Pastor’s Blog 05.15.19


“If the soul could have known God without the world, the world would never have been created.”  Meister Eckhart

The gift of the Light Globe from Pr. Margareta and family was well received and celebrated on Mother’s Day last Sunday.  This is a beautiful invitation to prayer when we can’t find the words to express our hearts’ desire.  The Light Globe will be introduced to our AA and NA groups also for their use and prayers.  The Light Globe will always be available to you on Sundays or whenever you come to Peace.  Thanks to Pr. Margareta for preaching and to Johannes for transporting it all the way from Stockholm!



A joy to hear our Peace Singers perform.  Looks like they are having fun too.


The Holy Envy Class began onTuesday at Beth Chaim.  Two more classes will follow on May 21 and 28 at 7 pm.  You are welcomed to join in this exploration of various faith traditions.  As Lutheran scholar and bishop Krister Stendahl taught:  A) Learn from the adherents of another religion not from its enemies; B) Do not compare their worst to your best; and C) Enjoy experiencing Holy Envy!

Keep in your prayers:  Margaret Bender, Lois on the death of son Brian, Pr. Margareta on the death of her mother, Bob Mantei, Ed, Betty, Ralph, Spoon Jackson, Eddie and Mad, those seeking homes, those struggling in their relationships, the lonely, the unemployed, nurses, teachers, our children and grandchildren.


Vivaldi’s Magnificat – with the Pacific Choir and full Baroque Orchestra — Saturday at 7:00 pm, 10th Anniversary Concert!

Come honor the 10 Years of Partnership with the Pacific Choir, encourage these wonderful  young people and feed your soul with spiritual delights!

How blessed we are (and how exceedingly rare for a congregation) to have the Abundance of Artistic Performances (classical voice and instrumental, jazz, visual, cinematic, theatre, dance, poetry) that we experience at Peace on a regular basis.  Be amazed!



“Do not depend on the hope of results.  When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, (essentially healing, compassionate work) you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect.  As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.  And there too a great deal has to be gone through, as gradually you struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people.  The range tends to narrow down, but it gets much more real. In the end, it is the reality of personal relations that saves everything.”  Thomas Merton

Easter blessings,

Pr. Steve