On Our Journey Now (Sermon)

ON OUR JOURNEY NOW
A sermon preached by
Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Text: Exodus 14:19-31
19The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. 20It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so, the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

21Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Holy One drove the sea back by a strong east Wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. 22The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 23The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. 24At the morning watch, the Holy One in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. 25God clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Holy One is fighting for them against Egypt.” 26Then the Holy One said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” 27So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Holy One tossed the Egyptians into the sea. 28The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. 29But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 30Thus the Holy One saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31Israel saw the great work that the Holy One did against the Egyptians. So, the people feared the Holy One and believed in the God and in God’s servant Moses.

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Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday joys for Lynn Hunwick (September 16)
  • For the beautiful music (violin) of James Poe
  • Dona Smith-Powers with gratitude for prayers and concern as she concluded her radiation treatment last week
  • Lynn Hunwick grateful for children in his neighborhood selling lemonade for hurricane relief
  • Pastor Gregory, Pastor Rick, Nana Spiridon, and Laurie Cudworth for friends and relatives in Florida
  • For Marylea McLean, who will have surgery for cancer next Tuesday
  • For Andy Kille facing complex treatment for cancer
  • James Poe for Elizabeth, his best friend in New York, who is struggling with depression
  • Pastor Rick for the family and friends of David Bartlett after a fall and stroke; for all those affected by flooding in the Far East, the earthquake in Mexico, the fires in the Pacific Northwest, and the threat of ethnic cleansing in Bangladesh
  • Carolyn Shepard for all those affected by the hurricanes; remembering that Sunday was World Suicide Prevention Day
  • Lois Ville facing major decisions about her vision and hearing; for her brother, Lou, hospitalized in Illinois following knee surgery
  • Charlotte Jackson for her friend, Shannon, who is having part of a foot removed
  • Dan Cudworth for all those in the Caribbean affected by the hurricanes
  • For Lucille Towner recovering from a broken wrist
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For Phillip Dah and the good work of the Opportunity Center, LifeMoves, and One Great Hour of Sharing

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday joys for Dustin Ha (September 7), Jan Gunderson (September 8)
  • Special joy for Jennah Delp-Somers, co-director of iSing Girlchoir, and her husband Adam on the birth Tuesday, September 5 of their daughter, Ada Rose Somers
  • For the beautiful music (Native American flute) of Jeanette Sacco-Belli on Sunday
  • Kathy Gillam for everyone Julia and Micah who have finally sold their home in Incline Village
  • Nana Spiridon for her granddaughters, Olivia and Madison who start pre-school this week
  • Lynn Hunwick for a critical review of a book by George Williamson in Baptist journal
  • For Pastor Gregory as he spends time with family in Florida
  • For Andy Kille living with cancer
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For the family and friends of David Bartlett
  • Carolyn Shepard for all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as flooding in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and the mudslide in Sierra Leone
  • Lynn Hunwick for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey
  • Lois Ville for Lucille Towner who fell and broke her wrist; for her brother-in-law, Lee, with heart problems
  • For the good work of the Opportunity Center, LifeMoves, and One Great Hour of Sharing

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday joys for Ron Tuttle (September 2)
  • