Pastor’s Weekly Message: 09.03.15

Grace Waves


Blessed is one who sees their own weakness, and blessed is one who, when seeing a flaw in someone else, takes responsibility for it.


Because – half of any person is wrong and weak and off the path.  Half!  The other half is dancing and swimming and flying in the Invisible Joy.”   —Rumi

First Friday Films:  In this sequel to the Golden Globe nominated film, the transplants who were tourists in India are now residents. They have morphed into a family of choice, and are busy encouraging each other as to what kind of life they choose to lead while continuing to help Sonny (Dev Patel). Brilliant cast, colorful India and a great story, all building up to a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious wedding finale. Run time 122 minutes; PG rated. Join us for popcorn during, discussion after. Click on the trailer for a sample. Please pass this on to anyone you think might enjoy it!

Community Letter from Laurel Galan for our brothers and sisters at Peace Lutheran Church:  We are so joyful to write you this letter to thank you for the spiritual and physical gesture that you offered to us with the donation of basic grains. This donation really came at an opportune time, and is a great blessing for us and for our families, due to the situation of drought that we are facing.

We were so glad to receive your letter and know that you are always thinking of us and wanting to know what is going on in our lives. It doesn’t matter the distance between us; what is important is that we are in contact. We pray to God for you all and your families, that He keeps us united as one family and one Spirit.  We received your letter and read it aloud together with much love and care. Micaela is grateful for the prayers for her son Esau, and that you continue to pray for him. She is so happy for this and for the fact that Esau’s health is improving.

We are praying to God for rain, because the drought is so strong and we are worried about our water situation. We do have enough water though to meet our household’s needs and for our animals. This year we haven’t lost any animals yet, thanks be to God.  But if it doesn’t rain soon, it would be the most terrible situation that could occur for our crops. If we don’t have a harvest, we don’t know what we’ll do.

We desire blessings for you from on high, and may your hearts be filled with the Peace of Christ. We pray for you all in our meetings and in our church services,

Your Sisters in Laurel Galan

Keep in your prayers:  Nancy who has been released from the hospital, Jim and Joan, Thich Nhat Hanh, all the refugees, for the capacity to listen, bear with and understand.

Tai Chi Chuan Classes – a 12 week series taught by Pr. Steve begins next Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 pm at Peace.   All are welcome to explore this ancient martial arts form which harmonizes breathing, physical balance and clarity to produce ‘meditation in movement’.  Fliers are on the Kiosk.

Embodied Prayer Series with Kaleo and Elise Ching and Pr. Steve begins next Wednesday Sept. 9 and goes through Oct. 14 at San Damiano from 6 – 7:30 pm.  East meets West:  draw from Judeo-Christian, Taoist and Buddhist resources; learn Qiqong, Acupressure and Centering Prayer.  Fliers with details are in the Gathering Hall and on the Kiosk.

Justice Advocacy meets during the Forum Hour on Sunday, September 13.  We will start shortly after 11.

International Peace Day Concert at Peace on Sunday, September 20 at 4:00 pm.  The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa sponsors this Annual Concert.  This year 7 choirs will be participating with a special tribute to the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.  Join us for this lovely occasion of interfaith music, understanding and joy!  Spread the word.

Labor Day Reflection:  “The general reaction to the apparent end of the era of cheap fossil fuel, as to other readily foreseeable curtailments, has been to delay any sort of reckoning. The strategies of delay, so far, have been a sort of willed oblivion, or visions of large profits to the manufacturers of such “biofuels” as ethanol from corn or switchgrass, or the familiar unscientific faith that “science will find an answer.” The dominant response, in short, is a dogged belief that what we call the American Way of Life will prove somehow indestructible. We will keep on consuming, spending, wasting, and driving as before at any cost to anything and everybody but ourselves.”  Wendell Berry (Faustian Economics)

There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em.”  Yogi Berra (American Existentialist Philosopher….and catcher.)

Blessings,  Pr. Steve