Good News, 05.30.2012


 “The day will come when, after harnessing the winds, the tides and gravitation we shall harness for the energies of love.  And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, humans will have discovered fire.”  (Teilhard de Chardin)


Holy Smoke – What a Pentecost Celebration we experienced!   Multi-languages, Elise’s Poem (which is found below), bells, the Chi Flame Prayer and Veni Sanctus Spiritus, prayers and intentions offered in the fire, incredible music and singing, the Eucharist with Pacem Totem torn and fragments shared.  Yes, the smoke became too much but as Pr. Elizabeth noted when she opened the doors – “passersby could now experience our worship” – so the Spirit simply used the smoke to expand and invite our connections with the neighborhood!  Painful as it was to bid farewell to Brenda and Janis, we are most grateful that Brenda got to share a year with us.  They promise to stay in touch with all their friends at Peace.

Our thanks to the members of Brenda’s Teaching Parish Committee:  Margaret Beeler, Chair, Linda Benatar, Barb Ghinazzi, Pam and Chuck Fisher, and Greg Grebe.  Well done!

On June 10 Trish Watts, an Australian singer with marvelous voice and spirit, will join us as our guest music leader for the day.  She sporadically gets to be with us at Peace and you will not want to miss this.

On that day Rev. Mary Ann Fiene, who will be the Sabbatical Pastor in the Fall, will also join us.  This is your first chance to get acquainted with her.  Please come to welcome her – and for some of you to welcome her return.

Foreverism – The Role of the Social Media in our Lives:  This presentation by our own Julie Arnone happens after worship this Sunday, June 3.  Fresh perspectives and an intriguing conversation are guaranteed!  Plan to be  a part of this.

21 years ago on June 2, 1991 we became an RIC (Reconciled in Christ) congregation which welcomed and affirmed gay and lesbian members, seminarians and clergy at Peace.  I believe we were the first suburban congregation in the country to do so.   Nearly two years ago the ELCA national Lutheran Church Body officially decided to ordain gay and lesbian clergy as well.   Pentecost – the Spirit revealing gifts and truths which don’t exist yet!

In the Spirit – Sacred Journeys:  The I-SRV sponsored Art Exhibit we are hosting is being well received by numerous guests.  On June 10 at 5:00 pm you will get to Meet the Artists!  Please invite your friends to join you for this occasion and enjoy Jazz at Peace with Gerry Grosz and his Jazz KitchenThe Spirit preaches in so many languages!

Abba/Imma Chi Prayer – now on youtube:   As you practice, may this prayer shower your inner divine with much joy and love — share it with others!   Mahalo Brenda Bos for the videotaping and the editing!  Kaleo

Setting the Table – Earth, Faith, Food:  The next gathering is an organic Dinner at Beth Chaim this Sunday, June from 5 – 7 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and taste what participation in this marvelous interfaith project will be like.  Please speak with Carol Barake, Libby Flynn or myself if you would like to participate in the dinner.

Got a hidden high school graduate in your family?  Let me know so they can be honored on June 10.

Seminarian John Brett will also be gone for the summer.  He’ll be enjoying a variety of classes, workshops, and time with family.  Keep him in your prayers.

An updated Directory is in the works.  If your contact info has changed please notify the Church Office.  We hope to put this in your hands by Father’s Day, June 17.

Contact Deacon Jeanie Locklear if you want to be a part of the Peace Band which will begin in the Fall.  If you play washboard, cello, koto flute, or mouth harp you qualify!

Hear the SF Gay and Lesbian Band perform this Sunday, June 3 at 3:00 pm at Lake Merritt Bandstand (near Children’s Fairyland).   Gary invites you to bring a picnic and share a great afternoon.

Here is Elise’s Poem.   Pentecost Blessings,  Pr. Steve


by Elise Dirlam Ching

They spoke in languages not strange but

shared by all who came to witness

the wild windsong

the crowns of fire that did not burn flesh

but turned it to a temple

That all may understand God

moving within, among

A flame continuing

like an ember carried from the first hearth

not always known as conflagration but sometimes

as a dream visitor sliding through the night

a tingling along the skin

a whisper through the cavern of the heart

A promise fulfilled,

kindled, tended,

to be for the world vessels

from which still pours

the ceaseless flow of great love