God's People

From the Pastor

God's PeopleThank you all for your cards, condolences and kind words on the death of my sister, Joan. I will be headed to Boise this Wednesday, April 22, to conduct the memorial service and see my family. I will be back on Saturday in time for the Evergreen Planning Meeting as well as worship and the Quarterly Business Meeting on Sunday. We all have our ways to handle loss. It has been good for me to have my classes to teach at PSR and ABSW and The Choral Project. Both of these feed me as does the opportunity to share life and ministry with you all. Thanks for every effort you make to live into the Beloved Community of God.

In a bit of shameless shilling, I would like to encourage any and all of you within range to attend one of The Choral Project concerts this weekend – Friday night in our Sanctuary, Saturday evening in Santa Cruz and Sunday afternoon at Mission Santa Clara. (Details at www.choralproject.org/)The brief but powerful program explores some music of incredible spiritual depth and beauty. Under the theme, “Chiaroscuro,” we sing of the interplay of light and dark. What is especially meaningful to me at this moment is the way God is present and active in the darkness as in the light.

Sunday we continue our journey into a “Global Uprising” with consideration of “The Uprising of Discipleship.” The texts for the week cover Jesus’ call and commissioning of his followers to walk the Way and carry out his ministry of bringing the Beloved Community on earth in the here and now. How do we respond, centuries later, to the echoing call to “feed my sheep,” to “tend my lambs,” to heal the sick, to care for the needy, to spread the Good News far and wide?

In Adult Spiritual Formation we welcome representatives of the United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford, a ministry which we helped found and have long supported. They will update us on the work that they are doing among progressive Christians at the university.

Please be here by 10:00 AM on Sunday for worship and Sunday School and stay for Adult Spiritual Formation. What better time to bring others along to share in the life of our community than this blessed Easter season?

May we continue to grow together as God’s people.

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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