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A Season of Gratitude

IThree candlest’s difficult to believe it’s November 5 when it is 80 degrees outside with a cloudless sky. We have to be careful not to gloat though in this time of dire drought. If any of our friends out there have a few spare rain clouds they could send us, we would be more than grateful.

And speaking of being grateful, November marks a “Season of Gratitude.” As we are inundated with mandates to buy and consume, let’s remember that all we have is gift from God. In a spirit of gratitude for all that we have, I invite you to be generous in your support of our congregation and its ministries. Not only do we “make the road by walking,” it is a journey we are on together. It takes all of us, side by side, hand in hand, moving forward toward the future that God has for us as her children.

I’m reminded of a song, popular in the 70s, by Doris Ellzey Blessoff, which sings, “We’re travelin’ on a road we’ve never seen before, and, O, it’s hard to know which way to go, but somewhere there’s a promise ‘bout some distant shore that those who seek will someday know.” We may not know what lies ahead but as we journey together we trust that the way will become clear and God’s reign will be realized in and through us. So we share from that with which we have been entrusted to support one another along the way and move us closer to that “distant shore” where God’s creation will be once more fulfilled.

Sunday’s focus is on great biblical commandments – the Decalogue as well as the Great Commandments to love God and neighbor. The question we are asked to consider is what binds us from within and keeps us in slavery to its power? These great commandments can be quite liberating but we can also find ourselves enslaved by certain religious expectations and traditions. How does love ultimately set us free at the same time it calls us to responsibility?

In Adult Spiritual Formation we have begun a three part consideration of Dan Buttry’s Blessed Are the Peacemakers. We began with a time of sharing on what it might mean to be a saint or a hero and who some of our personal saints and heroes are. This week people in the class will introduce us to some of the peacemakers featured in Dan’s book – Ella Baker, Cesar Chavez, Thomasine Allen, the Berrigan brothers and others.

Come join us as we worship in community and learn together what it means to be a peacemaker. See you Sunday at 10:00 AM.

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick

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We are a progressive Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We have been in Palo Alto since 1893. We celebrate our Baptist heritage. We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, Religious Freedom

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