Friends:

“Sin, is a refusal to keep growing. ” Gregory of Nyssa

“Please join me as together we find our voice and act individually and corporately to finally and fully end this monstrously evil policy of separating families. I encourage you to pray, preach, teach and talk about these issues – as we continue in our hope to be communities of moral deliberation, prayer and advocacy. We will continue to provide information in the coming weeks for the people of our congregations and ministries to share with others. The events of the past few days clearly demonstrate that our voices and our advocacy do matter, so let us prayerfully and boldly speak and act.” Presiding (national) ELCA Bishop Eaton

 

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: There is a specific appeal being made to help support the 148 removed children LIRS is currently sheltering. If you wish to assist go their website at:  www.lirs.org

Pr. Lucy and Libby and Pr. Elizabeth attended a 2 day Conference on Sanctuary recently.  They shared highlights this past Sunday.  They have gathered materials that provide a thoughtful and rich context for understanding the dynamics and practices of our broken immigration policies and sanctuary responses.  These will be collected and made available (hopefully online) for our congregational review.

The Pure Pleasure of Summer!  What a blessed and joyful and Concert we experienced last Sunday with artists Stefan and Maria Safsten.  Their creative interpretations of art, poetry and literature were stunning.  This concert was their Thank You – prompted by their desire to ‘give back’ to Peace for our efforts and partnership in presenting numerous choral events during the last 12 years….from New York to San Francisco.  An amazing history.  Their CDs are available for purchase this Sunday.  It was pure pleasure!

Keep in your prayers:  Sloane and Merrit mourning Mary Calhoun’s death; Parker and Hailey; June, Margaret, Spoon, Marshall, Sue, Ed, Children separated from their parents; for the courage and tenacity to get at the root causes of hatred, racism and poverty.

It’s pride week!  Pride parade on Sunday  6.24  We are proud to have been supportive for 25+ years!   Never forget we helped to liberate the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band SF when they performed in Danville.  Here’s a part of their history – thank you, Gary!

If you missed Pastor John Rutsindintwarane’s presentation on organizing in Rwanda or if you’d like a copy of some photos and information he offered, please pick up a copy on the table in the Gathering Hall.    Also, if you are interested in forming a Giving Circleto help fund the organizing work, please talk with Ken B or Pastor Lucy.  What’s a giving circle?  It’s a number of folks who commit a certain amount (your choice) per month to the work and agree to get updates about what’s happening.  The money will be sent to the PICO office in Oakland to be forwarded to the Rwanda account.

LAST FRIDAY FILMS:  A Wrinkle in Time – June 29  6:30  –    The movie is different from the famous book by Madeline L’Engle its story is derived from, but still raises tween age-subjects: bullying at school, going on a quest to help someone you love, trusting your abilities, asking for help and accepting your faults. Both the book and the movie ask a big question, What is worth believing in? All you math lovers, get ready for Tesseracts!  Directed by Ava DuVernay, it stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.  Run time 109 min.; rated PG – Parental Guidance Suggested – Some material may not be suitable for children. Common Sense Media recommends age 10+; kids say 9+.

On the Illusion of Superiority

“I don’t really care.  Do you?”

“Somebody has to stand when other people are sitting. Somebody has to speak when other people are quiet.”   — Bryan Stevenson

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

Grace Waves / Pastor’s Blog 06.14.18

Friends:

“God asked:  What is this proverb I hear bandied about — ‘The father ate sour grapes ad the children’s teeth are on edge?’

Foolish, God thundered, No more of that!

No hidden idolatries, No cheating, lying, stealing; No oppression of others; No usury.

Rather this:  Feed the hungry, clothe the naked. Purpose no evil act, render just judgment.  In behavior and speech act in accord with truth.’

(Ezekiel 18)

What a joyful surprise to have a 2nd Baptism on Sunday!  Congratulations to Parker Murillo and Hailey Lepore!  And to Grandpa Dan for paying attention!!

