Pastor’s Blog / Grace Waves 01.29.20


“Even if you are only a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.”    ~Gandhi (assassinated on January 30, 1948)

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held this Sunday, February 2 after worship.  (It will conclude long before the Super Bowl.)

Our Early Communion Class meets next on Saturday, February 8 from 4 – 6 pm.

We celebrate our Partnership with Lwamondo Parish in South Africa this Sunday!

Friday Films: Happy! Friday Jan 31: 6:30p Dinner, 7:30p Film ~ Back by popular demand… How do most people define happiness? A NY Times article listed the US as the 23rd happiest country in the world. Hollywood director Tom Shadyac (Liar Liar, Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty) read it and asked Academy Award nominated filmmaker Roko Belic to make a documentary about happiness. It combines cutting-edge science with real-life stories and takes us on a kind of cultural travelogue on the happiness trail through 14 countries. Join us for one of Kenny’s roast chicken dinners at 6:30, film at 7:30. Run time 73 minutes; unrated.

Jazz Church West – Second Sunday Feb 9, 5:00p with the Glen Pearson Quartet

Keep in your prayers:  Heather, Olavi, Bob, Ed, Betty, Mary, Janet and Nancy, the children in our Early Communion Class, gratitude for the Peace Council and all who work to sustain and inspire Peace, for the Uighers detained in mass incarceration in China, for Lwamondo Parish, for those participating in the mass protests of India, for the leaders of our government in this time of important deliberation.

Hesburgh (the film); Sunday, February 9 at 1 pm at St. Perpetua in Lafayette:
The Hesburgh film chronicles the life of “One ordinary man. One extraordinary life”: The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. – long-time president of the University of Notre Dame.
“Hesburgh offers a unique glimpse at more than fifty years of American history. Educator, civil rights champion, advisor to presidents, envoy to popes, theologian and activist, Hesburgh was called on by countless world leaders to tackle the most challenging issues of the day. Through it all, he remained a man armed with a fierce intelligence, a quick wit and an unyielding moral compass – a timeless example of bipartisan leadership that would serve us in today’s increasingly polarized times.”
A post-film discussion will be facilitated by Notre Dame alumni Alameda County Superior Court judge David Krashna.

The Ancient Prayer of our Jewish and Christian Ancestors:  “Holy One may your wisdom rule on earth as in heaven; may your enemies and those who hate the people of G-d be cast down….and healed; and may the new age dawn speedily and soon, in our time and in our days.”  Amen

Epiphany Blessings,

Pr. Steve