Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 04.01.20

Friends:

“S/He who learns must suffer.  And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.” — Aeschylus

“By waiting and by calm you shall be saved,  in quiet and in trust your strength lies.”  Isaiah 30: 15

HOLY WEEK begins this Sunday with Palm Sunday.  Special video worship experiences are being prepared for you throughout the week.  Decide what Intention you will choose to focus on for Holy Week.  What do you want to learn?  What do you want to appreciate?  What do you want to practice?  Who/what do you want to be with for a week?  What do you want to pray for a week?  Your Intention will sharpen and strengthen your clarity to experience a Holy Week like you have never experienced before!

Abba/Imma Qiqong Lord’s Prayer link will be coming to you with this week’s homily.

Many people continue to Walk our Labyrinth and stroll through Ken and Austin’s Courtyard Garden.  Both are literally life saving right now.  And of course our Healing Mandala is resting in the Peace Mosaic.

Please keep in your prayers:  Melanie Hobden recovering from surgery, Betty and Bob – quarantined for the time being; Bob Worthington – recovering from a stroke; all the people of Peace who are experiencing isolation as harsh; those who are separated from their families, those who have recently died; health workers – Jessica, Kylie and many others; for those without food at this time; all who are making special creative efforts like making masks; Alan Laurlund whose work is designing/expanding current and new hospitals; and for the most vulnerable – refugees, immigrants, children on the border who will face the corona virus soon.

The Peace Council is examining our financial picture at Peace and discerning how we will best make it through this time.  If you are able to continue contributing at this time your gifts are most appreciated!  Council financial recommendations will be coming to you in the near future.

Our calling: To see the World through the Cross; To see Life through the eyes of God; To see one another through the compassion of Christ.

Jubilee USA Network: We are sharing some good news amidst these trying times.
We have won 3 Campaigns due to our coronavirus education: 

  •  Moments ago the IMF agreed to our proposal to expand debt relief, as the coronavirus spreads, to the world’s poorest countries to bolster healthcare
  • The IMF just announced it will double its capacity to do below market-rate lending to all countries to prevent financial crisis in the face of the coronavirus
  • On Wednesday, after two years of work, the IMF supported the plan to reduce Somalia’s debt from $5 billion to $577 million

“Are there not 12 hours in the day?

No one who walks in the daytime stumbles,

having the light of this world to see by;

anyone who walks around at night stumbles,

having no light as a guide.”   Jesus / John11: 10

You will receive our Palm Sunday Liturgy initiating Holy Week at 9:45 on Sunday morning Feel free to forward to friends.  Thanks to Gary for producing, Elizabeth for singing and Kari for transmitting!

Our online services will be available to view via the website on Friday afternoon, and will be posted to Facebook along with the 9:45 email on Sunday morning. The homily will remain on the website through the week.

  • COMPLETE THE CENSUS TODAY!
  • No, this is not an April Fool’s Day prank. Today is National Census Day!
  • In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is encouraging the public to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census online.
  • Why does responding to the 2020 U.S. Census matter so much? Because: the census helps determine where funding goes, and how much funding communities get. 
  • Filling out the 2020 U.S. Census online is fast and easy—no more than 10 minutes.
  • So, can we count on you to get counted?
  • Wash your hands and get those keys clicking!
TAKE THE CENSUS NOW

Blessed Holy Week, 

Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 03.25.20

Friends – Here is the Christ Icon I promised.  It resides at St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai and is the oldest Christian Icon at 1500 years old.  Gaze on this image and allow it to speak quietly to you.

“How lonely sits the city that once was full of people!

She who was once great among the nations has become destitute.

  She weeps bitterly in the night, tears streaming down, with no one to comfort her.

  She finds no resting place.

The roads to Mt.Zion mourn for no one comes to the festivals!

  All her gates are desolate and her priests mourn;

  The young people grieve and find life bitter.”

From the Book of Lamentations composed at the time of the Babylonion Exile, 587BCE)

Worship last Sunday, March 22 — Shelter in Peace

Altar sitting like a mountain whispered wisdom

Candles longed for the children’s light

Processional Cross mute but not silent

Fence crying in anguish for all who found themselves behind the fence

Gong bellowing “Alertness!’

