This Week at First Baptist (5/24/17)

  • CalendarThursday, May 25, 11:30 AM: Women’s Brunch, Shoreline Lake American Bistro, 3160 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA. Please let Lois Ville know if you will be attending, lotusville@aol.com or (408) 247-1764. All women of the church are welcome.
  • Thursday, May 25, 7:30 PM: Choir Rehearsal in the Parlor
  • Sunday May 28, 10:00 AM, Seventh Sunday in Easter
    Worship and Sunday School:
    All My Relations, Psalm 66:1-10; 31-35; John 17:1-11; Acts 1:6-14; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation Speaking in Parables.” We will continue our study of Jesus’ Parables, focusing this week on “The Parable of the Talents,” Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27.
  • Sunday, May 28, 2:00 PM: Memorial Service for Marilyn Hunwick in the Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Tuesday, May 30: Spire Deadline
  • Tuesday, May 30, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, May 31, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Eileen Conover’s home, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.

Looking ahead:

  • Sunday, June 4: Pentecost Sunday
    10:00 AM, Worship for the whole Family with Communion:
    Pentecost, Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; John 7:37-39; 20:19-23; Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13, Rick Mixon. Remember to wear red (or orange or yellow or some combination to represent the “tongues of fire” associated with Pentecost.)

    11:15 AM: Patio Hour Everyone is invited to gather on the Patio after Worship for refreshments and community time. A sign-up sheet for hosting this summer event is posted in the Church Entryway.

Note from Pastor Rick (5/24/2017)

Well, last Sunday was a challenging day. In a small community like ours, missing a couple of key people can way lay the best made plans. And still we managed to worship and share, to sing and pray, listen and learn, which are the really important things. Thanks to everyone for pulling together at the last minute. It was also challenging to say good-bye to our friends Soo Kim and Doug Lee as they return to Korea. Doug, Soo, and Hegene have become beloved members of our “family” over the past five years and we will miss them very much. We promise to hold a place for them and they promised to come back to visit.

This Sunday is known as Ascension Sunday in liturgical tradition. On the Sunday before Pentecost, we remember that the Christ ascended into heaven as recorded in Acts or returned to God as he predicted in John’s gospel. After the Ascension, when Christ was no longer plainly visible to his followers, the Holy Spirit descended on them, imbuing them with great power to carry on Christ’s mission in the world. In the Ascension story in Acts 1, the angels ask the dazed disciples why they’re standing there looking into heaven when there is work to be done on earth. This is a fair question to ask every follower who may be more focused on what is to come than what is needed now to usher in God’s Beloved Community.

In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will wrap up our study of the Parables with a look at “The Parable of the Talents.” Please join us for worship, education, and community time and bring someone along to share the day. At 2:00 PM, we will hold a memorial service for our beloved Marilyn Hunwick, which will be followed by a reception hosted by the family. If church members are wanting to help with the reception, please contact the church office.

Remember, our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.”

Let’s make certain that it is so.
Pastor Rick   

To An Unknown God (5/21/2017)

A sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Text: Acts 17:22-31

For a little bit of context, let’s look at the verses which precede today’s text:

16While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and also in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18Also some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers debated with him. Some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign divinities.” (This was because he was telling the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 19So they took him and brought him to the Areopagus and asked him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20It sounds rather strange to us, so we would like to know what it means.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners living there would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new.

Now it may be that the Athenians were superstitious people – people who covered all their bases by erecting a shrine “to an Unknown God,” just in case they had missed a god in the creation of their pantheon of deities.  Or perhaps they were sophisticated enough to know that there were gods or dimensions of deity that would always extend beyond the human capacity to know.  At any rate, the writer of Acts indicates that Paul was unhappy to find such a proliferation of gods throughout the city of Athens.  However, he did not vent his anger with the Athenians over their polytheism in the same manner he would later with the Romans (Romans 1:18-23.).

Continue reading To An Unknown God (5/21/2017)

This Week at First Baptist (5/17/17)

  • CalendarThursday, May 18, 7:30 PM: Choir Rehearsal in the Parlor
  • Sunday, May 21, 10:00 AM, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
    Worship and Sunday School:
    Called Alongside, Psalm 66:8-20; John 14:15-21; Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22, Rick Mixon preaching.
  • Sunday, May 21, 11:30 AM: First Cookout of the Season. Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and beverage provided. Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.
  • Monday, May 22, 7:00 PM: Community Gospel Choir in the Parlor.
  • Tuesday, May 23, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, May 24, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Eileen Conover’s home, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.
  • Thursday, May 25, 11:30 AM: Women’s Brunch, Shoreline Lake American Bistro, 3160 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA. Please let Lois Ville know if you will be attending, lotusville@aol.com or (408) 247-1764. All women of the church are welcome.

Looking ahead:

  • May 28, 10:00 AM, Seventh Sunday in Easter
    Worship and Sunday School:
    All My Relations, Psalm 66:1-10; 31-35; John 17:1-11; Acts 1:6-14; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation Speaking in Parables.” We will continue our study of Jesus’ Parables, focusing this week on “The Parable of the Talents,” Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27.
  • Sunday, May 28, 2:00 PM: Memorial Service for Marilyn Hunwick in the Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Tuesday, May 30: Spire Deadline

Note from Pastor Rick (5/17/2017)

Our focus scripture for this Sunday will be Acts 17:16-34. In this story Paul has stirred up trouble in Athens by preaching the gospel. He is called before the Areopagus, a kind of civic council, to account for himself and the claims he was making. He takes the opportunity to make a brilliant speech about the “unknown God” to whom the Athenians have erected a shrine. He goes on to challenge them to consider whether this might be an entry point to knowing the “living God” he serves, the One in whom we “live and move and have our being.” This is an inspirig tale and a powerful early witness to the faith tradition we claim as our own.

After Worship, we will hold the first cook out of the season and the weather is promising to cooperate. So, bring salad or a side dish to share. The rest will be furnished. Come early to help set up or stay after to help clean up.

Sadly this Sunday we will say farewell to Soo Kim and Doug Lee as they return to Korea. It has been a joy to have them sojourn with us the past 4+ years. We will miss them very much. We celebrate them in the service and at the cook out.

Remember, our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.

Pastor Rick