Rev. Rick Mixon

Preparing for Advent

Rev. Rick MixonThank you to Doug and Hegene Lee who gave us an excellent report on socially responsible entrepreneurship and their experiences in Haiti. The specific project has to do with providing potable water for villages in Haiti and a company that is providing that. We learned about the company, Ovide, its founder, Stanford grad Jimmy Chu and the work Hegene did as an inter, cleaning and filling water containers. We also saw some of Hegene’s excellent photography.

This Sunday we will tackle one of those tough texts, Mark’s “little apocalypse” in the 13th chapter. The disciples are much impressed with the grandeur and beauty of the temple but Jesus has a very different perspective. He foresees it’s destruction. Of course, Mark’s gospel may well have been written after that destruction actually occurred in AD 70. Regardless, for Mark Jesus is making a remark about what matters in religion. His comment flows naturally from the conversations he has been having with some of the practitioners of temple worship who don’t seem to get what it’s really all about. We’ll try to unpack some of this Sunday.

After worship, we will hold an Advent Planning Workshop in which you are all invited to participate – children, youth and adults. The over all theme this year is “Love Came Down.” We share a little about the “big picture,” then break into smaller groups to work on the worship services for Advent. We hope you will have ideas about liturgy (prayers and readings,) songs, décor, creative activities, etc. We would like for Advent to be as meaningful for all of us as possible, We will likely go to till 1:00 PM this Sunday to provide for plenty of time for sharing. You may remember that we did something like this a couple of years ago, led by our intern, Naomi Schulz and found it added a lot to our Advent experience.

See you Sunday at 10:00 AM ready to worship, learn and share. Bring someone with you.

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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