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                                                            GRACE NOTES

 

                             February 9, 2017                                                                                 Volume    X.2.2
  
  

Putting Christ’s Love into Positive Action

 

                              Worship –Spiritual Life & Intimacy with God – Outreach – Partnership in Ministry –

                                                                                                            Inclusion & Friendship  

 

 

FROM THE RECTOR
 
In the middle of last Sunday’s national liturgy, Super Bowl LI, I thought there was a glimpse of true religion. I had to wipe tears from my eyes when Lady Gaga bestrode the Houston stadium and sang “This land is your land”, and then repeated the Pledge of Allegiance with its promise of liberty and justice for all, before descending from the heavens and breaking into “I’m beautiful in my way ‘cause God makes no mistakes. I’m on the right track, baby. I was born this way.”
 
After the show, some sighed with relief, while others complained, that Lady Gaga had sidestepped any political statement, as if insisting on equality and inclusion before a worldwide audience of 110 million people was not a vastly political statement. Consider what she declared that day:
Don’t be a drag, just be a queen, Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent, You’re Lebanese, you’re Orient
Whether life’s disabilities Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today ‘Cause baby you were born this way
No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige, Chola or orient made
I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave
 
The meaning of ‘politics’ has been debased in our national discourse: the concept encompasses all the structures and values and assumptions and principles around which any society organizes itself. Just about everything we do and say is, in a sense, political: the Gospel is profoundly political, which is why Jesus was condemned and executed by a secular authority that perceived in his teaching and in his person a threat to its own hegemony. To imagine there is some impermeable barrier between what happens inside a church and what is taking place outside its walls is to impoverish both. The world needs be leavened by our witness, and we need to need to listen to the world to discern our mission. Our Prayers after Communion insist upon that connection, sending us out to do the work God has given us, faithfully witnessing to Christ our Lord.
 
Of course, not everyone missed what Lady Gaga was subtly conveying: in a love song she dedicated to America she sang,
I bow down to pray, I try to make the worst seem better
Lord, show me the way, To cut through all his worn out leather
I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away, But baby, I just need one good one to stay,
 
And in case you’re wondering, when Lady Gaga says she bows down to pray and tries to make the worst seem better – she does. The morning of Super Bowl she slipped into the back pew of Houston’s St Martin’s Episcopal Church to attend the 8am Eucharist.
 
And, finally, many people glimpsed in her performance a reminder of this nation genius: that, as The Atlantic summed up, “With competence and creativity, planning and professionalism, acceptance and hope, here’s what American greatness can really look like.”
 
My mama told me when I was young, We are all born superstars
She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on In the glass of her boudoir
“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are” She said, “Cause he made you perfect, babe”
 
 
On the weekend after Easter, Bishop Mary will be leading a Retreat on Grief and Recovery at Mt Hermon Camp and Conference Center. We know that dealing with loss is, in some ways, an endless process, and discovering how to live the Risen life elusive.  This retreat offers the support of a faith-based, safe community in which to process deep loss and the long-term work of recovery. Check in Friday afternoon, April 21st, finishing Sunday afternoon April 23rd. Details and registration available on the Diocesan website – realepiscopal.org/calendar
 
 
House meetings start this weekend – do sign up for one of you haven’t already done so. As I have mentioned before, these are NOT about fund-raising, although we can answer questions if needed. This is about our identity as a faith community, how we perceive ourselves and our unique mission here in Palo Alto. The risk of discussion straying onto other topics is always high, and so a special committee has been working exclusively on the agenda for these meetings. Please come prepared to stay on task and do some relatively serious reflection.
 
 
In the last few days you may have read about an Episcopal priest, Chris King, who has been arrested on Long Island, NY, on felony charges, including possession of child pornography and drug possession. Currently he is in custody: I understand it is a detox facility because of a methamphetamine addiction.
 
I did not recognize the name, but it has emerged that this man was sponsored for ordination by All Saints’ and is probably known to at least some of us. He was ordained long before Bishop Mary was called to this diocese, but she and others have studied the relevant documentation and certifications in the personnel files. There are no indications of any aberrant behavior, or that anyone suspected this individual might pose any kind of threat.
 
