Good News, 10.27.2011


“I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me, to see the beauty of the world through my own eyes.”  (Sweet Honey in the Rock)

While it has been an intense season October has also been a month of incredible blessings for us:  St. Francis Animal Blessing and Festival; the launching of another unique jazz season; the profound and immensely Healing Prayer Service; the insights of the Science and Religion event; the liberating WOW Service at Beth Chaim; the joyful celebration of Small and Tall with our children and families; the delightful addition of Seminarian Brenda Bos to Peace for this next year;  and the anticipation of Reformation this Sunday….it’s hard to get much richer than this.  God is gracious!

Our next Taize Contemplative Prayer is this Friday evening at 7:00 pm.  Come gift yourself with beautiful chants, stillness and calm, scriptural insights and loving prayer.  Invite family and friends to join you.  We are publicizing this with many congregations in our Valley.  Our thanks to the Healing Prayer Team for sponsoring Taize.

Sunday’s Adult Education Class will examine and discuss the Reforming Movements in the church today.  You might have additional ones to contribute!  Join us in the Gathering Hall or choose to join in Bible 365.  Either way you will become wiser!  (Note:  Nursery Care is now available during the Education Hour for kids 3 and under…thanks to our teens!)

And this note from Pr. Anita: “This Sunday during the hospitality time we’ll be having our second annual more- sweets-than-you-should-ever-eat  Halloween Snack-A-Rama! The theme for this year’s table, and yes, I like food with a focus, is “Spiders, Bats, and Pumpkins, O My!” You might want to consider a couple laps around Lafayette Reservoir or a hike to the top of Mt. Diablo before Sunday in preparation. See you then! “

It is unlikely that Martin Luther had Latin Jazz in mind when he envisioned the Reforming Church but that is what you get to experience this Sunday evening with All Nite Soul and John Calloway from 5:00 – 7:30 pm.  John is an outstanding musician and person.  You will love his flute playing creativity.  If you want to bathe in happiness, improvisation, and soul-uplifting joy then come…..or you can sit at home and watch the news.  Margit Johansson doesn’t even like jazz and she hasn’t missed a Jazz at Peace evening in 7 years.  Be like Margit – be a cool Lutheran.

The Annual Meeting for the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County will take place on Sunday, November 6, 6:00 – 8:30 pm at St. John Vianney Catholic Church on 1650 Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek (across from John Muir Hospital). We will meet in the Mullen Commons.  There will be an International-Theme Potluck Dinner – best eating on the planet.  Bring something you enjoy.  We’ll learn about the Winter Nights Program,  hear about our ministry at Juvenile Hall and receive a report from Rev. Brian Stein-Webber.  Carpooling from Peace can be arranged.  Contact the office if you would like to attend.

Regarding Interfaith Relations: I suspect that interfaith dialogue begins with friendship.  How much would I know about Sikhism if I had read it in a book – as opposed to hearing the music and chants of Amar and Sybomar Khalsa who have lead worship at Peace?   This reminds me that I must continue to deepen connections  so we can fuel our interfaith understanding and commitment with love and familiarity instead of merely with principles and a watery ‘ought-to.'”  (comment from a friend of Peace)

Language makes a Difference: The term “bank teller” originated in the wake of the 1929 (Oct. 29) stock market crash, when banks began hiring low-paid workers to “tell” throngs of frantic depositors that their money was gone.   At least they had the courage to tell people.

“Where there is mercy and discernment, there is neither excess nor hardness of heart.” Francis of Assisi

Keep Reforming,  Pr. Steve