Good News, 05.24.2012

Friends:

The new spirit of Christianity:  A New Dawn is needed after 2000 years of Christianity – we are just beginning.  Today’s scholarship reveals profound insights about the mystic and prophetic truth of Jesus; and there is a renewed interest in contemplation and social action.  With constructive dialogue happening among many of the world’s spiritual traditions, and with the common pressures of eco-justice and social justice demanding our mutual attention – we have an opportunity to enact the much-needed freedom of the Gospel.  There is such grace and wisdom that a clear and distilled experience of Jesus’ compassionate revolution can offer today.

 

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost – the inspiration of the Spirit and the birthing of the Body of Christ among us.  It was a momentous breakthrough of insight, energy and wisdom.  It propelled lives and communities forward in paths of transformation they had never imagined.  It disturbed traditional expectations as it grounded visions of hope.  Without the Spirit’s inspiration we are doomed to merely replicate old religious forms. With the Spirit breathing within us we receive the courage to live as Hope-Bearers in a Liberated World and the illumination to live as healers in a broken world.

Join us for worship this Sunday:  if you speak a language in addition to English let me know before the service.  Bring bells and wear red!

The Peace Band:  Jeanie Locklear, our Deacon of Worship is requesting that all the musicians of Peace get in touch with her so we can create a Peace Band in the Fall.  So far we have violin, piano, flute and didgeridoo players!  (I know we have guitarists, cellists and percussionists too.)  This will be a fun complement to our music ministry! 

We want to publish a New Directory by June 17, Father’s Day.  If any of your contact information has changed please notify the office with your accurate data.

The Pacem Totem (now Ascended) – A Reflection about our Lenten/Easter Art Experience: ” The Pacem Totem was never meant to replace any image or idea of God, Jesus or Holy Spirit.  It was meant to make visible the spiritual experiences the congregation received during these Holy Seasons.  During Lent it took on a dark and foreboding look, but during Easter it became lighter and lighter.  And that was part of the evolving process we experienced, the many changes over many months.  Each week the ideas and concepts behind the Mystery of the Faith were presented and therefore new colors, marks and adornments were added to this three dimensional canvas.  It was a way for all congregants to write, color, pattern their thoughts, to convey their images and prayers of that part of the Mystery onto the Body.  Every week another layer was added, sometimes hiding some of what was expressed before, so that Pacem became a record of our feelings and thoughts;  a visual diary of the process of discovering something new about the faith, our congregation and ourselves.  It was never meant to be an object of worship, it was meant to be a new way of expressing our worship.”  (Bill Carmel)

A portion from a recent letter from Spoon Jackson:  Congratulations on the delegation to South Africa.  That will be an honor and a timeless adventure!  Sounds like the perfect trip.  We must all come together around the world to share our peace, love and realness.

Pray for Sean Wall and Erika Daly  who will be married this weekend.

Chromatica Choir – who sings classical music and rehearses at Peace on Monday evenings – gave a concert this past Monday evening.  Quite marvelous and delightful energy.  You will be hearing more of them in the future.

“God seeks Himself in us, and the aridity and sorrow of our heart is the sorrow of God who is not known in us, who cannot find Himself in us because we do not dare to believe or trust the incredible truth that He could live in us, and live there out of choice, out of preference.”  Thomas Merton

 

Pentecost Blessings,  Pr. Steve