Wherever you go, I will go;
and wherever you stay, I will stay.
Your people will be my people,
and your God will be my God.
Wherever you die, I will die,
and there I will be buried.
May the Lord do this to me and more so
if even death separates me from you.”
For our final week in our Forging Friendship learning journey, we used the story of Ruth and Naomi as an invitation into deep and sacred unlikely/uncommon friendship. The words from Ruth 1:16-17 (above) are most often heard at weddings or speaking of romantic relationships, but Ruth spoke them to Naomi as an invitation into an unlikely and uncommon friendship.
Together we read a liturgy by William Breault, SJ, which recognized our own fears and the desperate need for reconciliation in the pursuit of these sacred relationships.
Reflect, write, and share your thoughts! #forgingfriendship
Find previous parts of our learning journey online on our podcast.
Join us next Sunday as we jump back into the final leg of our journey through Mark's story of Jesus!
We are in the midst of the LENT PROJECT, a 40-day journey of experiencing this season in a unique, communal, and experiential way. Visit opendooreastbay.com/lent for an overview of the journey and practices week by week.
Join us for one, or all, of our Easter gatherings!
Good Friday Passion Sojourn
Evening of Friday, April 14th at St. Paul's, times TBD
Easter Resurrection Hike
6am on Easter morning, April 16th at the Shell Ridge trailhead near Indian Valley Elementary School in Walnut Creek
Easter Celebration Gathering
5pm on Easter evening, April 16th, at St. Paul's
The next day of SPACE has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 22nd! There will not be an event on March 25th.
SPACE is a one day event, crafted and curated for you to stop, breathe, listen and move forward. The event will take place from 9am-3pm in the bay area, and is kid-friendly! For more information and to sign up, visit opendooreastbay.com/space
Open Door Kids
Open Door Kids Memory Verse
"How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you."
Everyday Story, by Robin Stearns
About 3 years ago during Lent we were challenged here at Open Door to give up comfort such as warm showers or comfortable beds for one week. During that week I chose to sleep on the floor of my room instead of my nice warm bed. I tried to find some sort of comfort on the floor, but it was anything but comfortable. After the third night I recalled a few years before, friends of mine had raised money to provide sleeping kits for children in Uganda. I decided to figure out if their organization, Raise the Roof, still donated these kits, which they did. I donated a few kits (mattress, blanket, & mosquito net) helping these children have a more comfortable night sleep, and keeping them safe from mosquitoes. Since then I have become involved in Raise the Roof by sponsoring 2 girls, and going to Uganda to be involved in the children’s lives. Becoming involved with the lives of these children has been the best 3 years of my life.
An Invitation: I invite you to look at ways you can dive in deeper to organizations you support and get hands on. Also if you are interested I am always looking for additional volunteers to join me in Uganda.
Have a story you'd like to share? Please submit yours at opendooreastbay.com/everyday-stories