Child pornography is not a victimless crime: it is as impossible to estimate the injury it does to the children involved as to fathom the conscience of those who exploit them. My first prayer is for the victims whose lives continue to be so brutally damaged by this industry, and for the children involved in this instance. At the same time, clearly the accused in this case has many demons, and we can only commend him to God’s mercy and God’s justice.        TPG+
 
 
The 125TH ANNIVERSARY APPEAL has a goal of all pledges being received by March 31st 2017.
We are off to a wonderful start - $622,275 has been pledged against a total of $825,000.
We have received pledges from 21 parishioners so we still have a long way to go before we approach our goal.
We want to avoid one of those relentless NPR pledge drives – instead, let’s try to end the campaign earlier than anticipated. We have important projects waiting to be commenced as soon as the rain eases.
Thank you to those who have already supported this Appeal so generously!
 
 
ADULT FORUMS FOR FEBRUARY - The Adult Formation Committee is pleased to announce the following Adult Forums for February.
 
FEBRUARY 12 – SPIRITUALITY IN THE POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON  PART II
Parishioners JoAn and Bill Chace will offer a forum after the 10 a.m. celebration on the religious feeling expressed in selected poems by Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886).  This forum, led by two outstanding literary scholars, will give us a wonderful opportunity to consider a number of religious issues through the prism of Dickinson’s poetry.
 
JoAn Chace tells us that Dickinson was famously a hold-out against the process of "conversion" as practiced in the still-Calvinist Congregational churches in Amherst if her day (chiefly the 1840s-70s.)   Her family--mother, father, brother, sister--all gave themselves to Christ in a public way and joined the church, but she did not.   She doesn't explain why.  Her brother struggled with the doctrine of election: so many souls created, only to be sent to perdition.  The injustice troubled him.  Her father waited until he was 50 before going down on his knees as a "sinner not a lawyer."  She had a special feeling for Christ as a kind of fellow sufferer, a victim of an unreasonable Father who created but then absconded from his creation.  She does not seem to have made much of Christ's divinity.  In this perhaps she was following the Unitarian ministries emanating from Harvard.  She has grave doubts about Our Heavenly Father.
 
Yet she never loses touch with a sense that the divine appears in nature, and she never stops puzzling over the meaning of death.  An entry to paradise?  Or only to eternity?
 
About JoAn and Bill Chace.  JoAn Johnstone Chace is a writer, editor, and teacher of literature and composition.  She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.  William M. Chace is Professor Emeritus of English at Stanford and President Emeritus of Wesleyan University and President Emeritus of Emory University.  He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
 
 
FEBRUARY 26 - UPDATE ON THE WORK OF CRISTOSAL
Last year, our parish hosted and began supporting Cristosal, an NGO originally founded in the Episcopal Church and based in El Salvador that advances human rights in Central America through rights-based programming, research, and learning. Parishioner Kathy Veit recently joined Cristosal's board and, following her first board meeting in El Salvador, she will give us an update on Cristosal's work at a critical juncture where, with support from their first USAID grant, they are expanding their victim assistance program to Guatemala and Honduras. She will also talk about what changes in US immigration and asylum policies may mean for those fleeing violence in the "Northern Triangle" countries.  After both celebrations.
 
 
LECTORS:  LESSONS for Sunday, February 12, 2017
                                   
8:00 AM       First Reading:                  Deuteronomy 30:15-20                                                                                                                                  
10:00 AM     First Reading:                  Deuteronomy 30:15-20
                    Second Reading:                  1 Corinthians 3:1-9
 
 
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR ON VACATION  FEB. 13 – FEB 20TH.
Please note that Susan Reaves will be out of the office next week, returning on Tuesday, Feb. 21. 
Volunteers will be in the office most mornings to assist as possible.                                     
Please submit Grace Note announcements to Fr. Terry at tpgleeson@gmail.com
 
 
NEW TESTAMENT STUDY CONTINUES, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 7:30 p.m., ALL SAINTS' LIBRARY.  We will conclude our discussion of Paul's Letter to the Romans, focusing on chapters 12 through 16.   Please join us, even if you haven't read Romans recently.  Contact Phil Palmer at pmpalmer@sbcglobal.net or at 650.851.2599 for more information.
 