After nearly 3 billion years on planet Earth our Vishnu Schist…. just sat there.

The Kairos Tree of Life kept blossoming

Chalice spilled overflowing compassion

Light Globe illuminated the truth we are all refugees

Art exhibit probed “Do you really see what’s happening?”

Incense billowed healing prayers.

Piano and organ searched for our voices and hearts

Sanctuary longed for its friends………you were missed and present.

Shopping cart beeped – Declutter.

Saints and mystics hovered in cosmic communion

Singing Bowl sang of sweet peace.

   And neighbors strolled our courtyard Spring Garden.

Texts for Sunday, March 29 — Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37: 1 -14  The Dry Bones– you’ve got to read this!

Psalm 130 — “Out of the Depths have I cried to you O Lord”  (See if you can find Mahalia Jackson singing this)

Romans 8: 6 – 11

Gospel  John 11: 1 – 45   The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead

Instructions for tuning into Worship at Peace at 10 am on Sunday will be sent to you on Friday.

Abba/Imma Qiqong Lord’s Prayer:  Always wanted to learn this?  Now you have the time.  Kaleo, Elise and I offer you this Link: www.kaleoching.com/videos.html

Keep in your prayers:  Betty, Bob, Jose, Howard, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Elders who are at risk, hospital workers, medical researchers, those in authority who are leading with clarity and courage; the vulnerable populations of homeless and impoverished people  including those on the border and in Refugee Camps around the world who will soon be hard hit.

As everywhere else, our Spring recitals have been cancelled. However, Kari has negotiated with about a dozen teachers who have agreed to postpone their events until later in the year. Two events, the Monte Vista Choir two day recital and the Pure Delight concert in May cannot be rescheduled.

March 24 marked the 40 Anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Romero of El Salvador who was killed for speaking out for the campesinos of his country in 1980.  Over the centuries the Church has marked the death days of Martyrs as their Birth days into a Resurrected Life.  I’ll send you a Reflection of his on Friday.

Bonnie Lewis a former member of Peace and an avid seamstress has sent her instructions for handmade Masks to be used during the crisis. (Disturbing that our US government does not have the resources to meet this pandemic.)   Here her website: www.commonsewing.com and when you look on her Blog you’ll find the instructions.  Bonnie, thank you! 

Let me our Members of our Peace Council know if you need assistance with anything on your homefront.

Psalm 23 – the appointed psalm for this week.  Savor this translation.

The Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need.

God makes me lie down in green pastures…..leads me beside calm waters;

 refreshes my soul.

 God guides me on paths of righteousness,

    so that I may serve life with love.

Though I walk through the darkest valley

  or stand in the shadow of death,

   I am not afraid for I know you are with me.

You spread a full table before me,

  even in times of great pain;

you feast me with your abundance

  and honor me like royalty.

anointing my head with sweet oil and filling my cup to the brim.

Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life;

and I will live in God’s radiance forever an ever.

Praise to the God who is, Praise to the God who was,

Praise to the God who is to come for ages unending.  Amen

Lenten strength, healing and blessings,

Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 03.18.20

Friends:

“For now our lives lie hidden with Christ.” St. Paul

We take Refuge in God who is the Source, Vitality, Creativity and Completion of our lives.  

What a joy to celebrate with the early communion class:  Noah, Skye, Rosemary, and Adam! And celebrate the baptism of Declan Harms!  The kids baked the bread for Sunday’s Eucharist (picture) and sang Children of Our Heavenly Father, and sounded the gong for this memorable occasion!

Our office will be closed until April 7th.  Check your email for updates.  All email messages and phone calls will be read and returned twice per week.  Steve and Kari will be working remotely to keep in touch with all of you!  We will be including recordings or video of past homilies on our website home page.  Check back weekly!

