If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
John 14:15

God's Grandeur
By Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

This Sunday - The Feast of Pentecost
This Sunday we mark the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' disciples and celebrate the birthday of the Church. In most Churches, clergy wear red vestments on Pentecost to signify the work of the Spirit. It eventually became customary in many parishes, including ours, for the congregation to wear red as well. All are invited to wear red to remind us of the fire of the spirit. 
  • Worship:  8:00 a.m. Spoken Eucharist and 10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist in the Church; Creative Holy Play for preschool through pre-teen during the 10:15 a.m. service. Lessons can be found here.
  • Additional Readers Still Needed for Pentecost Sunday:  Do you speak a language other than English? Are you willing to add your voice to make a joyful and chaotic sound this Sunday? We are looking a few more people to read part of the lesson from Acts aloud from their seat in several different languages. If you are interested in taking part in this, please contact Deanne at and let her know which language you speak. She will send you confirmation details tomorrow (Friday) on when and how to take part. Thank you / Gracias / Merci / Grazi / Danke, etc.! 
  • Choir Rehearsal:  9:00 a.m. in the Church
  • The Forum:  9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room. This week we continue our Book Study of Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. On Sunday we will discuss Chapters 3 and 4. Even if you aren't able to read this in advance you're very welcome to join the conversation.  
    • June 16: Chapters 5 and 6
  • Youth Group:  meets after the 10:15 a.m. service. 
  • Coffee Hour:  We will continue our Pentecost celebration with a festive Coffee Hour after the 10:15 a.m. service with balloons and special cakes for every month of the year where we will celebrate all of our birthdays along with the Church. Pick your birthday month, or take a nibble from each offering -- Happy Birthday, Christ Church!!!
  • Outreach Committee:  11:45 a.m. in the Conference Room
  • Convivium Rehearsal:  5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Ventana's 5th Grade Legacy Project

The 5th Grade class organized and managed a very successful bake sale to raise funds for their Legacy Project. As they graduate today, the finishing touches are going on the outdoor stage they designed and built with the help of their teachers Amanda Stewart and Janey Ward, and Science teacher and tinkering master Rick Murphy. This will be a wonderful platform for school and church use. Thank you to the Sapphire Room!
Upcoming Events

Viva Handel! Convivium and the Stanford Baroque Soloists - TONIGHT
Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford University
Next Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m., Christ Church's Living Harmony concert series offer Viva Handel! The chamber choir Convivium, under the direction of Eric Tuan, joins forces with the Stanford Baroque Soloists, directed by Anthony Martin, in a performance of G.F. Handel's Foundling Hospital Anthem. This moving late work - Handel's final piece of English church music - closes with a rousing reprise of the ever-popular "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah.

A Ruby Necklace
Parishioners Loretta Guarino Reid and Eleanor Rieffel sing with the Bay Choral Guild, whose upcoming 40th anniversary concert was inspired by the tradition of rubies on one's 40th anniversary. Come celebrate with the choir as they mine some of the greatest a cappella hits from their first four decades, including Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude, Brahms’ Schaffe in mir, Gott, Dole’s Invitation to a Voyage, and Bogoroditse Devo from Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil. Completing the Ruby Necklace will be newly acquired gems by Antognini,Trumbore, Svilainis, Elder, DiOrio, and Templeton. Artistic Director Sanford Dole will give a preview lecture one half hour before each performance. Tickets are General: $30 / Senior: $25 / Student: $10 if you order them through Eleanor Rieffel. Let her know if you'd like some tickets at

Friday, June 7, 8:00 p.m, in Campbell
Campbell United Methodist Church

Saturday, June 8, 4:30 p.m., in Palo Alto
First Congregational Church

Sunday, June 9, 4:30 p.m., in San Francisco
St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church

End of Year BBQ
Join us for the Christ Church and Ventana School end of year/beginning of summer celebration BBQ next Friday, June 7, 4:30 p.m. on the Lower Lawn (grilled food will be available starting at 5:00 p.m.). The Parish will grill hamburgers, hot dogs, as well as a vegetarian option, and provide set up, all the condiments and paper goods. Ventana families will be bringing side dishes and desserts, and the school’s parent organization, VePA, will provide drinks and clean-up support. This event is a great way for our larger community to kick off the summer. Please contact Dennis Hawkins at or 408-717-0054 if you'd like to volunteer.

