Pastor Rick Mixon

Note from Pastor Rick (8/3/2016)

love quiltWhat a wonderful weekend we had with Daniel Pryfogle. He led us expertly in an exploration of how we might “Lead through Story.” Friday night we considered how our stories form us individually and collectively. Saturday we had two sessions (plus lunch) in the beautiful setting of Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. In the morning, we looked at how stories can challenge and even disrupt the status quo or what Daniel calls the “dominant models” for organizing our lives. In the afternoon, we moved from disruption to innovation. How do we draw on what we know about our own stories and the stories that disrupt (e.g., the Gospel) to innovate new ways of being in the world, shaping our lives in new stories. Sunday morning we talked about how we can bear witness to what we learned about story to bring about transformation in our own lives, in our community, and in the wider world. Many voices were heard in thanksgiving for this retreat experience. Stay tuned for the next steps.

This Sunday we begin a new emphasis on “Coming Home.” This theme is paired with our annual August offering for Habitat for Humanity. What is home? How and why is it important to us? One of Jesus’ best known stories (the Prodigal Son) is a story about coming home. What does it teach us?

Pastor Gregory is preaching this Sunday on a passage from the gospel of Luke. This text is about the Parousia or Rapture. We think of this as the end of time, the Second Coming of Christ. But what does it tell us about home and the meaning of home in tradition and  in our lives today? What does it tell us about coming home now?

Come home to FBCPA this Sunday at 10:00 AM. Sit with Pastor Gregory as he unpacks the mystery. Sing a song or two. Pray together. Share in a common meal around Christ’s table. Bring someone with you to share the experience.

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

Pastor Rick

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