Good News, 08.14.09

Friends:

To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.         Mary Oliver

Our thanks to Jean Sylwanowicz and Jeanie Locklear for assisting Achi Ben Shalom this past Sunday. What a liturgical celebration of Israeli songs and dance with our Interfaith Friends. (They were deeply moved by our Peace Mosaic also.)  Our worship made real our Christian connections with Judaism and the Hebrew Scriptures.  And thanks to Pr. Margareta for being nearly apprehended by the police for praying in the Interfaith Chapel at Heathrow Airport.  What a story.  Keep singing, dancing and chanting the praises of God.

This Sunday Amar Khalsa (perhaps with family and friends) will return to lead us in Sanskrit and English Chants.  I am sure this will be a Eucharistic Service of contemplative joy and grace.  Feel free to invite your friends.

On Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, CA.  Art Simon, Founder of Bread for the World will talk about his new book, The Rising of Bread for the World: An Outcry of Citizens Against Hunger. The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP so we can reserve your copy of The Rising of Bread for the World. Art will share the surprising story of how God uses ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of hungry people. In the 1970s, Art served as a Lutheran pastor in New York’s Lower East Side.  He brought together Catholics and Protestants in an organized effort to urge Congress to address the root causes of hunger.  Today, 35 years later, Bread for the World is the nation’s foremost Christian voice against hunger. Under Art’s leadership, Bread for the World convinced Congress to make policy changes that continue to provide help and opportunity to hungry people today.

Matt and Jen Collins would like to offer you an online coupon for Metromint Water – very tasty!  Simply go here to print out your coupons.

Thanks to young Bob Winter for – ascending the heights to change our lights – in the sanctuary.  “He risked life and limb, so we could sing hymns…..”.  Blessings to all the college students who are beginning or returning to school this Fall.

Continue to sing our psalm from this past Sunday:  Libi uv’sari, Yeranenu el eil chai (“My body and soul sing with joy to the Living God”)

Blessings, Pr. Steve