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Monday, January 14, 2019

Dear all,

There is water coming from the heavens as I write this morning. Yesterday, we celebrated the Baptism of Our Lord, and I wondered in my sermon, with some more seasoned theologians than I, if John the Baptist got it wrong, and if the baptism of the Holy Spirit was more about the fire of Love (rather than judgment), which nothing can quench. 

I am so often aware of my reflexive, even sometimes unconscious need to project myself on others. (From how I drive to what I long's so ingrained that I hardly notice it.)

I am also aware of a powerful desire to be free of this burden – to not make assumptions or conclusions about, say, the driving habits of others; the choices of others that make me sad, frustrated, or pained; the way I want us all to be my idea of "whole" people.

And, of course, that's God's work, not mine. 

The idea that Jesus came be the one who takes away our need for sacrifice (the sacrifice of others, of our own judgments, the cultural need for outsiders/scapegoats) is one of such profound freedom. It's also very hard work. 

I'm offering up, in my prayers, my desire to live into this way of deepest peace. Join me in your prayers?

May God's healing love light us each on fire with the desire to be alight for Christ, to let God be God, and to be free in God's love.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. My sermon from yesterday is here.
2019 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 27

Bring a dish to share, and an open and inquiring heart
as we gather for this time of important work. 
In addition to receiving reports from our ministries,
our financial status, and electing officers, 
we'll be sharing important conversations about the future of
our life together, the space where we worship, and more. 
The magi brought
gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

For our celebration of Jesus, we need beverages.
Please bring your Epiphany gifts (of wine and/or grape juice). 

Any purple grape juice is fine.
We still need about 12 bottles of purple grape juice.
For the wine, please purchase the port pictured below.
It's about $6.50 at Trader Joe's. (Porto Morgado  – RUBY
We need about 6 more bottles of wine.
Worship Rota for
Sunday, January 20, 2019

(The Second Sunday after the Epiphany)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Altar Guild:     Sondra Lavrov, Deborah Tabor
Coffee hour:     No Host Coffee Hour
Counters:          Mary Doleman, Sondra Lavrov

Lectors:              Sondra Lavrov
Ushers:               Mary Lee Cole, Beth Beller
Visitor greeter:  Deb Jesch

Parish Cycle of Prayer
Barbara Counsell is home and on hospice care. Please contact Stuart Counsell if you'd like to visit: 510-604-8060.

Barbara Lindgren is now at La Casa Via Transitional Care Center, 1449 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. She will be there for several weeks – cards (and visits) are welcomed!

Talbot and Carole Richardson have moved to Lakeside Park Memory Care near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Their new address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610. New direct phone #: (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome!

Please also pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William Langston, Tim Sisson, and Charlotte Wilson. (If you would like to be on this list, or know of other parishioners who should be noted here, please let us know.)

In our regular cycle of prayers this week, please remember:
Becky Osborn-Coolidge; Paul and Imogen Osborn; Karen and Dan Parolek, Abby and Noah; Celia I. Ann Partington

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Peter's, Redwood City; Trinity/St. Peter's, San Francisco.

Birthdays: Jessica Sevey (Wednesday)

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
Episcopalians United Against Gun Violence
invites you to join them live online for Friday prayers.
Each week, a different Bishop from across the Episcopal Church leads the prayers. You can find it on Facebook
hereWant to know more about the group? Their Facebook page is here.

Project Peace 2019 Speaker Series
invites you to "Remembering Rightly"
Details below.
For tickets, click

This Week 
   Monday, January 14
           Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

    Tuesday, January 15
           Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

   Wednesday, January 16
           Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
Healing Prayer Service  12 p.m. in the Library
           Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm

            Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

     Thursday, January 17
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library 
             Benedictine Spirituality Group 
                        6-8 p.m. in the Library

                 Tai Chi 6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall       

   Friday, January 18
Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
                8 am in the Kitchen

Sunday, January 20
            Worship at 10 am in the Sanctuary
             Vestry meets at 11:45 in the Library              
            Third Sunday Concert Series  - Veretski Pass                               4:00 pm in the Parish Hall (see flyer below)

               HOOT! Special Edition: Karma Rains sings Bjork
                      7:30-9:00 pm in the Parish Hall   $15  More info

                   Next Week

Monday, January 21
       Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

  Tuesday, January 22
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

  Wednesday, January 23
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
      Healing Prayer Service  12  pm in the Library
          Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm
          Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

 Thursday, January 24
        Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
       Benedictine Spirituality Group 6-8 pm in the Library        
          Tai Chi 6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

   Friday, January 25
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
8 am in the Kitchen

     Sunday, January 27
           Worship at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
          Annual Meeting and Brunch follow, in the Parish Hall 


Looking for great music in 2019? 

Tickets now on sale for the

1st three concerts of 2019:

Veretski Pass (Klezmer!)

Evan Price/Lewis Patzner (Jazz!)

Quinteto La Moderna (Cuban!)

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