Pastor’s Weekly Message 06.08.17

Grace Waves


“Where the Church is Alive there is always Surprise!”

“Only in humans has the evolution of the creation reached the point where reality encounters itself in decision and choice.  Outside of humanity, the creation is neither good nor evil.

Only when you descend into yourself and encounter the Other, do you then experience goodness as the ultimate reality — united and living — in God and through you.”

~Dag Hammarskjold

Congregation/Community Events Below (FFF, VBS, Concert, Honky)

Pentecost – Confirmands:  Impossible to convey the experience of Pentecost this past Sunday.  That’s why we worship – to participate in the wisdom and grace which make communion with life possible.  Our Confirmands – precious, thoughtful, works of art themselves – loved by their families and treasured by the community of Peace.  Often the best we can offer is ‘Thank you, God.’

The 3 Determinants of Happiness – Ancient Spiritual Teaching (confirmed by science) for Confirmands and Adults:

  1. Doing good to/with/for Others;
  2. Nurturing Strong and Supportive Networks of Relations (beyond our own families); and
  3. Having a sense that one’s life is worthwhile, meaningful, and matters – to one’s self and others.

Trinity Sunday:  Join us for this exquisite Sunday when we explore the great and godly Dance of Love.

Forum on Sunday – Peace as a Sanctuary Church:  Come learn and discuss the 4 Ways in which Sanctuary Churches can provide care and protection for those living under intimidation and threat of deportation.

Keep in your prayers:  Jerry, recovering from surgery; Ed, Brian T, Marshall, Peter, Brian M., Gun, Nancy, Sue, Johnny’s mom, Mary, those held captive by poverty, discrimination or intimidation.

“Brothers and sisters, we wish you joy; try to grow in maturity; encourage one another; have a common mind and live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.  Greet one another with the holy kiss of peace.” 

2 Corinthians 13: 11 – 12

Big Questions Forum“How Does your Faith Path provide guidance in understanding and dealing with Suffering?”  I have been invited by the Rossmoor Interfaith Council to participate in a panel presentation/discussion on the topic of suffering next Monday, June 12 from 1:30 – 4 pm at the Club Room of the Creekside Restaurant.  It is open to the public.

Family Service – Father’s Day, June 18 at 10 am.

If you are lucky we will schedule a Work Day yet this June.

“He turned all his time into a holy leisure in which to engrave wisdom on his heart; so that, if he did not always advance in awareness and compassion, he would still not give up.”  (A comment on the life of St. Francis.)

Pentecost Blessings,  Pr. Steve

FIRST FRIDAY FILM:  FRI JUN 9  6:30p  Join us for a rescheduled  screening of this award winning film based on the book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.  In the race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, three black female mathematicians play a key role in launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space, making him the first American to orbit Earth.  Run time 127 min.; rated PG – Parents Strongly Cautioned – Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Popcorn during, discussion after.

Vacation Bible School 2017:  Jul 24-28PEACE youth and teens are invited to partner with St. Timothy’s and Mt. Cross Vacation Bible School: The Water of Life.  This VBS week is a Day Camp 9:00 – 3:00, staffed by Mt. Cross College and Adult volunteers working with teen CIT’s and youth as young and Pre-k.  A week of fun, song, crafts and learning for the week; campers and staff will bring lunch each day, concluding with a celebration on   Friday 9:00—1:00.  Visit for forms,registration & information.   Contact the office 925.648.7000 for questions/more information.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE – JUNE 15

Slavyanka Chorus: On Sunday, June 11th at 5PM, Slavyanka Chorus will present a concert of rarely heard Russian and Serbian choral music at Peace Lutheran.  The program will include sacred and secular music by two of Russia’s greatest choral composers, Pavel Chesnokov and Sergei Taneyev (often called “the Russian Bach” in his homeland, but almost unknown here) — and a cycle of charming and lively folk songs about simple village life by Serbia’s most beloved composer, Stefan Mokranjac.  Iskra Etno, a wonderfully talented Serbian and Balkan ensemble of eight women singers, will also perform.  Tickets are $17 online at, or $20 at the door — children under 12 admitted free. For more information, please visit the chorus website, or call Paul Andrews, 510-798-7966.

¨HONKYJune 24th & 25th at Peace!  A pair of sneakers triggers a tragedy…  and a unique conversation about race relations in America.  Honky is a very provacative and funny look on the very serious subject of race and racism in America. Political correctness goes out the window as five people, both black and white, muddle through one of the most difficult discussions of our time.  Each performance will e followed by a dialogue with the cast, guest speakers, and you!  Tickets through Role Players Ensemble