Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday Joys: Betsy Koester and Oscar Ramirez (February 22), Madison Oatley (February 26)
  • For the joy of having Chuck and Nancy Syverson worship with us
  • For the Chins as they travel in Asia and the Gundersons as they travel in Egypt
  • For all those affected by the school shooting in Florida and for an end to gun violence
  • Chuck Syverson for friends living in Parkland, Florida, whose children went to Stoneham Douglas High School; remembering the pain of the living
  • Dan Cudworth recognizing the high price we pay for arming the world
  • Kathy Gillam for all those suffering from the failure of Congress to pass DACA legislation, with prayers for wisdom and courage in our representatives
  • Susan Bradley for older undocumented folk, many of whom have lived in this country for a long time, especially for a painter she met last week who has lived in this country for over 20 years whose 18 year old father lives in fear for her dad
  • Pastor Gregory for all those affected by the 150 calls that have come into the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County recently concerning undocumented residents, encouraging us all to have Rapid Response training
  • For Don, Dustin, and Dylan Ha as they deal with the difficulties of serious water damage to their home
  • For Mosaic South Bay as it takes root and grows
  • Carolyn Shepard for the good work of Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy in the Santa Clara County jails, for the hope they provide for those in prison

The Time is Fulfilled (Sermon)

THE TIME IS FULFILLED
A Sermon preached by the
Rev. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Text: Mark 1:9-15

Up and down, up and down, this has been a week of high and lows as, indeed, are most of the weeks of our lives. In the midst of the spectacle of athletes from all over the world, coming together in Korea for the Olympic games, an angry, hate-filled young man mowed down seventeen people in a Florida high school. While young people from around the globe donned their skis and skates, their parkas and their sequins to show off their talent and skill, 19-year old Nikolas Jakob Cruz armed himself with a semi-automatic and acted out his rage on the students, teachers, and staff of his former school. While Olympic participants proclaimed their admiration for and friendship with competitors from vastly different cultures, Cruz was taking action on his recorded hate speech. One acquaintance said, “He fantasized, like, about the other things like Columbine, like Hitler. He fantasized those types of stuff.” She also observed that “He liked just hurting things.”

Continue reading The Time is Fulfilled (Sermon)

Praying with the People

  • Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:
    • Birthday Joys: Eileen Conover (February 16)
    • Chip Clark with gratitude for prayers for healing of his cold
    • Lois Ville for Eileen Conover who is facing hip surgery; for her sister, Carolyn, recovering well from a second back surgery and a cut on her leg
    • Melanie Ramirez for Alan Plessinger who has been organizing our “lunch Bunch; for a pleasant lunch last Sunday; for her cousin who has found a match for a kidney donation
    • Sachiko Berry, encouraging volunteers to help with upcoming elections
    • Pastor Rick, remembering Soo Kim and Doug and Hegene Lee as we watch the Olympics from South Korea
    • For all those affected by the school shooting in Florida and for an end to gun violence
    • For Mosaic South Bay as it takes root and grows
    • Carolyn Shepard for the good work of Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy in the Santa Clara County jails, for the hope they provide for those in prison

Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Endless Forms Most Beautiful
A Sermon preached by the
Rev. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Text: Mark 9:2-10
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore, but only Jesus. Continue reading Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • For Marylea McLean who reports a wonderful time celebrating her 90th birthday with family and friends
  • Paul Berry for helping the pastor (and the congregation) understand that “many” in Sunday’s Ancient Word (Mark 1:29-29) probably means something like “the many” so that it is likely Jesus healed “all” who were brought to him that day
  • Lois Ville for Eileen Conover who is facing hip surgery; for her sister, Carolyn, recovering from back surgery and a cut on her leg
  • Melanie Ramirez for a co-worker, Linda< whose father died last week
  • For Mosaic South Bay as it takes root and grows
  • For the good work of 10 Books a Home and of Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy in ths Santa Clara County jails

With Authority

WITH AUTHORITY
A Sermon preached by the
Rev. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Text: Mark 1:21-28
21They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching – with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. Continue reading With Authority

Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday Joys: Rick Mixon (February 1)
  • Paul Berry remembering how he once “cast out a demon” by treating a highly disturbed street person in Haiti by treating her with gentleness and respect
  • Welcome home to Pastor Gregory after his vacation
  • Pastor Rick for our church leaders and other volunteers to help with the work of the church
  • For Mosaic South Bay as it takes root and grows
  • For the good work of 10 Books a Home and of Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy in ths Santa Clara County jails