Please complete your Survey if you’ve not done so yet.  It takes barely 10 minutes and your input is valuable.  Here is the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=Zs8aAJI5KyoV0RXsXGzxok6ybB5tBKK695TONYkmUPk_3D

Rhythm and Spirit:  Enjoy the photo below from this prayerful, spirit-stirring experience!  Thanks to John and Elizabeth!  (Drumming coming on September 22; Qiqong and World Music on November 17.)

 

 

Bill Carmel has written a marvelous review of the SFMOMA Exhibit on Magritte.  A worthy and enjoyable read.  Here is the link: https://www.danvillesanramon.com/blogs/b/art-space?i=31

Thanks to Fr. John for his presentation on PICO this past Sunday.  And thanks to the 15 people who were able to participate.  It was fascinating and profound to hear the stories of Refugees like Fr. John and Maili.  Lord have mercy on all those who must flee their homes.  For more information on PICO:  www.picointernational.org

Keep in your prayers:  Margaret Bender, June, Drew, Sue, Ed K and Ed R., Dennis, the Peace Process with North and South Korea.

The Pleasure of Summer Concert with Stefan and Maria Safsten is this Sunday, Father’s Day at 4:30 pm.  Come bask in the beauty of the day, the music and this season.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

 

Grace Waves / Pastor’s Blog 06.08.18

Friends,

As of today, only 20 surveys have been received online so we are moving the deadline to June 17.

The Peace Council has begun this process to assess our future.  We know the future depends upon the gifts and skills of those who are creating the present.

Our first step was designing a Survey for members and friends of Peace.  That process required thoughtfulness, design and several weeks of evaluation.

Your responses will help us clearly assess who we are, where we are and essential priorities.  The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

There are many ways in which people connect to Peace.

All experiences and perspectives are valuable to us because they help us to discern the best ways to connect with and nourish spiritual vitality in our lives and community.

So thank you in advance for your insights.  Since Peace is a guilt-free church you can’t make any mistakes!  SURVEY LINK:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=Zs8aAJI5KyoV0RXsXGzxok6ybB5tBKK695TONYkmUPk_3D

Memorial for Mary Calhoun will be held this Sunday, June 10;  4:00pm at the Graham Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, Pleasanton.

Paz, Pr. Steve

 

 

Grace Waves / Pastor’s Blog 06.01.18

Friends:

“Praying”

It doesn’t have to be the blue iris – it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones;

 

just pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate;

this isn’t a contest but the doorway

 

into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

(Mary Oliver)

JazzCat Celebration:  Join us for the conclusion of our 13th Jazz Season this Sunday at 5:00 pm when vocalist Clairdee will perform and we will honor Ed Klitsch for his creative endeavors throughout these years.  This is one of the coolest ministries Peace has.

Rhythm and Spirt….and Sweat your PrayersFor those who love dancing and drumming and feeling alive in your body — our next Event is Saturday, June 9TH from 4 – 6 pm!

Tanzania/Rwanda – PICO Organizing:  Fr. John Rutsindintwarane (Rwandan by birth but who grew up in a Refugee Camp in Tanzania) is in the States and would love to share the impressive work that is happening within the Church Community in his home countries.  He’ll arrive at Peace at Noon on Sunday, June 10.  We’ll have an hour’s conversation over pizza.  A few Tanzanian friends are intending to join us as well.  This will be a fine opportunity to get a global perspective on the church and justice work.

For the Pure Pleasure of Summer!  June 17, 4:30 pm Swedish artists and friends Stefan and Maria Safsten (Words of Realness, New Folsom Prison Concert and UN 70th Concerts in New York and Grace Cathedral, SF) are visiting Spoon Jackson, poet and lifer (whose release we are praying for) and friends in the Bay Area.  They offered to present a Concert at Peace for Piano and Organ – for the sheer joy of music, friendship and summer.  Delightful yes?  You are invited.  It’s an occasion to welcome summer and bathe in life’s beauty.

Goran Berg’s Sycamore Chamber Orchestra will be touring Sweden in the end of June!  What a gift to these young musicians.

