Lent begins…

LentOur annual observance of Lent begins today with a simple supper and joint service with our friends from Covenant Presbyterian and University AME Zion churches. This is always a meaningful time and I encourage you to participate. If you want to bring some fruit or bread or cheese to share for the supper at 6:30 PM, that would be appreciated but not necessary. The service is at 7:30 PM with music, readings, prayers, activities and the imposition of ashes. Children, youth and families are most welcome

Sunday we will focus on Luke’s account of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. After the “mountain top” experience of his baptism, complete with God’s special blessing, it is the Spirit that leads him into the wilderness where he spends time in prayer and contemplation of the journey that lies before him. As we enter into this season of Lent, we are invited by the Spirit to explore whatever counts as wilderness for us. Here we are challenged to pray and contemplate the journey that lies ahead for us as followers of Jesus and the Body of Christ. Part of the Lenten discipline is wilderness survival or, as Barbara Brown Taylor puts it in our Lenten study book, “learning to walk in the dark.”

Though it’s a little late for Mardi Gras, we will still have a fun time celebrating Valentine’s Day with a potluck and program after worship on Sunday. The song sings, “Love Makes the World Go Round.” How does that work in our lives? Does love make your world go round? Bring a main dish or salad or dessert to share and stay to find out what love’s got to do with it.

Join us Sunday at 10:00 AM for worship, study and the sharing of community. Bring someone along share in the experiences of the day.

Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!

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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