In the Season of Lent we are invited to slow down so we can focus/go faster toward God.  The virus is certainly prompting our DeCluttering Theme this Lent.  We are not only clearing out extras in our lives, we have a chance to clarify what really matters in our daily lives.  Below is a List for a Spiritually, Creative Practices as we Shelter in Place for the rest of this Lenten Season.

Two Notes before the List:

Worship is cancelled for the next 2 Sundays.  Various Resources are included in this Notes of Peace and they  will continue to come to you.  I will “Shelter in Peace” here on Sundays at 10 am, offering prayers for our congregation and for those in need:  Bob, Betty, Fred, Howard, Jose, and for All who are at Risk.

Second– several members of Peace have offered to run errands or do shopping for other members who would appreciate this support.  Please notify me if you need assistance!  The hardest thing is to ask!

My cell is:  925-984-1246.  Please use this number only for emergencies.

List

  • Set aside a time each day (rhythmic repetition helps) to Pray for our Community and/or meditate.  Light a candle.  Simply ‘Be in the Presence of God’.  Of course we are always in God’s Presence but this rhythmic practice allows time for us to become more aware of this truth…..as my homilies have encouraged:  we are moving from reactive to receptive mind.)
  • Read Scriptures:  John 9:  1 – 41 our text for this Sunday; John 11: 1 – 45 our text for March 29.  Read the Psalms…..all of them….you’ve got time.  This is what monks do every week!
  • Call Friends to encourage them and break through any isolation.
  • Know that our friends in Lwamondo Parish, South Africa and Laurel Galan, Nicaragua are praying for us too.  Keep them in your prayers.
  • Keep a Journal – as primitive or expansive as you wish.  What are you noticing about yourself or our times as we pass through this constricted time?  Do other life priorities begin to emerge for you?
  • You can also Paint, doodle, image things on paper with color.  Work with Mary’s suggestions:  gathering stones and/or sticks and writing on them.  Perhaps you’ll want to bring these to church when we can gather again.  What role does beauty play in your life?
  • Rest.  It’s the key to wisdom. 
  • Read The Sabbath Book by Wayne Muller.  Take to heart the variety ways we can rest, reflect and become sane.  Read any good book you’ve been putting off.
  • Write a Letter to your children, nieces and nephews and grandchildren about what you have learned that Really Matters in Life.
  • Storms are coming — sit on the porch and really enjoy them!
  • Many species of animals have become extinct in our life times.  Reflect on what this threat of extinction feels like to you.  And what if nobody cared?
  • Listen to music – a whole symphony or album.
  • Rest.  And remember we do not live by bread alone.

Lenten Blessings, 

Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 3.11.2020

Friends:

“The soul’s center is God.  God is one with all.  Hence, with God as our center, we are one with all.”  ~St. John of the Cross

  • This Sunday we will celebrate the Children of our Early Communion Class who have been learning all the many aspects of our Eucharist and why it is central to our worship.  The kids will be baking our Eucharist Bread!  Grandparents and Godparents will be present.  It will be a joyful celebration.
  • Adding to the joy our grandson Declan Harms will be Baptized this Sunday.  His Godparents Elias and Kelly have arrived from Montana. Bev and I are happy we get to celebrate Declan’s Baptism with all of you!  Expect wonderful worship.
  • Our thanks to Pr. Lucy for her insightful comments and poetry on International Women’s Day!
  • And thanks to Spencer and his family for providing our Hospitality foods.
  • Mary Lacasse invites you this Sunday during Forum to create marker moments in your life with sticks, stones or leaves as you De-clutter your Life!  Beep, beep, beep!
  • Our New Member Dinner is happening on Saturday at 5:00 pm at Peace.  Ken is blessing us with another feast!
  • Our Peace Council meets next Monday evening at 7 pm.
  • Walk the Labyrinth during Lent – another marvelous way to declutter your life!
  • Keep in your prayers:  Jose, Betty, Bob, Heather, those with the corona virus, Kelly on the death of Harry, those who pray for us.
  • Compassionate Storytelling Workshop – Saturday, March 28 from 1:30 – 4:00 pm at Peace.  Come build interfaith bridges of understanding with our friends.
  • Reactive or Receptive Mind this week???
  • RAIN
    • R – Recognize/
    • A – Accept/
    • I – Investigate with Kindness/ 
    • N – Non-identification with the results.