Please keep in your prayers:  Margaret Bender,  Mary Bibbs and family Jose and Karen, June Jones, the family of Mary Calhoun as they mourn her death, our young people and teachers as they conclude another school season.

Greenheart exchanges seeks Volunteers Hosts for French teens: June 26 – July 24. Established in 1985, Greenheart Exchange is a nonprofit international educational exchange organization. Our mission is to promote cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace. Greenheart Exchange is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program sponsor and is currently granted full listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). All of our group students give back to their host community by participating in one or more volunteer projects.  Families with teens find this especially beneficial.

Contact Gulya for more information: gulyagehring@hotmail.com; :  925-200-8959

Gun Violence in America:  Every day 93 Americans die from gun violence.  Since Newtown, there have been over 200 School Shootings – one almost every week.  American women are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than women in other developed countries.  Moms Demand Action encourages us to participate this Saturday on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Bavarian Catholic Cardinal rebukes Premier for Ordering Crosses placed in State Buildings:  Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said directing all state buildings to hang crosses amounts to “expropriating the cross in the name of the state.” Bavarian Premier Markus Söder sparked nationwide criticism for the move.  Most of the Lutheran bishops sided with the cardinal while the council chairman at the German Protestant church federation (EKD), welcomed Söder’s order — though with a twist:  Those who hang up a cross must also take its message seriously, he told Bavarian public TV station. “This stands for human dignity, stands for charity, stands for humanity,” he said. The son of God, he added, had been tortured to death on the cross. “If we take that seriously, then we stand on the side of those who are vulnerable.”  In light of Bavaria’s resistance to chancellor Merkel’s acceptance of refugees, it’s another way to turn the tables on this new policy.  (Thanks to Karl Pfeiffer for this item.)

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 5.11.18

Friends:

“Children want to understand the spirit of religion.  They want to connect with their questions because they have an enormous curiosity about this universe….and they hope they somehow answers will come to them especially through their moms and dads and God.”  The Spiritual Life of Children by Robert Coles.

Mother’s Day Worship is this Sunday.  Bring all the Mothers you love with you to church.  And if they can’t join you – bring them in your heart.

Mother’s Day Spring Concert at 2:00 pm at Peace.  Presented by the Sycamore Chamber Orchestra and Goran Berg.  This is a fundraiser for the SCO Tour of Sweden this summer!  This is sure to be a delightful concert and such a precious way to let your mother know how much you love her!

May 20 will be Pentecost, the Third High Feast Day of the Church Year.  A wonderful celebration is planned.  And you are asked (if you have available) any clothing/ garb/ costume which conveys the ethnic/cultural roots of your family.  Hats, vests, shawls – anything and everything is welcomed!  I hope the whole congregation will be adorned in unique and intriguing garments.

Congratulations to Kim and Cam Murillo on the birth of Parker!  Of course Grandmother Barbara Ghinazzi is equally proud!

Keep in your prayers:  Margaret Bender, Spoon, Gina and Madison, Marshall, Sue, Drew, Kathy, Danny and Liz.

Thyme for TEA – a reservation for 8 (or more) has been made for SATURDAY, MAY 26 at 2:30 pm. The cost is $35.00 each and that includes tax and tip.  Notify Diane Kurtz or the Office if you wish to attend this lovely event!

Last Friday Film: “The Shape of Water” — (R rated).  Join us for this intriguing film on May 25 (Date change) with dinner at 6:30 pm.  The quality of this story is fine art and though it has an R rating it warrants being seen and reflected upon.  Therefore please note that you must be 18 to attend.

“Know that the outward form passes away
But the world of reality remains forever.
How long will you play at loving the shape of the jug?
Leave the jug; go, seek the water!”
  Rumi

 

Disaster Preparedness in CCC – May 22, 10 am – 3 pm at the Methodist Church in Lafayette.  A coalition of faith-based, non-profit and business organizations are coming together to share resources about how to help survivors and our communities in the time of a disaster.  How do we Prepare, mitigate, respond and recover?  Training and coordination is needed throughout the County.  We need one or more representatives from Peace to attend.  To register:  www.eventbrite.come/e/cccvo(On the day of a disaster volunteers will be turned away because they have no training!) Event Flyer:   2018.0522 CCC Disaster Prep

Blessings,  Pr Steve

Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 04.27.18

Friends:

“The human body is nearly 90% water.  We are basically cucumbers with anxiety.”

