Pastor’s Weekly Message: 09.09.15

Grace Waves


Beyond obedience – attention fixed on the goal…
freedom from fear;

Beyond fear – openness to life; and

Beyond that – Love. —Markings, Dag Hammarskjold

Enjoyed “Catch you Later” – want to read it?  Author Boris invites you to his home this Friday at 4 pm for a group discussion about his recently published novel.  Address:  247 Pulido Road, Danville, CA. 94526.   (We are the second last house on the left hand side as you head up the hill on Pulido Road.  Feel free to pull into the driveway and park in front of the garage. Tel.  925 718 8001)  Look forward to seeing you on Friday at 4 pm!  (Come even if you haven’t read it.)

Justice Advocacy meets shortly after 11 during the Forum Hour this Sunday, September 13.  All members of Peace are invited to participate this conversation reviewing our current ministries.  Ron and Linda will lead the discussion.  (New Introduction to our website Justice Blog:  Ethical conduct and Social Justice are the fruits of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospel.    People of faith are called to open our eyes and hearts to the cries of those who suffer unjustly and to act compassionately for and with them.   The purpose of our Justice Blog is to hear and present our various perspectives in order to clarify our thinking and commitments.  Speak the truth you know in love.)

Homecoming Sunday is September 20 when our New Worship time begins at 10:00 am.  Always good to get all of us back together after the summer’s diaspora.  We will have a Potluck Brunch that day at 9:30 – bring something tasty to eat.  A brief Congregational Meeting will follow our worship to elect new Council Members.

That same afternoon we will host an International Peace Day Concert 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.

It is time for an updated Peace Directory.  If your contact info has changed during 2015 please notify the Office or write the changes on the Directory Copy next to the Hospitality Table these next 2 Sundays.

Please keep in your prayers:  Jim and Joan, those with dementia, Nancy, caregivers, our children and grandchildren, refugees, for confidence and clarity in the faith we’ve been given; for friends at Beth Chaim as the High Holy Days begin next Monday with Rosh Hashanah.

Tai Chi for the Intrepid begins Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm at Peace.

“However much driven by self-interest, the market still depends absolutely on a community that shares such values as honesty, freedom initiative, thrift, and other virtues whose authority will not long withstand the reduction to the level of personal tastes that is explicitly the core of the’ individualistic philosophy of value’ on which modern economic theory is based.   If all value derives only from the satisfaction of individual wants, then there is nothing left over on the basis of which individualist want satisfaction can be restrained.  Depletion of moral capital may be more costly than depletion of physical capital.  The market does not accumulate moral capital; it depletes it.  Consequently, the market depends on the community to regenerate moral capital.”  (For the Common Good, Herman Daly and John Cobb)

Lutheran Office for World Community, New York, N.Y.  POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA:  Member states of the United Nations concluded their negotiations on Aug. 2 on a proposed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development titled Transforming Our World, “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.” The document, which sets forth 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, is set to be adopted at the end of September when state leaders convene for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015. LOWC has been monitoring the negotiations and will be continuing to follow the implementation phase, including the development of target indicators by 2016 and the establishment of review mechanisms.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve