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. So racism is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, but it is morally wrong and sinful.” Martin Luther King

** We believe in the separation of church and hate!

** We remember the vision and work of Dr. King this Sunday as we discern its meaning for our times. You may wish to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book “Between the World and Me” in preparation for worship.

** The Memorial Service for Christina Berg will be this Sunday, January 14th,  at 2:30 pm.

** Shifting our Perspective: A classic study has suggested that the constant use of personal pronouns leads to a greater risk of heart attack. In a multicenter prospective study of coronary heart disease, health researcher Larry Scherwitz found that people who more frequently said, I, Me or Mine had a higher risk of having a heart attack and had a higher risk of their heart attack being fatal. Scherwitz found that this so-called “self-involvement” was a better predictor of death than smoking, high cholesterol levels, or high blood pressure. A more recent study conducted by research Johannes Zimmerman found that people who more often use first-person singular words — I and me — are more likely to be depressed than people who more often use first-person plural — we and us. This is interesting evidence that being too self-regarding really does make us unhappy. (The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama & Bishop Tutu)

** Please keep in your prayers: Goran and family on the death of Christina, Linda and Don, Heidi, Danny, Dennis, Sue, Ed, Rich and Rose on the death of Lee, Mike’s dad, Spoon, Gun, Marshall, Michael – Kathy’s brother, Pr. John, Mom Nieman, the families of the newly baptized, children in need, those left out in the cold.

“We must be still and still moving, into another intensity, a further union and a deeper communion with life.” TS Elliot

Epiphany blessings as we journey into God’s Wisdom,
Pr. Steve

2018 Grace Waves – Pastor’s Blog 01.03.2018

Friends:

“They tried to bury us.  They forgot we are seeds.”  Mexican Proverb from Pr. Lucy’s sermon

“Sweet Little Jesus Boy……we didn’t know who you was.”  Spiritual sung last Sunday.

 

** In need of Wisdom….you are in luck!  The Wise Ones arrive this Sunday for Epiphany.  More precious than gold, sweeter than honey, source of the ages and yet wisdom is so often overlooked and dismissed.  We just didn’t know who you was.

** Baptism Congratulations to Lauren and Alex on the baptism of Asher; to Erin and Jeff on the baptism of Tanner; and to Alexis and Amir on the baptism of Eaden!  What an exquisite first week of Christmas we celebrated with Baby Jesus.

Christmas Riches overflowed! 

Our Family Service brought a special choir, Noah solo drumming then joined by numerous drummers, Angel Julia flying, Mother Mary/Alex and Joseph/Luke wandering searching for a home in our hearts, Shepherd Evan herding all the animals, Angels Sydney and Ridley delighting the heavens, Wise Ones Patrick and Madison seeking, children blessing and leading communion, Elizabeth singing.

Candlelight and Communion was lead by John and Mary Ellen, Drew shared his special composition Prayer, stillness, quiet and peace.

Christmas Day began with bells, the Peace Quartet, the Choi Family guests from around the world and a delicious brunch.

It was a blessing to be at Peace.

** Please keep in your prayers:  Goran and family on the death of Christina, Linda and Don, Heidi, Danny, Dennis, Sue, Ed, Rich and Rose on the death of Lee, Mike’s dad, Spoon, Gun, Marshall, Michael – Kathy’s brother, Pr. John, the families of the newly baptized, Mark as he journeys to Spain for a semester, children in need, those left out in the cold.

** The Jazz Church West welcomes the Erik Jekabsen Quintet this Sunday.  This will be an extra dose of wisdom and clarity to launch your New Year.

Epiphany Blessings,

Pr. Steve