~~Celebrating 80!  Arlene Reed invites everyone to her 80th birthday celebration during hospitality following worship on Sunday, April 29th.  She will be providing champagne, sparkling cider, and birthday cake to the festivities.

~~National Poetry Month – April has been National Poetry month… take your favorite Poet out to lunch!

~~Sublime Seas – Bill Carmel’s article on Akomfrah at SFMOMA has been published locally.  If the intersection of social justice and art is a passion of yours, you will thoroughly enjoy this article and the Exhibit.  The link:  https://www.danvillesanramon.com/blogs/p/2018/04/16/sublime-seas.  Of course, conversation with Bill is welcomed.

~~Sanctuary: Caminando Hacia la Libertad is a 2-day convening that serves to strengthen and organize people of faith in our sanctuary work across California.  Pr. Lucy will be attending and invites others to join her.  June 1 and 2, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland.  Join us to learn tools and best practices to create moe prophetic path toward liberation.

~~Keep in your prayers: The Britt Family on the death of Don, Margaret Bender, Isaac, Sue, Ed K., Marshall, Madison soon to be baptized, Spoon, Mike’s dad, Drew, Liz, those living with grief, friends in Laurel Galan and Lwamondo Parish, for the people of Syria, for a return to the belief in and practice of truth; and pray for our Earth – that we learn to respect and care for our incredible home.

TODAY!  Last Friday Film  April 27th,
6:30p BBQ  ~   7:30p Film
The Greatest Showman (2017) is a biopic with lots of singing and dancing about the beginnings of what became the famous Barnum & Bailey CircusHugh Jackman plays P.T. Barnum who introduced folks to “the curiosities” of the world; he celebrated those called outcasts and risked everything to give them a home. Spirituality & Practice says about the film, “Blessed are the inclusive.” Rated PG, parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. Run time 1 hr. 46. min.

~~”Welcome to the Cancer Café by This one-woman piece about the courageous journey of a person dealing with an incurable cancer is a testament to the human spirit.  The piece is filled with insight, humor, depth, tenacity and soulfulness.   It is a deeply spiritual journey that inspires and up lifts.  Conversation with the writer/performer and her partner, Rabbi Chaya Gusfield, a full-time chaplain, follows.  Suggested donations are $18 and all proceeds go to the AriYael Jewish Healing Center.

~~50 Days of Prayer for Peace:  There are 50 days between Easter and Pentecost (May 20).  I invite you and friends to Pray for Peace each day for the next 50 days.  Pray for:

  • Peace in our hearts Peace in our community
  • Peace among our loved ones Peace with Korea; and
  • “May Peace prevail upon Earth”(as our Peace Pole encourages)

~~SAT  MAY 19 7:00p:  Pure Delight Concert at Peace! MOZART and More!  A special invitation to Peace Members: With your advance reservation (by April 30th) you may attend this concert for FREE!  Reserved seating for this concert requires advanced reservations.  A portion of proceeds will benefit Eden Housing.  www.pacificchoir.org

~~Jazz Church West hosts the Lorca Hart Trio on Sunday, May 6 at 5 pm.  Drums, piano and bass with a Brazilian twist.  Spread the word.

“Our mentioning of the weather is neither perfunctory nor idle.  Perhaps we have a deep and legitimate need to know what the day is like, to see it and feel it in our entire being.  I myself am a part of the weather and part of the climate and part of this place and this day.  A day in which I have not shared truly in all this is no day at all.  This day and the feel of creation is certainly a part of my life of prayer.”  Thomas Merton

Easter blessings,

Pr. Steve

Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 4.5.18

Friends:

‘Hatred is too deep a burden for anyone to carry.’  Martin Luther King (April 4 was the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination; the resurrection of his dream is still going on)

Easter was a joyful celebration with Bruce Silverman and all our drummers, Susanne on the bass, Bradley on the trumpet, Gary of course and our Peace Singers.  Mary Magdalene and the Egg, the Egg Hunt, and Egg Shakers given to our kids created eggstasy!