Lenten blessings, 

Pr. Steve

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

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 02.26.2020

Friends:

“God is that person pushing the shopping cart and going through your garbage. Sometimes we don’t want him to go through our garbage, but he tells us that he wants to. That’s how it is, I think.
God holds our garbage and recycles it into love.” (One of the homies working with Fr. Boyle in LA)

Ash Wednesday Service this evening begins at 7:00 pm. The Season of Lent begins.

Our Forum this Sunday will share 2 Videos: “What’s happening to Children and Immigrants on our Border” and highlights from the “Children’s Concert”.

The Mardi Gras Celebration was an evening of joy and relaxation. Gratitude for a tasty evening – thanks Ken – and a community with good taste!

The Compassionate Storytelling Workshop with Maggid Jim Brule is this Saturday from 9 – 3. Jim is travelling all the way from Syracuse, New York to share with us the delights and significance of storytelling. A rare and blessed opportunity to deepen our appreciation of life with our interfaith friends and School District faculty and administrators. We are here to build bridges not walls and you are needed!

Our next New Member Dinner is on Saturday, March 14 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. We are grateful for the new friends joining Peace these days.

The Disaster Preparedness Committee reminds you that March 4 is the deadline for ordering Water Canisters and fire extinguishers. The website is: www.lamorindacert.org. We will organize a pick up for Peace Members on March 13 and/or 14.

Our Heart of the Matter/Hearts on the Border Concert was moving. Hope was actually stirred in our hearts. Interplay Performers, The Orpheus Ensemble – Bruce Silverman and Renee Benmeleh, Amar and Sahib-Amar, Robert Hamaker, Soyinka, Dr. Ellen and Gary, and Rev. Deborah Lee of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity gave us profound experiences of grace. And Thais’ new art work reminds us the Children dare not be Forgotten! “Be A Rainbow in Somebody Else’s Cloud”   ~  Maya Angelou

Keep in your prayers: Bob Mantei, Jose, Betty Watson, Coco, The Children separated from their parents on our border, for Spiritual Nurture and Wisdom this Lenten Season.

The Jazz Church West welcomes the Kristen Strom Quartet this Sunday, March 1st,  at 5 pm. Come and experience why jazz is returning to the sanctuaries!

Friday Films!  Friday, Feb 28th ~ 6:30p:  Join us for Kenny’s roast chicken dinner at

6:30 and at 7:30 “RBG” (2018). This illuminating documentary looks at the life of trailblazer Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — including her career-defining work in gender-discrimination law — and charts her journey to becoming a justice on America’s highest court. Run time 97 min.; rated PG, parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

Super Tuesday Voting at Peace, March 3rd!
REMEMBER TO VOTE!! A reminder to set aside a bit of time next week, SuperTuesday, March 3rd, to vote!! Polling locations will be open 7:00a – 8:00p Not registered? You can register and vote same day using CONDITIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION: through Election Day you can still register and vote in person. It is a one-stop opportunity to register and cast your ballot; available at the Contra Costa County elections office, Regional Early Voting sites, and all polling places on Election Day. AND, if voting in person on March 3rd is not an option there are several Regional Early Voting locations available to vote early. Additionally, remember you can drop your completed ballot at ANY polling location (work in SF?, drop your ballot in SF!) See you at the voting booths!
RESOURCES: Vote.ca.gov one stop page with all the tools you need, including links to check your voter registration status, the Voter Information Guide, the Voter Bill of Rights, and more.
• Early Voting Locations: CaEarlyVoting.sos.ca.gov
• Voting by Mail: https://youtu.be/DjHCEBZTtCk
• Voting for U.S President: HowToVoteForPresident.sos.ca.gov
• Find Your Polling Place or Vote Center on Election Day
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/ Peace is a Polling Precinct next Tuesday. Here are details you may want to know:

Lenten blessings,
Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 02.21.2020

Friends:

TOMORROW, Sat Feb 22:  4:00p  Fat Tuesday on Saturday!  join us for another wonderful fellowship meal prepared by our own Chef Ken!

