Pastor’s Weekly Message: 05.13.16

Grace Waves


If you can explain it, it’s not true! —Wisdom gracefully holds contradictions until new truth arises

We celebrate Pentecost this Sunday, the 3rd High Feast Day of the church.  It celebrates the Descent of the Spirit and the Birth of the Church (ecclesia – ‘the listening ones’).  Wear Red!

Christian and Interfaith Dialogue:  Seminarian Crystal Larsen lead a class on this topic with the Wisdom Seekers last Tuesday.  Her presentation was part of an Education Class she is taking at PLTS Seminary.  She felt it went well and the group seems to have had a positive response to their discussion.  The group concluded by asking:   what are our gifts for reaching out to “others”;  and what does the understanding of vocation in Lutheran theology have to teach us in regards to using our gifts in interfaith dialogue.  Thank you, Crystal.

Peace Men’s Group meets this Saturday from 8:30 – 10 AM.  Join in, get connected and enjoy a little breakfast too.

Forum – May 15:  The conclusion of our “Care for our Common Home” study.  Gratitude to Pope Francis for focusing our spiritual attention on creation and inequality.

Forum – May 22:  Deacons Pat Leong of Connections and Monica Laurlund of Youth and Family will share with you the Priorities for Connecting within Peace and beyond our congregation.

Second Friday Film  – Friday May 13 at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room.  It will be The Cobbler, a PG-13 movie starring Adam Sandler, Ellen Barkin, Dustin Hoffman, Method Man and Steve Buscemi.  As always popcorn during and  discussion after.

Mother’s Day Jewelry:  Kersti’s necklaces were quite a hit!  We will be sure to have her return for future occasions.

Jazz Church West:  This week the fundraising Gift Package for KCSM radio station (91.1 FM) was a CD containing highlights from 11 years of Jazz Church West Performances.  This included over 70 artists who have performed at Peace as part of our interfaith celebrations.  Our thanks to Ed Klitsch who continues to promote our Jazz Events in creative ways and to KCSM the only 24/7 jazz station in the US and whose music is heard worldwide.  What a unique ministry this has become.

Dogtown Redemption – Monday, May 16 at PBS at 10 pm:  St. Mary’s Center in Oakland provides food, shelter and a welcoming community to homeless and at-risk seniors living on the streets.  It also has an outreach program to help poor seniors age with dignity in their own home.  It is the only shelter of its kind in Northern California.  Peace has hosted fundraisers and Poetry and Art Exhibits in order to support St. Mary’s.  This Monday night you can see a remarkable video about life on the Oakland streets for seniors which includes the compassionate work of St. Mary’s. Tune in!

Advance Notice — October 2nd  from Noon to 2 PM – Pet Festival and St Francis Blessing of the Animals:   Our theme this year is from Canticle of the Sun by Marty Haugen (5th verse) –  The Creatures you made to Let your Life Show”.    This year we resume the full experience of music, silent auction, food sales, exhibitors and general merriment. We usually have several hundred pet and people visitors – so don’t miss it.  Donations of animal care items, dog and cat store coupons, restaurant coupons, yachts, mansions and vineyards gratefully accepted.   Want to get involved – contact me.   Kind Regards, Greg Grebe

Wedding Couple Kylie and Jesse Harms offer their thanks to all the friends at Peace for your wedding prayers, presence and blessings!  They are enjoying their honeymoon at Dana’s Cottage in Florida.

The Lord looks on his servants with mercy and not with blame.  In God’s sight we do not fall:  in our sight, we do not stand.  Both of these are true – but the deeper insight belongs to God. —Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich

Pentecost Blessings,

Pr. Steve