Easter Greetings from Mudzunga Farisani:  Peace Lutheran Church is also remembered here as well. My family in particular continues to be grateful to God that Peace Congregation was a vessel used by God during trying times. Steve, it was not fashionable to associate yourselves with the exiles but the spirit of Ubuntu which is a reflection of Christianity was behind everything. For me that was real Christian love in action. Peace friends remain in our prayers.

Boris asked after the service if there will be classical orchestras playing in heaven since I mentioned on Easter that our drumming was a taste of heaven.  I assured him my inside information guarantees there will be numerous orchestras and you won’t have to make a reservation!

“Hatred cannot drive out hatred, only love can do that.  Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”  MLK

Immigrant Advocacy:  Between April 2 and April 6, LIRS (lirs.org) is mobilizing our network of supporters to hold national leaders accountable for resettling at least 45,000 refugees in FY18 and secure a commitment from the administration to resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the year to come. And we need your help!!    There are three key ways that you can take part in this Week of Action:

  1. Advocate in Person: Organize in-district delegation visits to your members of Congress. Access LIRS talking points here.
  2. Flood the Phone Lines: Urge your congregations and communities to make phone calls to your members of Congress. Download a script!
  3. Put it in Writing: Mobilize your congregations and communities to send letters to your representatives. A sample letter can be found here.

50 Days of Prayer for Peace:  There are 50 days between Easter and Pentecost (May 20).  I invite you and friends to Pray for Peace each day for the next 50 days.  Pray for:

  • Peace in our hearts
  • Peace among our loved ones
  • Peace in our community
  • Peace with Korea; and
  • “May Peace prevail upon Earth” (as our Peace Pole encourages)

(Thanks to Pr. Lucy for this beautiful prayer suggestion)

“We must learn to love one another as brothers and sisters or we will all die.  Because the choice is no longer between nonviolence and violence, it is between nonviolence and nonexistence.” MLK

 

Whenever you see an Exit sign…Think Exodus!  From Egypt (Constriction) to Exodus (Expansion and Flourishing) This Pulsating Movement (constriction to expansion) is sown into the fabric of nature and our Cosmos; and it has become the Liberating Story of Human HistoryPassover and Resurrection!  We are called to pay attention, to enlarge our vision, appreciate the vastness of God’s self-giving love and trust the transformative energy we have received wherever we encounter constriction/darkness/oppression.  The heart of Christ’s Beloved Community  (‘malkuta’) is well formed, well focused energy, creativity and empowerment!  Malkuta is the dynamic of a lively and healthy spiritual community.  May Peace expand and flourish in this endless grace!

“When you can’t speak the truth be quiet.”

Voices of Spring with Jamie Davis, Clairdee and Kenny Washington.  The Jazz Church Wests hosts a Benefit for up and Coming Young Jazz Artists this Saturday night at 8;pm.  It is sponsored by the Unity Music Foundation.  Tickets are $25/person.  This is another way in which Peace keeps pulsating love and support into our community!

Join us for a Potluck Luncheon with Two of the Precious, Wise and Inspiring elder women featured in the book Sifting Through Gold by Mary LaCasse.                  Tuesday, April 24th     12:30 – 2:30p

Meet Sr. Dorothy and Evelyn Bennett, sharing their stories and insights in person.  RSVP to Peace Lutheran Church with your attendance and anticipated lunch delights!  Office@PeaceJourney.org or 925.648.7000

Earth Day Grounds Clean-Up:  Saturday, April 21st.   9:30 – 12:00pm  Ken invites anyone and everyone to join him in the beautification of Peace!!

Bambalela – Never Give Up!  Yetziah/Exodus – Flourish!  MLK – Malkuta/Beloved Communithy  – Rise Up!