 

 

Sunday, Feb 23:  5:00p ~ Heart of the Matter concert benefitting Al Otro Lado (social justice services).

Pick up your Contribution Stmts this Sunday! Remaining statements will be mailed during the week.

Ash Wednesday Service: Wednesday Feb 26th, 7:00p

REMINDER: March 4th is the deadline date for ordering water canisters and fire extinguishers. The website is www.lamorindacert.org. All orders need to be collected in Moraga on either March 13th or 14th.

Friday Films: Friday, February 28th ~ 6:30p Dinner followed by film RBG at 7:30p. Illuminating documentary looking at the life of trailblazer Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Jazz Church West: Sunday, March 1 ~ 5:00p with Kristen Strom!

Peace will be a voting location on Tuesday, March 3… Gathering hall unavailable 6:00am — 8:00pm.

Save the Date:
2/29 – Compassionate Storytelling Workshop
3/14 – New Member Dinner

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves Feb 14, 2020

Friends:

“What does G_d want? Cease perverting justice and set the oppressed free. Then your light will blaze like the dawn and your wounds will be quickly healed.” Isaiah 58

Contribution Statements:  Will be available for pick up this Sunday, Feb 19th.  If you aren’t able to make it on Sunday statements will be in the mail on Tuesday.

Mardi Gras Party – Saturday, February 22 at 4:00 pm: 30 People have already signed up! Won’t you please join in this festive evening? Ken is cooking. Masks are optional but welcomed.

 

 

Prayers from the Early Communion Class Children:  Lord Jesus I pray for Dot, my fish who died / for those who need more friends and help and fun / for my grandma who is having trouble walking / for my friend who is sad.

Heart of the Matter Fundraising Concert – Sunday Feb 23, 5:00p.  Our hearts are broken! We face a humanitarian crisis: Children held in subhuman conditions, living in filth, devoid of comfort, longing to be reunited with their families. Featuring: Orpheus Community Drumming Ensemble—Bruce Silverman, Renee Benmeleh; Body Wisdom Improvisation—Cynthia Winton Henry; 
Jeanie Locklear & Robert Hamaker/ Gary Sponholtz / Amar & Sahib-Amar Khalsa; Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.  Join us for the sake of the children ~ for the sake of our hearts and souls.

“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

 

 

 

Compassionate Storytelling with Jim Brule  Saturday, Feb 29th, 9:00-4:00p

 

 

 

March 4 is the Deadline for ordering Water Canisters and fire extinguishers. The website is www.lamorindacert.org. All orders need to be collected in Moraga on either March 13th or 14th which members of Peace will coordinate. From Disaster Preparedness Co-Chairs Philippa and Austin

Jazz Church West: Several members from Peace in the audience ascended to the heavens while listening to the Lorca Hart Trio on Sunday evening. They said they would be back but I am not quite sure when. Peace – it’s more than a place, it’s an experience!

Epiphany Light,
Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog/Grace Waves 02.05.20

Friends:

“What does it profit a person to gain/game the whole world and lose your soul?”  Jesus

The Early Communion Class meets this Saturday, February 8 from 4 – 6 pm

Jazz Church West, Sunday Feb 9th, 5:00p – the Lorca Hart Organ Trio!

Candlemas Gifts:  Thanks to those who contributed to our newly initiated Special Fund to provide candles for our Light Globe.  You may still contribute this next Sunday as well.

Thanks to all who contributed their insights from Fr. G’s “Tattoo Talk”  to our homily last Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi Gras Party – Saturday, February 22!

Be sure to read the Annual Report from our Peace Council.  It will amaze and delight you with the Spirit’s Surprises and our accomplishments during 2019.  (Copies are available at church or online.)  And there is no need to hesitate when it comes to Thanking the Officers and Deacons of our Peace Council for their efforts, constancy and diligence!

How wonderful that we have established the Interfaith Deacon position on our Church Council.  Welcome to Barry Mcavoy who will be the first to serve in this role.  Barry welcomes your ideas and suggestions.

