Good News, 10.13.2011

Friends:

“I believe that grace’s empowerment is present in all true healings, in deliverances of all kinds, and in any movement toward wholeness and love and freedom, however great or small.  It is present in physical and psychological healing, in social and political reconciliation, in cultural and scientific breakthrough, in spiritual deliverance from evil, in religious repentance and  conversion, and in the ongoing process of spiritual growth.  It is present where love really grows.  In very situation, grace enables us to make necessary initial changes and to continue, over time, to nurture those changes in creative, constructive ways.”  Gerald May, MD

Quite a marvelous weekend is coming up for us.  Many opportunities to grow, learn and celebrate:

Saturday the WOW (Witness our Welcome) Service – our 10th Anniversary – will be held at Beth Chaim at 4:00 pm. This annual gathering celebrates the lives and ministries of GLTBQ people in our interfaith congregations.  Should be some great music at this occasion!

Sunday morning our Healing Prayer Team has helped design a unique worship for St. Luke’s Healing Sunday.   This is a blessed opportunity to enfold all of the people and concerns of our hearts in the grace-filled experience of healing prayer.  It is also a chance to give thanks for blessings experienced in the midst of difficult times.

Members of the Healing Prayer Team will also lead the Adult Education Class on Healing Prayer:  How it impacts my Life and FaithBible 365 continues to be a source of joy, insight and struggle.  You can join that class any Sunday you choose.

Sunday afternoon our Science and Religion and Healing Prayer Teams sponsor Transforming our World View:  Integral Perspectives linking Body, Mind and Spirit with Dr. Marilyn Schlitz of the IONS Institute.  This will be a time of insight and delight – followed by a Book Signing Party with Dr. Francis Geddes author of Contemplative Healing and mentor to our Healing Prayer Team.  Be good to yourself – give yourself the best – expect to be transformed.  Invite your friends.

Our next Small and Tall Family Worship – designed and focused on our little ones – will be on Sunday, October 23 at 9:30 am.  “Let the children come to me!”

Our next Taize Contemplative Prayer Service will be offered on Friday, October 28 at 7:00 pm.

On Reformation evening October 30 All Nite Soul will liberate your body-being with some of the finest Latin Jazz on the planet through the artistry of John Calloway.   Don’t miss out on the rhythms, melodies, intricacies and happiness!

And this word from Pr. Anita: “On Sunday, October 30, I’ll be hosting the Second Annual Halloween Hospitality Hour. Come hungry and ready for a spook-alicious time!”

The Interfaith Council of CCC invites you to our Annual Interfaith Multicultural Potluck at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Walnut Creek (opposite John Muir Hospital on Ygnacio) on Sunday, November 6 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  A tasty evening promising you surprising connections of heart, mind and spirit.

Congratulations to Tomas Transtromer (Swedish Poet whose poems we utilize) on the receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature!

The family of Kurt Ericson send their gratitude to the members of Peace for our prayers and friendship with Kurt, and for the Memorial Service and Reception this past Monday.  Thanks to Pr. Anita and Libby Flynn for coordinating the reception and service details and to all who contributed to the day.  A time of healing has begun.

“Surely Yahweh’s mercies are not over, God’s deeds of faithful love are not exhausted;  every morning they are renewed, so great is God’s faithfulness.  ‘God is all I have,’ I say to myself, ‘so I will put my hope in God.’  Wherever there is grief God acts in mercy out of faithful love for us.”  (Lamentations)

Blessings, Pr. Steve