Grace Waves 10.05.17


“We don’t see what we don’t praise!”

St. Francis Blessing of the Animals:  A joyful day watching a dozen dogs gathering as a community around the altar and howling their praise during the service.  Francis’ beautiful “Make me an Instrument of your Peace” was sung by Elizabeth, gorgeous music from Gary and the Peace Singers, a Jewish ‘Hallelujah’ to honor Yom Kippur, and tasty biscuits (communion for the hounds) after their blessing.  How blessed we are to experience the whole cosmos praising God for life!

A Tree of Life celebrating the solar energizing of Peace was dedicated in honor of the completion of our Solar Project.  This beautiful metallic sculpture  was designed by Haitian artists who work with Fair Trade organizations that work to alleviate poverty.

Family Service – THIS SUNDAY!  Join us with your children and grandchildren for another wonderful celebration.

Youth Group meets this Sunday at 12:30 at Peace and then joins the I-SRV Interfaith Youth Group at Beth Chaim for an afternoon event from 2 – 4 pm.

Daffodil Planting: Make our church home all the more beautiful by assisting Ken with the planting of daffodil bulbs  during our time of Reformation reflection in October.

Peace Singers Rehearsing at Elizabeth’s Home:  October 13, 20 and 27 – all Fridays.  In November we may shift rehearsal to Thursdays.  Join the dozen folks now participating.  All are welcome!

The SF Gay Men’s Chorus will be touring the Deep South on a Good Will Mission to build understanding and friendships with people who are surrounded by attitudes and experiences of intolerance.  Last Saturday the Chorus had a Send Off Concert at Grace Cathedral.  Our thanks to Gary who filmed this video.  The lyrics of this song are the words Mark Twain had carved into his young daughter’s tombstone.  Blessings on your journey!

October Forums (Reformation Insights will be presented each Sunday of October)

  • 8 – Martin Luther and the Historical Reformation – Learn why this tradition exists and persists!
  • 15 – Peace as Sanctuary: A Reforming Proposal(First Draft)….Dialogue Continues
  • 22 – “Stirring Faith and Joy”:  The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 29 – Oktoberfest after worship at Peace.  Then Ein Feste Burg and Liturgy at Grace Cathedral in the afternoon.

Reformation Festival – Our Carpool Van transporting 15 people from Peace to Grace in San Francisco is already full!  A second van carrying 6 people will be available for sign ups this Sunday.

Hunger on the Table:  On Oct. 5, the House of Representatives will vote on a budget proposal that, if implemented, would dramatically increase hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world — making it nearly impossible to end hunger by 2030. The resolution proposes cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and refundable tax credits for low-income working families. It also proposes cutting yearly spending by $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years — putting at risk programs like WIC, summer meals, global nutrition, and international development.  1 in 8 families in America struggles to put food on their tables.

Keep in your prayers:  The Las Vegas family victims,  the people of Puerto Rico, Houston and Florida; Bangladesh; Kelley’s mom, Linda Britt, Marshall, Johnny’s mom, Kristen, Spoon,Tom; gratitude for Brian’s good news.

First Friday Films – Oct. 6, 6:30 pm:  Join us for the winner of our “scary movie” contest, Beetlejuice, Tim Burton’s uproarious fantasy/comedy  as you’ve never seen it before – on the big screen!  When a recently-deceased ghost couple (Alec Baldwin + Geena Davis) find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they engage a sleazy ghost (Michael Keaton) who gets rid of humans to help them. Run time 92 min.; rated PG. Please bring munchies to share.

Our Jazz Church 13th Season Opener with Sylvia Cuenca’s Trio  was marvelous.  Incredibly fine musicianship.  And a hawk flew in to our Gathering Hall for the event.  Couldn’t have been more perfect for St. Francis’ Feast Day!

Reforming blessings,

Pr. Steve