Reflection from your Co-Pastors
Monday, May 10, 2021

This reflection is recorded by Pastor Jane. Listen to the recording here.

We are in the Easter Season with a beautifully long wet spring. How like this long cool/hot spring is our spiritual journey! Breathe it in, savor it like the daffodils. Breathe in the Risen Holy One who beckons us closer.

A line from yesterday’s Gospel that I’m savoring is line 15, “I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what the slave owner is doing. I call you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from the Beloved.” CCL

I am struck by Jesus telling us everything

by he heard from the Beloved.

And I am struck by We are friends.

Jesus tells us everything still today. We can hear that sacred voice, that ‘everything’ maybe in our heads or our gut or our hearts; maybe in a book, a lecture, or casual conversation. We know when we are struck and we know what we are supposed to do. The catch is that we can only hear it if we are open to hearing the sacred voice. If our hearts are hardened by anger, or closed by depression, or blocked by obsession or self-will or jealousy, we cannot hear. Then, we pray for openness; we dig within ourselves for authenticity and honest humility. We remember our brokenness and we surrender to the One who calls.

Jesus heard from the Beloved and what message was heard? God is love and love one another. Oh, right, sometimes it seems so easy and sometimes it seems so hard. This radical message of Jesus, continually re-sent by Christ through grace, charisms, virtues, talents and skills. In our cosmic, swirling circle of life, we have the Being who reflects us, who we reflect, at our Core. Personal and Collective gathering in and into, carrying the love out. How does this happen?

“Nothing is more practical than finding God,
falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in
the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart, and
what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love,
and it will decide everything.”
Pedro Arrupe, SJ
We are friends. The Holy Sacred One and you and us and all of Creation.
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Upcoming Outdoor Service
Mark your Calendar - May 23
For our first outdoor mass at **11:00 am **
Please mark your calendars for our first outdoor Mass on the grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church on May 23rd at 11:00 a.m. This mass will be available to attend in person on the lawn, from your car or via Zoom.
St Paul's Episcopal gathering for their outdoor service
The Hospitality Ministry Invites You to Stay
If you can stay afterwards, you are invited to bring a sack lunch and drink to enjoy after Mass. It should be a beautiful day. ( But in case of inclement weather, an email will go out the night before to advise everyone.)
Masks are mandatory and social distancing observed. We will enjoy live music with Bill Smith. Though congressional singing is restricted, we all can hum with enthusiasm! The grass will be marked with a 10 foot square for each family/individual. Bathrooms are available.
So please join us! Bring a mask, a chair (chairs will be provided for those who cannot carry one in) and a sack lunch if you wish for after Mass.

This will be our first outdoor service - we're still working with our 301 Faith Partners on scheduling our services. We cannot wait to see & worship with you in person!
Prayer Requests and Service Recordings
Praying for peace, health and well-being through challenging times

+Patricia - sister of Co-Pastor Rosean
+Jarrid Stout - friend of Michael Six
+Adele Eastman - friend of Co-Pastor Jane
+Hope - granddaughter of Co-Pastor Rosean

+Rob Frank - friend of Kerrie Anderson - member
+Jerry Padilla, father and Ryan Cordova nephew of Lisa Jones - member
+Joanne Gallagher - member, and for her sister, Dr. Barbara Immroth

+Aidan - grandson of Mother Kae.
+Lauren Roob - friend of Rosanna Bateman
+Liz and Ken Zornes and family, whose daughter is struggling with addiction - friends of Sandra and Dick Life

+Michael Keefe, son of member Yvonne Keefe
+Dona Bosse - member
+Rosemary - Fr Michael's mother
+Dani - niece of the Cloyds - members
+Jim and Lucille Bowen friends of Suzanne King, member
+Ruth Parker, sister of Dori Carroll
+Leo Sixfather of Michael Six
+Mike Gudim
+Suzanne King - member

For the peaceful repose of souls for those who've passed and comfort for the families.
Mary Crosby - member
Clint Wisdom - brother-in-law of Joan Chapman-Smith
Leon - father of Mother Cynthia
Kristin - daughter of ECC priest Scott Jenkins.

Joan Kneeland - sister-in-law of Bill Kneeland
Rita Ortiz, friend of Deacon Rosean
Margie Weitz - member
Chris Bachman, friend of Lisa Jones

Bob, husband of Joyce Dehaven - friend of Cathy Engel
David Heyman -member
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Service Recordings
View the recording for 6th Sunday in Easter,
May 9 here. For the homily of Co-Pastor Dcn Rosean Amaral, click here. Here is a printed version of the liturgy to assist with prayer.

This Mother's Day we also reflected on the mothers and families who lost their children to violence.
For all bulletins, reflections, Sunday recordings during, visit our webpage. Please contact us with questions, concerns and ideas for better connection with and for the community -

Newsletters of Trinity Lutheran Church and the St. Paul's Episcopal  
What are our partners in ministry up to? Go here for the Trinity Lutheran Church monthly newsletter, "Tidings". And here is St Paul's weekly bulletin