Pr. Steve

Grace Waves / Pastor’s Blog 3.29.18

Friends:

Maundy Thursday through Easter are the 3 Most Sacred Days on the Christian calendar

Here is a Prayer found at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp.

“O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will.

But do not remember all the suffering they inflicted on us;

Remember the fruits we have bought, thanks to 

This suffering — our comradeship,

Our loyalty, our humility, our courage,

Our generosity, the greatness of heart

Which has grown out of all this; and when

They come to judgment let all the fruits

Which we have borne be their forgiveness.”

(It was found next to the body of a child.)

Holy Week Schedule

  • Thu  3.29  Maundy Thur – Seder (Pesach / Passover) at 6:30pm  Learn the origin of the Eucharist
  • Fri   3.30  Good Friday:  Contemplative Prayer 12:00 – 3:00p; Worship 7:00pm
  • Sun 4.01  EASTER!  10:00a Worship – Joyous Celebration with Drumming, trumpet, bass, choir
  • EASTER Continues:  Children’s Egg Hunt and Easter Brunch

Easter Sunday will be a Sunday rich in music and celebration.  There will be an Easter Brunch —  Suggested categories:  Egg dishes, pastries, fruit, bagels, other tasty items that you enjoy.  And of course our Egg Hunt for the children will follow our worship.  Invite friends to join and sit with you.

LIRS/Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service:  Kristy Herring from the LIRS office in Baltimore shared this story in our skype call.  Kristen Kiley sent this link to the story about the Congolese mother and daughter who were separated for 4 months when they sought asylum in the US.  It’s another Good Friday through Easter Story.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-family-separation-aclu-trump-asylum-huppke-20180316-story.html

To understand Immigrant and Refugee realities, be sure to check out the superb resources of LIRS @ www.LIRS.org

Keep in your prayers:  Olavi, Don, Danny, Drew, Dennis, Sue, Ed, Spoon, Marshall, Mike’s dad, Brian and David, Brian, children separated from their families, those living with addictions, those seeking employment and a living wage.

Why limit your celebrating to Easter morning???  Dr. John Calloway and Clave Unplugged will heal and melt your soul with the best in Latin Jazz with

Jazz Church West Sun, Apr 1 5:00pm     Only April fools will miss this!

See you at the Seder or on Easter morning.

Holy Week blessings,

Pr. Steve

Grace Waves / Pastor’s Blog 3.22.18

Friends:

“It helps now and then to step back and take the long view.  The Love of God is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision.”  This quote (continued at the bottom of my blog)  is by Archbishop Romero of El Salvador who was assassinated on March 24, 1980 while celebrating the Eucharist because he challenged oppressors and spoke in defense of the poor.  He has recently been made an official Saint by Pope Francis.

Peace as Sanctuary:  We had a marvelous skype conversation with Javier and Kristy Herring this past Sunday.  Since 1939 LIRS/Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services has been engaged in this work! Their comprehensive picture of immigration and refugee dynamics, their clear communication and the spirit in which they conveyed the realities of our vulnerable brothers and sisters has focused and galvanized our efforts here at Peace. Those present on Sunday continued in conversation for another half hour as we sought to absorb what we learned and began to discern next steps. To continue deepening our understanding of immigrant and refugee realities, please check out their website at www.lirs.org!

Elizabeth Hunter Ashley is the featured soloist with Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra on Saturday,  March 24 at El Campanile Theater in Antioch at  2 pm; and on Sunday, March 25 at Rossmoor Fireside Room, 4:00pm.  You are welcomed to attend!

Palm Sunday initiates Holy Week this Sunday at 10 am.  We will gather in the Courtyard for our Palm Procession.  Our FORUM will continue our Peace 60th Anniversary as we look at the formation and life of All Saints (one of our predecessor churches that merged to form Peace).  If you were a member of All Saints, please come and share your personal stories!

Our “Reimagining Exodus” class with author Rabbi David Zaslow was outstanding.  We will keep working with this Exodus Theme throughout our 60th Anniversary Year.

