Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 3.4.20

Friends:

‘Any talk of God that doesn’t comfort people is a lie.”  Teresa of Avila

TIME CHANGE: Spring Forward, Saturday night…. move your clocks ahead one hour and go to bed early! (Photo credit: Linda Elsdon)

Make Space for God:  Our Lenten Theme was memorably initiated with Mary’s Shopping Cart, insights on the value of garbage, De-cluttering and ‘Beep, beep,beep!”  Clearing our log-jammed inner eye is all you need to allow to happen this Lent. The series continues this Sunday.

Upcoming Forums

  • March 8 – Walking the Labyrinth…….making space for grace.
  • March 22 – Evolving Consciousness with Roger Corneliusen
  • March 29 – Healing/Transforming Compassion with Jim Gunshinan

The Early Communion Class will have its culminating Celebration on March 15.  All Godparents and Grandparents are invited!

Midweek Lenten Series:  Join us for the Taize Services at 7 pm at San Damiano.  Our own Gary Sponholtz leads these gatherings of chant, stillness, and scripture; and will  incorporate  local artists in these beautiful prayer services.

Read Bill Carmel’s blog about our current Bill DeMichele Art Exhibit at Peace: The Art of Bill DiMichele: Cross Section of a Moment  There have been nearly 1,000 hits already!

Our next New Member Dinner is on Saturday, March 14 at 4:30 pm.  Ken cooks and it is a wonderful occasion to meet new and old members of Peace.

Today is the last day to order your Water Canisters!  The Disaster Preparedness Committee will figure out pick up and delivery on March 13 and/or 14.

Keep in your prayers:  Heather, Bob, Jose, Betty, Don, the Early Communion Class, the million Uigher Muslims incarcerated in China, the Lakota people of Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations.

The Heart of the Matter Concert raised $3,000 for Al Otro Lado to assist and free the Children detained on our Border!

We now have Venmo and Paypal services available for Sunday giving and all of the public events at Peace. Do you have the app on your phone?

Our Compassionate Storytelling Workshop with Maggid Jim Brule was a profound gift to our interfaith community.  Only when we share and hear the stories of each other can we begin to understand and begin to dissolve the fear of the Other.  The Gospel calls us to lives of reconciliation — we are here to build bridges not walls.

The Jazz Church West brought another stellar evening into existence. Kristen Strom’s Quartet delved into the Border Song for Children, drove us into the depths with the Pat Metheny piece that followed, and enlightened us with ‘Blackbird Singing in the Night.’.   We are grateful to host America’s original art form!

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.  You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”  ~Maya Angelou

Lenten Blessings, Pr. Steve

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