 
FAITH AND INNOVATION CONFERENCE
St Andrew’s, Saratoga, is conducting their next Faith and Innovation Conference on February 25th 2017. It will explore how we might find our way through the sweeping advances of innovation and technology. Drawing from ethics, spiritual wisdom, law, and philosophy, how will we create the "good life"? What are the consequences of not embracing technology with conscious intention? Bishop Mary will be one of the speakers.
 
Conference Topics
Ethics, Innovation, and the Good Life
A God's Eye View: Better Understanding our Planet Through Artificial Intelligence
The Importance of Law in an Era of Sweeping Technological Change
 
 
 
HOUSE PARTIES
Our 125th Anniversary kicks off with House Parties – a chance for you to meet other parishioners in homes to talk about what you are proudest of All Saints’ ministry during our last 25 years, and more importantly, what we’d like to do together to be recognized as “putting God’s love into action” 25 years hence.  The full schedule of House Parties, and the corresponding sign up sheets are in the Parish Hall – please sign up for a house party!  You can take the full schedule home and email Diane Frankle to sign up at diane.frankle@apks.com.  If you have limited transportation options, we have a March 12 session at All Saints’  after services.  Parents with small children can sign up with Brendan Walsh, who will coordinate a date and time with you all.  Thanks to all our hosts!  We are looking forward to being together! ~ Diane Frankle

 
STANFORD TALISMAN IN GALA FUNDRAISER FEB. 25
The wonderful world-music choir will hold their annual fund raiser at All Saints on Saturday, February 25, from 1-3 p.m., followed by a reception. There is no admission charge, but bring your checkbooks and credit cards as you will want to support their community and international efforts.
 
 
RODNEY GEHRKE IN RECITAL AT SONOMA STATE FEBRUARY 25
In case any members and friends might be interested in a wine country outing..... Rodney will play a recital at Sonoma State University on Saturday, February 25, at 8:00 p.m. The organ is a recently transplanted instrument by one of the finest builders in the world, John Brombaugh, in North German style. Rodney will play music by J.S. Bach and several 17th-century North German organists/composers, including Dieterich Buxtehude, Vincent Lübeck, and Matthias Weckmann. The recital is sponsored by the Sonoma Bach Society and will be preceded at 7:25 by a "BachGrounder" introduction to the recital by Rodney. For tickets and other information: www.sonomabach.org.
 
 
CHORAL EVENSONG FOR LENT – MARCH 5, 4PM
The All Saints' Choir offers another Choral Evensong on the First Sunday in Lent, March 5. Here are the musical highlights:
     Anthem: "O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht" (BWV 118) - J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
     Evening Canticles: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A Major - Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995)
     Anthem: "This is the Truth Sent from Above" - Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1959)
     Preces and Responses by John Karl Hirten (b. 1956) in memory of Colin Lane
Father Terry will officiate. As always, a lovely reception will follow. Join us and invite your family and friends.
  
 
SERVICE AND SERMON RECORDINGS
Service and sermon recordings are now available on Youtube: youtube.com/AllSaintsPaloAlto.
Many thanks to Allyn Stott for making this possible!
  
 
 
CALENDAR


 
FEBRUARY
 
9 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
 
10 Friday– Parish Office Closed
6:00 PM French Film Club: PH
 
11 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
 
12 Sunday
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH
10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School: Room 21
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH
11:30 AM Adult Forum
 
13 Monday 


14 Tuesday
 
15 Wednesday
7:30 PM New Testament Study Group: LB
 
16 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
 
17 Friday– Parish Office Closed
 
18 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
 
19 Sunday
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH
10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School: Room 21
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH
4:00 PM New Esterhazy Concert: CH
 
20 Monday 


21 Tuesday
7:00 PM Vestry Meeting: CF
 
22 Wednesday
 
23 Thursday
8:10 AM Continuing the Conversation: YR
10:00 AM Art Workshop:  CF
 
24 Friday– Parish Office Closed
 
25 Saturday
9:30 AM Altar Guild: CH
1:00 PM Talisman Gala: CH
8:00 PM California Bach Society: CH
 
26 Sunday
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH
9:15 AM Adult Forum
10:00 AM Godly Play Sunday School: Room 21
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist: CH

 

11:30 AM Adult Forum

 

 

CF Conference Rm, CPL Chapel, CH Church, FR Fireplace Rm, LBLibrary,  MP Multi-Purpose Rm., PH Parish Hall.