Good News, 5.12.2012

“Wisdom inspires us not retreat from pain and suffering but to ask ourselves how can we participate in the healing of our friends, ourselves, our community, world and earth.  We often discover the greatest healing can lie within the smallest gestures:  a caring word, a loving touch, the gift of a compassionate heart.  These allow us to extend beyond our personal pain and boundaries to connect with the well being of others and ourselves.  Listening inwardly (without judgment or resistance) allows the Spirit to speak; listening to others invites the presence of grace.” (Christina Feldman)

Friends —  SDG (Soli Deo Gloria!):

It is Mother’s Day this Sunday and we will celebrate with a wonderful Small and Tall Family worship that Pastors Margareta and Anita are designing.   There will be guest musicians and other surprises. Bring all the children and grandchildren you can!

The Pacific Youth and Children’s Choirs were simply outstanding!  I will never forget the little ones singing “JeRUsalem”.  What a remarkable gift from the Spirit.  Another one of the blessings of staying connected like branches in the Vine.   (Who was that man with the henna tattoos – Beloved and Fear Not??)

This Sunday two great opportunities are coming your way in the afternoon – the perfect gift for moms!   In the Spirit – Sacred Journeys is the official Opening of an Art Exhibit sponsored by I-SRV and being hosted by Peace.  Bill Carmel is a prime mover in this venture and Bob Worthington has been a source of much encouragement.  The Opening coincides with our Jazz Church West presentation of the Fred Randolph Quintet.  Your eye, heart and spirit will be delighted by the magnificence of these incredible gifts.  Please come with friends to enjoy the art and dialogue with interfaith friends.

Our Peace Council had a constructive Quarterly Retreat this past Sunday.  You will be hearing the highlights in the near future.

Please keep in your prayers:  Jonathan, Karl’s father, Catherine Bell, Barb, Joseph, Jack, Sarah and Micki, Gun,  Ruth, Robert, Wara and David, those soon to give birth, those who are grieving, political prisoners, and the people of Syria, Bahrain and Yemen.

Yoga at Peace got off to a wonderful start.  There is good participation from the larger community.  Please spread the word.  For more info:  www.yogaatpeace.org.

Kaleo reports:  Just came back from Guelph, Ontario. The workshop I lead was on Death and Dying and Rebirth and was exceptional.  4 of the students were ministers (UCC and Episcopalian) who do pastoral counseling or work with Hospice. They LOVED the “Abba/Imma” chi kung we showed them and want to share it with their congregations!

Our Annual Bocce Ball Picnic is happening on Sunday, May 20 after worship.  Save the date and enjoy the beauty of Spring with all your friends at Peace.

“It is when we insist most firmly on everyone else being “reasonable” that we become ourselves, unreasonable.” (Thomas Merton)

Easter Blessings,  Pr. Steve