Pastor’s Weekly Message: 12.04.14

Grace Waves


Prayer is coming to view life through the heart of God; it is coming to see the world as God sees the world – as One.  We know that we will have come to see God when we have come to see people as sacred.  —Thomas Merton, monk

This Sunday our worship will host 5 Students from the Sycamore Strings Academy – 4 violins and a viola.  You will find this emotionally rich and spiritually uplifting.  Our thanks to Director Goran Berg for making this possible.  In addition, Alice O’Sullivan will be our guest pianist.  Come and honor our guests with your presence!

The “Pure Delight!” Christmas Concert presented by our own Elizabeth Hunter Ashley and Hyunjung Choi will be performed on Sunday, December 21 at 4:30 pm at Peace.  Guest Baritone Joo Won Kang (SF Opera, Carnegie, Kennedy Center) will also perform.  He and Elizabeth will share a duet!  In addition The Coelis Vocal Ensemble and Special Blend from the Blackhawk Chorus will perform.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children under 12 are free.  Last year many people said, “This Concert truly made my Christmas!”  What a festive Annual  Tradition this is becoming!

The Veil Tapestry—Threading the Connection for All Faiths.  All members of the Interfaith Community/I-SRV are invited to express through sacred texts the insights revealed to our various prophets as sacraments from God.  The gathering of these spiritual texts will remind, encourage and teach us How to become a Human Being.   You will be asked to choose words and phrases from your tradition and paint them by hand on the canvas.  As these words and phrases fill the space, painted one on top of another layer by layer, they will create an intertwined tapestry of sacred words – a woven Veil.  This tapestry of calligraphy will be a testimony to our universal faith.

The Veil Tapestry was introduced at the ‘Inequality and Faith’ event at San Damiano on November 15.  It will circulate among all of the I-SRV Congregations to receive your contributions.  Over time,it is the artist’s hope that the tapestry will prompt joy and wonder as a celebration of wholeness, understanding and inclusivity.

Peace Members get to contribute to the Veil Tapestry during the Hospitality Hour on the Sundays of Advent.  Thanks to Bill Carmel for creating this.

Richard Caemmerer Exhibit:  Thanks to Bill Carmel for mounting the Caemmerer Exhibit.  Some of these works present encounters of biblical stories and mystery; others are of creation unfolding; all are spiritually engaging.

First (2nd) Friday Films:  Join us on The 2nd Friday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 pm for a screening of The Thief of Bagdad, a 1940 Technicolor classic on par with The Wizard of Oz. There is a flying horse, a goddess with six arms, a giant genie released from a bottle, a flying carpet and a battle with a gargantuan spider. It is a family adventure film which promises to uplift and fascinate even the most jaded film lover. 106 min.

Giving Trees:  We have 8 families this year and 7 of them are large.   I/we are encouraging you to partner with 2 other families to help meet the needs of our Giving Tree families.  You get to choose your Ornaments this Sunday, December 7.  It is asked that you return your gifts on Sunday, December 21.

Peace Mosaic T-shirts:   Several people have requested our popular Mosaic T-shirts because they are well designed and always prompt conversations on the street.  They have arrived just in time for Christmas and will be available for purchase on our Advent Sundays.

The Jazz Church West presents the Lorca Hart Trio this Sunday at 5:00 pm. This fine combination of organ, drums and guitar will move you into your holiday groove.

Honey, honey?  Keep life sweet:  Enjoy the tastiest honey on the planet and keep the monks praying for us!  Wonderful Christmas gifts too.

Christmas Eve Schedule:  Children and Family Service at 5:00 pm; Candlelight and Communion at 10:00 pm.

Christmas Day:  Worship at 10:00 am.

I hope you come to find that which gives life a deep meaning for you… something worth living for, maybe even worth dying for… something that energizes you, enthuses you, enables you to keep moving ahead. I can’t tell you what it might be – that’s for you to find, to choose, to love.  (Sr. Ita Ford, martyr, Dec. 2, 1980)

Blessed Advent,  Pr. Steve