Good News, 04.15.10

Easter Exultet

Shake out your qualms.
Shake up your dreams.
Deepen your roots.
Extend your branches.
Trust deep water
and head for the open,
even if your vision
shipwrecks you.
Quit your addiction
to sneer and complain.
Open a lookout.
Dance on a brink.
Run with your wildfire.
You are closer to glory
leaping an abyss
than upholstering a rut.
Not dawdling.
Not doubting.
Intrepid all the way
Walk toward clarity.
At every crossroad
Be prepared
to bump into wonder.
Only love prevails.
En route to disaster
insist on canticles.
Lift your ineffable
out of the mundane.
Nothing perishes;
nothing survives;
everything transforms!
Honeymoon with Big Joy!

~ James Broughton ~

Thanks to Jody and Dick Larson for the above poem. Their grandson Chase was recently baptized at the Easter Vigil Service.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: Come learn about the parables of Jesus and how they would have been heard within his original Jewish context. This fascinating 3 Class Session with Deacon Gil Jardine begins this Sunday at 9 am. It is ideal for Sunday School parents, those eager to learn about Jesus in his home culture, early birds, and inquisitive spiritual beings.

Earth Day Celebration: Ro Lo Bianco invites you to wear work clothes and help plant new plants in our California Native Garden after worship on April 25th. If you are willing to provide some additional manual labor in the garden after the plantings that would be appreciated too.

50 years ago this past Sunday Gun Johnston participated in the choir which sang for the First Ordination of a Woman as a Minister in the Lutheran Church of Sweden. What a remarkable event and breakthrough for the church! How controversial and necessary. (It was another 20 years before the first Lutheran woman was ordained in the United States.) As Dana Squire commented, “I didn’t know Gun sang in a Children’s Choir.” Thank you, Gun, for standing up and singing Grace into New Realities!

Please keep in your prayers: Georgia, Doug, Randy, Taylor, Sheila, Linda, Curt’s father, Jerry Slater, Dee, Marlene, Judy, Karen, our Chaplains Dwane Michael and Mark Howard, those struggling with addictions or mental illness, our Catechumens Susanna, Jeanie, Gil and Libby.

Why do I always forget? After preaching on the text for Sunday morning about fear locking us behind closed doors – that same evening for Jazz at Peace a most torrential rain storm didn’t prohibit the assembling of a wonderful gathering upon whom: the sun immediately shone when the music began; who experienced a most exquisite calm and peaceful music; and whose hearts – locked inside of anxiety and stress – eventually could accept the wounds of our solitude as pathways for spirited transformation. What a mystery we live inside of.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Please note: The audio of Sunday’s sermon is available here.