Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns from Sunday July 16th were:

Lois Ville with gratitude that her brother-i-law, Lee;’s heart surgery went well and thanks for our prayers as well as the good work of doctors, caregivers and family who supported and cared for him

Katharina Borchert for her friend, Pam, who is a missionary in Burma and has started a school that is in need of government permission to build on the land they purchased for the school.

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Prayers with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Birthday Joy: Daniel Ramirez (July 16)

Lois Ville for her brother-in-law who had successful surgery Monday to replace an aortic valve.

Charlotte Jackson for the people in Haiti who our special offering (OGHS) has supported after many natural disasters destroyed the island.

Pastor Rick for Marcia Patton, whose mother died last week; for the family and friends of my mentor, David Bartlett, who had a fall and severe stroke in Chicago last week and is in the University of Chicago Hospital.

Pastor Gregory for the brave families (and others) crossing borders, now having their retinas scanned and are being robbed of their dignity, loved ones, and their low-wage work-life by racist politicians in the highest of offices.

For the wonderful work of Church World Service and for all those who benefit from One Great Hour of Sharing!

 

Joys and Concerns

Birthday Joys for Anthia Lee Halfmann (July 2), Gregory Stevens (July 3), Philip Hayes (July 7)
Joys:
For Laurie and Dan Cudworth in Santa Cruz to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary
For Sean Bell
For Sean Cervera who is home and healthy after recovering from heart surgery.
For Chris Dodson and his safe travels from Grenada.
Charlotte for Keith who visited last weekend (with Jocelyn?); for a visit from Brice
And for
Ralph Baisner
Kevin
Victoria
Carol Stevens

How Can the Creature Say…? (6/25/2017)

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Text: Genesis 21:8-21; Matthew 10:24-39 (NRSV)

God of the sparrow
God of the whale
God of the swirling stars
How does the creature say Awe
How does the creature say Praise

When I was growing up, I remember being taught that God was omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent – all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. I don’t intend to do a word study on those terms this morning, but they did have an effect on my young faith, an effect that, in retrospect, was not altogether beneficial. I know that the inner conflict of these qualities, combined with the inevitability of judgment and the threat of heaven or hell, was, at times, terrifying. God, who held the whole world in his hand, could destroy any part, or all of it, at any time, if we didn’t straighten up and fly right. I’m not sure what that might mean for sparrows, but it surely was not good news for me.

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Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Birthday joy: Jamie Shi (June 25), Thelma Tuttle (June 28), Marcia Heydon (June 29), Deborah Ha (June 30)

For Chris Dodson who survived a cyclone in Grenada while providing nursing care for the disenfranchised

Belated birthday joys for Charlotte Jackson (June 17)

Kathy Gillam for Julia and Micah who have sold their house at Tahoe and for a new teaching job in Fremont for Julia

Laurie Cudworth as she and done celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 23; for her niece Alecia having marital difficulties

For Lois Ville who had to cancel her Danube River cruise because her sister is ill

For the great work of the Pan Africa Peace Network. One of the leaders, Philip Stargate sent the following note us on Sunday morning: “Much as we are seeking for many of you our friends to be part of what we do, at the same time we are seeking for ways we can be part of what you do. For this reason you are important to us and we are relentless in accomplishing God’s vision through relationships. Thank you and we are praying for you.”

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Birthday joys for Kathy Gillam (June 8)

For graduates: Eileen Conover’s son Brian graduating summa cum laude from Delta College; Charlotte Jackson for granddaughter, Alexis, graduating with honors from Fresno State; Jane Chin for Granddaughter, Sabrina, graduating from Brown; for Elizabeth Ramirez completing here high school degree in Redwood City; and for Daniel Ramirez, soon to graduate from Los Altos High

Melanie Ramirez for Daniel on his graduation and for winning first prize in the student film competition, Los Altos High School; for teachers and students on summer break

Lynn Hunwick with gratitude for everyone who helped to make Marilyn’s memorial service special; for antidotes in Baptist literature to so much toxic news these days

Pastor Gregory remembering a tour of Palo Alto that the Hunwicks provided when he first arrived; for the celebration of Gay Pride month, remembering the pioneers and s/heroes

For Kathy and Dick Gillam as they travel in Europe

For Chuck and Nancy Syverson for healing for Chuck