Living the Gospel in this Political Moment

In the last few weeks, we have heard words of endings, despair, violence, and fear. The words have come both from elected officials and our own psyches; bad news taking up the space of good news. What do we do with all of this? One of my spiritual rules is, “What you pay attention to grows.” If we only attend to bad news, that will grow in us; if we listen to good news – or the Good News – that will grow. The Gospel tells us something more: all that opposes God’s love will come to an end; the worst thing that can happen is never the last thing. So, I want to suggest a spiritual practice for the next few weeks: revolutionary hope. (Read more here)
This Week at St. Gregory's
This Sunday, October 11 - Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
  • Online Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Join in the worship using Zoom. If you are asked for a password it's nyssa1978.
  • Coffee hour will convene after the service as a time to be in community and fellowship with SGN friends. Stay in the zoom worship room to get connected.
  • Godly Play will meet at 11 AM in the Godly Play zoom room. If you are asked for a password it's Iwonder.
  • Icon Painters Group is meeting Sundays at 2:00 via Zoom (PW: Painting). Contact Betsy Porter for more info.
  • Story of a Saint will feature Florence Nightingale as told by Ellen Schell at 4:00 PM on Zoom (PW: Story).

Next Sunday, October 18 - Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
  • Online Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Join in the worship using Zoom. If you are asked for a password it's nyssa1978.
  • Coffee Hour will follow the service. Stay in the zoom room to enjoy this time of community.
  • Godly Play meets at 11:00 AM, Icon Painters meets at 2:00 PM and Story of a Saint meets at 4:00 PM. See above.
Our Shared Life
  • This week we pray for Libby McQuiston, who had double knee surgery on Monday.
  • The Wednesday lunchtime book study continues! We are reading Wil Gaffney's "Womanist Midrash". Meeting in Paul's zoom room at Noon.
  • The Contemplative Prayer Group meets weekly on Thursdays from noon to 12:45 on Zoom (password: Nyssa).
  • East Bay Evensong meets tomorrow, Thursday October 8th via Zoom at 7:00 PM. Contact Leesy Taggart for more information.
  • The parish re-gathering plan is available here.
  • Notice where you see God at work in the world, take pictures and share them - we'll post your photos in the newsletter.
The 10:00 Zoom Liturgy & You
We make church together every Sunday at 10:00 AM in the worship zoom room. If you would like to participate more fully, there are lots of ways that you can help make church.

You can learn how to sign the Lord's Prayer using this video. We're both singing and signing the Lord's Prayer every Sunday.

We're also looking for households who would like to make videos to share on Sundays, including a cross procession video (to play while we sing Holy God) and a drumming video (to play at the end of the service). If you'd like to help with videos, contact Peter.

Announcements from Friends and Partners
  • The Food Pantry continues as a neighborhood pop-up pantry. Pre-packed bags of food are distributed on Saturdays from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM or when all food has been given away.

  • AA will hold a Big Book Meeting at 10am Saturday via Webex or phone (1-650-215-5226) with access code 142 421 659.

  • NA will hold online meetings during this time. Visit the SFNA website for a list of meeting times.
One Last Thing...

Space to Create is a time to gather online and practice improvisation, discover new connections, and have a cracking good time. This is a space and scheduled time - space in one’s schedule and space in one’s head - to create. Join us this Friday, October 9, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. You can find the space here.
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