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ASH WEDNESDAY: A Prayer of Confession in the Aftermath of the Mass Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida
Oh God, who hears the cries of your children, on this Ash Wednesday we remember that we are dust, and unto dust we shall return.
But not this way, Holy One, not now. It is far too soon to watch even one more child go down to the dust, let alone so many. These your children, their lives ended by another unspeakable act of violence, deserved our care, our protection, our joyful witness as we watched them grow into the fullness of adulthood. But we have failed. We have not kept our schools safe and our children free from terror. We have not found a way to stem this rising flood of gun violence.
Oh Christ who said, let the children come to me and do not hinder them, comfort these lost and wounded ones, shelter them and their grieving families under the shadow of your wings.
Help us to find the way to free our children from fear that hinders their ability to grow, to thrive.
Walk alongside families and friends who now enter the valley of the shadow.
Oh God, hear our prayers. We are wandering in a wilderness of relentless violence, we are lost.
Our mouths are filled with dust as we taste the bitterness of rage and the first fruits of grief.
Our hearts are broken at the loss of these young lives and the shattering of so many families, and like our forebears, we would cover our heads with dust and rend our garments to show the depth of our sorrow and pain.
Crucified and Human One, who walked through the valley of the shadow of death for our sake, help us. Walk with us through the dark valley. In this Lenten season, give us the courage to face our brokenness and lack of will to make peace in our communities, our cities, our schools. Give us the wisdom to open our eyes and speak truth to power. Show us a way out of this wilderness. Give us strength to make our Lenten discipline one of remembrance, repentance, and action on behalf of those whose lives are being shattered every day. Let this be our fast.
In the name of the Suffering Servant, Jesus, we pray. Amen. The Reverend Dr. Laurie A Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Sundays and More
Week of March 18, 2018
Forward in Faith Gatherings
Still want to sign up for a Forward in Faith dinner or brunch? You can sign up here - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4faaae2fa1fb6-forward
Lenten Can Collection
You are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for the Marin Food Bank during the Sundays of Lent: March 18 – canned chili.
Parents of Youth Focus Group Sunday, March 18, 11:15am
We're in the process of writing an original curriculum for the youth of WPC. We would love some feedback from our parents before launching it in the fall. Join Jeff Shankle in the Youth Room.
REST Dinner Sunday March 18
WPC will be hosting 40+ homeless men. Please help by providing homemade, nourishing food for this dinner. Sign up in the narthex or contact Jeanine Dworak (415) 384-0691, . Food can be left in the WPC kitchen (labeled “Men’s REST) on 3/18 before 5:00pm.
Yoga to Enliven Spirit Mondays, March 19-April 30, 9:30am
Have you been curious about yoga or are eager to begin your practice anew? Begin your work week experiencing breath-centered yoga sessions with WPC member and yoga teacher Erin Elliott. Half of proceeds will benefit the capital campaign. Contact Erin ( or erinelliottyoga.com) with questions. $15 suggested donation.
Council of Dads Thursday, March 22, 6:00pm
This group meets the 4th Thursday of each month for a light supper and discussion of issues facing dads of all ages, offering access to ideas and voices of experience in an informal and collegial setting. This is a nice opportunity to deepen relationships with a cross-section of WPC men. For more information contact Peter Sayers at .
March for Our Lives Saturday, March 24, 1:00pm
Community, carpool, and group poster making! Help us build the Westminster team attending the student-led movement to demand safety become a priority and that we end gun violence in our schools. SF Civic Center; RSVP to Trigg McLeod, . More info at www.marchforourlives.com
Refugee Collection Drive Through March 25
Over the next two weeks, we are collecting household essentials that the International Rescue Committee will use to welcome refugee families. More information can be found here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4FAAAE2FA1FB6-refugee. Contact Trigg McLeod, .
Women Connecting Tuesday, March 27, 6:30pm
Our group of women meets monthly to respond to a relevant faith/life questions over dinner. Our presenter this month will be Polly Chandler on the topic of "do we listen with empathy or sympathy"? If you are new to Women Connecting, please RSVP to Judy Friede at ; meet in Findlay Hall.
Worship during Holy Week
March 25 Palm Sunday- 8:30am & 10:00am
Worship with Palm Processional
March 29 Maundy Thursday-Communion services:
10:30am Andy Johnson’s home in Tiburon
2:30pm Bonnie Steven’s home in San Rafael
6:30pm Westminster Sanctuary
7:30pm Sayer’s home in Greenbrae
March 30 Good Friday Service
12 Noon - Contemplative Worship
April 1 Easter Sunday – *9:00am & *11:00am Celebration of the Resurrection
(*note service time changes)
Maundy Thursday Communion Services March 29
We will have several Communion services throughout the day on Maundy Thursday at various locations. See the clipboards in the narthex to sign up for the gathering you would like to attend, or email Bethany.
All Church 24-Hr Prayer Vigil March 30, 12:00pm- March 31, 12:00pm
A unique opportunity for us to pray together as a church: for our community, our church, our family and ourselves. We hope to have as many of us as possible to be praying together to move Forward in Faith. Sign-ups for specific hours are in the narthex; we need every hour filled for a constant 24-hour prayer. More questions? Sharon Terrill 415-216-6295 or
Easter Dinner at Voyager Carmel Sunday, April 1
Can you bring a dish for an Easter feast for our 25 friends at the Voyager Carmel residence in San Rafael? Can you serve food and socialize from 1:00 - 2:30? Sign up is on the poster in the narthex or contact Liz Arnold at 415-306-2820 or . Food can be brought on Easter Sunday.