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Members Email of October 3, 2019

We’re into the “hard words” of Jesus now. It’s that time of year. In Nazi-martyred Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, we’re in “cost of discipleship” territory because, according to Jesus, grace is not cheap and discipleship is not easy. Jesus’ words are important for us to ponder as we live through these perilous days.

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Members Email of September 26, 2019

September 29 is the Day of Saint Michael and All Angels as well as the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. At the 9:00 a.m. Mass is in the Nevelson Chapel, Pastor Stahler presides and preaches. At the 11:00 a.m. Mass, Finn Louis La Cava will be baptized by his grandfather, Pastor David Bonde of Los Altos Lutheran Church, Los Altos, California…

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Members Email of September 19, 2019

This Sunday, the fifteenth after Pentecost, we will solemnly commemorate the introduction of African slavery to our hemisphere. In late August 1619, a ship landed on the shores of Virginia, on a continent known by its current inhabitants as Turtle Island. This ship held humans that were kidnapped from their lands in Africa. Upon landing in the colony, these human beings, with broken hearts and bodies, were sold as enslaved people. The world still feels the effects of this enslavement today. To help us in this struggle, I’ve asked Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood and Chairman, The U.S. Council of African-American Imams to preach at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.

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Members Email of September 5, 2019

We begin this Program Year this Sunday, the Thirteenth after Pentecost, with Prayer of the Day: Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who, lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

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Our Ministry Together in the Year Ahead

Ever since the Mass of the Resurrection for Pastor Damm last June, I’ve been urged by a variety of people — colleagues, bishops, Saint Peter’s leaders and members — to state, as accurately and definitively as possible, the expectations and mutually agreed-upon timeline for the conclusion of our ministry together; the transition to a new pastor; and Carole’s and my plans for our next adventure in our life together.

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Members Email of August 29, 2019

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” That’s the way the first sentence of this Sunday’s second reading from Hebrews 13 is translated in the King James Version of the Bible. It’s a good way to conclude, and begin a Program Year, which is what we do on September 1 of every year…

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Members Email of August 22, 2019

As we gather at Christ’s table on August 25, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, two of our readings focus our attention on the city, summoning all to “love and serve the city” and presenting us with a template for that loving and serving: “Zion, the city of the living God.”

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Members Email of August 8, 2019

On August 11, the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Jesus makes this clear ”It’s all about the table at which God gathers everyone and the “table etiquette” is determined solely by God. Needless to say, at Christ’s table people of every time and every place and every background are welcome!

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Members Email of August 1, 2019

Today, August 1, marks the beginning of my twenty-third year of ministry with the people of Saint Peter’s Church. All day, I’ve been giving God thanks and praise for all of you and all we’ve been able to do together to “creatively shape life in the city.”

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Members Email of July 1, 2019

Saint Peter’s Church is closed from Thursday, July 4 through Saturday, July 6. There are no meetings or programs at the church during this holiday break. July 7 is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost and on this day Jesus surprises his followers with the power they have through him to defeat the forces of evil in the world.

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Members Email of June 27, 2019

This Sunday at Saint Peter’s Church, we celebrate our name day by observing the Day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (June 29). I was in Rome for this festival last year and found myself remarkably near the altar for the outdoor mass -- an up-close view of the liturgical celebration.

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