“Reimagining Exodus” has also charged our desire to celebrate another Freedom Seder this year on Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm.  Last chance to sign up will be this Sunday!  Don’t miss this extraordinary Meal of Mindfulness that teaches us to Remember Who We Are and unveils the Mystery of the Eucharist.

Easter Sunday will be a Sunday rich in music and celebration.  There will be an Easter Brunch —  Suggested categories:  Egg dishes, pastries, fruit, bagels, other tasty items that you enjoy.  And of course our Egg Hunt for the children will follow our worship.  Invite friends to join and sit with you.

The Monte Vista Choir has two evening performances at Peace on Thursday and Friday of this week.  Over 500 students will be performing.  You are invited!  Friday night concert begins 7:00pm.

The Jazz Church West hosts John Calloway on Easter Day at 5:00 pm. If you love Latin Jazz your heart will be danced into the heavens!  Be cool – get jazzed.

A new Art Exhibit is ready for you.  The letters of the Hebrew Alphabet have been quilted by Barb Carpenter who created these for her Bat Mitzvat project a few years ago.  Be sure to read the inscriptions about each.  They are wonderful prayer invitations.

     Archbishop Romero:  ‘We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.  Nothing we do is complete.  No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith.  No confession brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.  No program accomplishes the church’s mission.   Rather, we plant seeds that one day will grow.  We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development.  We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.  

     We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.  We do some things and do them well.  It may be incomplete, but God’s grace enters and does the rest.  We may never see end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.  We are prophets of a future not our own.  Amen.”

Blessed Holy Week,

Pr. Steve

Grace Waves / Pastor’s Blog 3.17.18

Friends:

FORUM – Peace as Sanctuary this Sunday, March 18:  We will have a Skype Conversation with staff members of LIRS/Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services in Baltimore and Washington DC.  They are the official agency of our national church body who have been involved for decades in immigration and refugee realities and struggles.  They will help us to understand the context in which we find ourselves as we discern the Spirit’s leading among us.  Your questions will be welcomed too!

Lent traditionally asks you to give something up.  This Lent I am inviting you to Give Yourself to one (or all 3) of these events:

  1. A delightful Interfaith Concert — next Tuesday night at Beth Chaim on Tuesday, March 20 (See flier below). If you love our Thanksgiving Eve celebration you will treasure this night as well.  We need an evening of joy, music, story telling wisdom and the heart-warming presence of each other.
  2. Seder Meal and Celebration – Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm.  Are you disturbed by Gun Violence and the killing of our youth?  Irresponsible leaders?  The devastation  of our earth?  Are you longing for an open, honest sibling partnership with Judaism and other interfaith friends?  Hungry for joy, celebration and hope?  Want to taste the inner meaning of the Eucharist?  Then come to our Annual Seder!  It will be charged with new insights from our Exodus Class.  You will discover how we are part of an ancient stream of hope and transformation for God’s world.  Sign up this Sunday or online.
  3. Easter is April 1 – April Fool’s Day!  Who are the friends you will invite to join you and sit with you for this amazing, uplifting, soul-stirring and creative worship celebration??  Think on this, pray on this, begin inviting now.

Our last ‘Reimagining Exodus class will host author Rabbi David Zaslow at Peace next Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm (see flier below).   Enjoy the passion of this ancient Liberation Story and discover the common DNA shared by Jews and Christians as we build our Interfaith Community in the spirit of peace and justice.

The Monte Vista Choir will be performing 2 Concerts at Peace on March 22 and 23 (Thursday and Friday) next week.  Over 500 students will be performing.  You are invited to attend.

Peace Participates:  The Peace Women and friends in this photo turned out to support the San Ramon High students who participated in the #EnoughisEnough Walkout this past Wednesday.  The students cheered our contingent when they concluded their 17 minutes in honor of the 17 students who died in Parkland, Florida.

Holy Week Schedule

  • Palm Sunday – March 25, 10 am
  • Seder                March 29 at 6:30 pm
  • Good Friday  —  March 30:  Peace open from Noon – 3 pm for Silent contemplation; worship at 7:00 pm
  • Easter           —  April 1 at 10 am

Lenten Blessings,

Pr. Steve