Grace Waves – Pastor’s Blog 01.25.18

Friends:

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.

Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.

Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.

 

Do your work, then stop.

The only path to serenity.

Tao te Ching

Our Sanctuary Forum – Conversation with an Immigrant Family was profound and well attended.  We keep in our prayers those families impacted and torn apart, our decision making process at Peace, and those who are responsible for creating just policies.

We believe in the separation of church and hate!

** Last Friday Films – ‘Happy” this Friday:  Join us in the Gathering Hall for a full-on roast chicken dinner (roast potatoes, onions, green salad, dessert) from Chef Kenny at 6:30, film at 7:30. The documentary “Happy” was commissioned after a NY Times article rated the US as 23rd on the list of happiest places on the planet. How do you define happiness?  We will travel around the world discovering how people in 14 countries answer that question. The Huffington Post says, “It brings … a wealth of scientific, empirical, and national research on happiness and delivers it in a documentary-type format so mesmerizing you’ll be recommending it before you get halfway through.” Run time 73 minutes; unrated.

Our next Family Service will be on February 11.  Immediately following the service we will have our Annual Meeting.  The agenda appears quite brief.

During the Spring Months of 2018 we will begin to celebrate the 60th Anniversary Year of Peace!  Lots to learn and enjoy from our history to the present.

Please keep in your prayers Mary Calhoun, Brian, Linda Britt, Goran and family, Leema’s family on the death of her sister, Ed’s father, Ruth and family on the death of Bill Lesher, Naftali, Sue, Spoon, Johnny’s mom, Mike’s dad, Danny, Ed, Dennis, Liz, Marshall.

Our poet/prisoner friend Spoon Jackson has been moved to the Solano Prison in Vacaville.  Surprising circumstances have made his release a possibility.  Please keep his release process in your prayers.

“Human beings are members of a whole; in creation of one essence and soul.

If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain.

If you have no sympathy for human pain, the name of human you cannot retain.”

(Farsi poet Saadi, 1210 – 1291)

Epiphany Blessings,

Pr. Steve

Grace Waves 01.17.18

Friends:

“I never intend to become adjusted to bigotry.  I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.  I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism or to the self-defeating effects of physical violence.  In other words, I’m convinced now that there is a need for a new organization in our world:  The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment.  – Martin Luther King

Thanks to the Peace Singers and Teresa Stroin for special music this past MLK Sunday.  It’s amazing how open our hearts can become when they are touched.

Immigration Story – Forum:  This Sunday we will get to hear the lived experience of a person who has been living inside of immigrant realities for a while.  Please honor our special guest with your presence as we continue to discern the meaning of Sanctuary for our time.

The Memorial Service for Christina Berg was a powerful event.  So many friends from different circles of life, the 17 member Sycamore Chamber Orchestra was incredible, the presence of the Swedish Community was delightful and leadership by Rev. Louise and Rev. Margareta so graceful.  We are blessed in life and death.

** Please keep in your prayers: Goran and family, 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,  Eric and Julia Nieman, the families of the newly baptized, children in need, those left out in the cold.

“Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne;

Yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the dim unknown,

Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch over God’s own.”

 

Blessed Epiphany – may this be a season of wisdom and light for us all,

Pr. Steve

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