Coming Next in The Forum 
Beginning Sunday, June 23, 9:00-10:00 a.m., The Forum will return to Reading Between the Lines. Reading Between the Lines offers a different way to engage in Bible stories, to connect them with the world around us, and to explore the resonances those stories stir in our inmost depth. Some forms of Bible study treat the Bible as an objective teacher, a ground for doctrine, or a quaint historical record, others look to it as a book of rules for behavior. Reading Between the Lines invites you to use your imagination as well as your intellect, intuition and reason. The assumption of this approach is that the biblical text and story is not about you, it is you. Come join the discussion!

Organ Recital: Ethan Haman
The final offering of this season's Living Harmony concert series will be on Sunday, June 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the church (free admission). Join us for a recital spanning four centuries of organ music by organ virtuoso Ethan Haman. Featuring works by Rossi, de Grigny, J.S. Bach, Franck, Messiaen, and Widor, this free program offers an opportunity to hear Haman before he begins graduate studies in organ performance at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music in the fall. In addition to serving as organist at Christ Church from 2011 to 2015, Haman has played numerous full organ recitals in the S.F. Bay Area, Salinas, Los Angeles, Reno, and Harvard University as well as shared concerts in several notable venues such as San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, Stanford University’s Memorial Church, Notre Dame d’Auteuil in Paris, Christ Church Cathedral in Montréal, and Los Angeles’ Union Station. Haman recently graduated from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, where he received joint degrees in pipe organ performance and composition as a Presidential Scholar. 

Save The Date - Upcoming Events
Sunday, June 23, 12:00 p.m.:  Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, June 26, 5:30 p.m.:  Summer BBQ
Wednesday, July 10, 5:30 p.m.:  Summer BBQ
Saturday, July 20, 5:00 p.m.:  Family Movie & Pizza Night
Sunday, July 28, 12:00 p.m.:  Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, July 31, 5:30 p.m.:  Summer BBQ


Next Week at Christ Church
See full church calendar here.
Office Hours:  Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Missed Church Last Sunday? You can read recent service bulletins here, and watch and/or read the sermon here. 

Meditation Group Summer Break
Our Thursday evening meditation group will take a summer break from June 20 until September 12, the first Thursday after "Rally Sunday" on September 8. This means that we'll meet two more times - tonight and the 13th - before going on hiatus. 

Documentary Screening - Behind the Bullet
Members of the Christ Church Social Justice Committee will be attending of a screening of the documentary Behind the Bullet, on Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m., at the Los Altos United Methodist Church. Anyone interested is welcome to join them. The film looks at four people who pulled a trigger and the impact that has had on their lives. Organizers said the movie offers a novel perspective on gun violence. Free tickets for the screening can be obtained at

Memorial Service for Herschel Gott
Long time parishioner Herschel Gott died on May 29. There will be a memorial service held at Christ Church on Saturday, June 22, at 1:00 p.m. The service will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Looking for Room to Rent
Message from choir and Convivium member Frances Molyneux:
After the success I had reaching out to the Christ Church community when I was looking for a place to stay last summer (and with many grateful thanks to Paul and Vicki Kojola, who took me in), I am once again reaching out for help in finding a short-term housing situation. I am looking for a room from August (or perhaps a few weeks earlier) through the end of 2019, and would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who knows of a possible place for me. I can be contacted at Thank you! 

Expanding Horizons: The Diocesan Capital Campaign
The Diocese of California is currently running a capital campaign intended to sustain its ministry and that of member institutions through initiatives in four key areas: global outreach and advocacy, essential housing, congregational support, and creation care. More information on the Expanding Horizons campaign can be found here. The Diocese is asking that all parishes support this initiative in one of many possible ways. The vestry decided at our April meeting to provide information about the campaign to parishioners for four weeks in June, through Sunday, June 23, and invite direct donations by those who feel so moved. 

Are you a Climate Champion?
The Episcopal Church has been acting in care of the Earth, our fragile island home, for years. The Diocese of California invites you to explore an exciting web-based tool that is helping Episcopalians live more sustainably, Sustain Island Home. It is a hopeful, fun app that enables families to measure their carbon footprint, take actions to reduce it, and aggregate our impact within our parishes, across the Diocese, and nationally. As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminds us, “All of God’s creation is interconnected. The love that thrust the stars into the heavens themselves is the same love that gave birth and created the earth itself and all of the earth’s children, wherever they may be.” Learn more about the app here. Contact Nancy Grove to learn how you can get involved in this ministry Like us on Facebook!

Have an Announcement for the Thursday Newsletter or Sunday Herald?
Please submit items to Deanne ( by Tuesday, 12 noon, for that week's newsletter and Herald. Depending on timing of an event and content already submitted, we may decide to wait a week and would notify you if that were the case. We usually start publicizing events there weeks prior to the event.
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