Please keep in your prayers:  Betty, Bob, Denise, Maili, the homies and homegirls who work with Fr. Boyle, Heather, Ed, children in detention on our border, members of the Senate and House.

The Heart of the Matter – Concert benefitting legal services for Children at the Border:  Sunday, Feb 23  ~  5:00p

This week is the  third anniversary of the First Refugee and Travel Ban, as well as the one-year anniversary of the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP) policy that closes our doors to asylum seekers and forces them to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexico. The administration continues to repeatedly attack refugees, asylum seekers and our Muslim neighbors, prolonging family separation, undermining our moral and legal obligations to the most vulnerable and discriminating against people based on their faith or nationality.    

Support the NO BAN Act (S.1123 / H.R.2214) which will protect our Muslim and Refugee Neighbors.  (From the ELCA Advocacy Bulletin)  

“The one thing our Founding Fathers failed to envision is that one of the Co-equal Branches of Government would voluntarily give up its authority.”  Steve Schmidt, Campaign Chair for John McCain’s Presidential Campaign.

The ignorant say to themselves,

“All things are accidental, there is no justice on earth, and after death there is nothing.”

They think that they know; their minds move only on the surface of things.

They don’t perceive the deep patterns or understand who they are.

Thus, they slip into selfishness or slide down into despair.  ~Psalm 53

Did you know???  Sunday, 02.02.2020, was a perfect palindrome???  Not only for the US date format, but also for any date format in the world?!?!?  It’s been 903 years since the last occurrence!

Epiphany blessings,

Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 01.29.20

Friends,

“Even if you are only a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.”    ~Gandhi (assassinated on January 30, 1948)

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held this Sunday, February 2 after worship.  (It will conclude long before the Super Bowl.)

Our Early Communion Class meets next on Saturday, February 8 from 4 – 6 pm.

We celebrate our Partnership with Lwamondo Parish in South Africa this Sunday!

Friday Films: Happy! Friday Jan 31: 6:30p Dinner, 7:30p Film ~ Back by popular demand… How do most people define happiness? A NY Times article listed the US as the 23rd happiest country in the world. Hollywood director Tom Shadyac (Liar Liar, Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty) read it and asked Academy Award nominated filmmaker Roko Belic to make a documentary about happiness. It combines cutting-edge science with real-life stories and takes us on a kind of cultural travelogue on the happiness trail through 14 countries. Join us for one of Kenny’s roast chicken dinners at 6:30, film at 7:30. Run time 73 minutes; unrated.

Jazz Church West – Second Sunday Feb 9, 5:00p with the Glen Pearson Quartet

Keep in your prayers:  Heather, Olavi, Bob, Ed, Betty, Mary, Janet and Nancy, the children in our Early Communion Class, gratitude for the Peace Council and all who work to sustain and inspire Peace, for the Uighers detained in mass incarceration in China, for Lwamondo Parish, for those participating in the mass protests of India, for the leaders of our government in this time of important deliberation.

Hesburgh (the film); Sunday, February 9 at 1 pm at St. Perpetua in Lafayette:
The Hesburgh film chronicles the life of “One ordinary man. One extraordinary life”: The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. – long-time president of the University of Notre Dame.
“Hesburgh offers a unique glimpse at more than fifty years of American history. Educator, civil rights champion, advisor to presidents, envoy to popes, theologian and activist, Hesburgh was called on by countless world leaders to tackle the most challenging issues of the day. Through it all, he remained a man armed with a fierce intelligence, a quick wit and an unyielding moral compass – a timeless example of bipartisan leadership that would serve us in today’s increasingly polarized times.”
A post-film discussion will be facilitated by Notre Dame alumni Alameda County Superior Court judge David Krashna.

The Ancient Prayer of our Jewish and Christian Ancestors:  “Holy One may your wisdom rule on earth as in heaven; may your enemies and those who hate the people of G-d be cast down….and healed; and may the new age dawn speedily and soon, in our time and in our days.”  Amen

Epiphany Blessings,

Pr. Steve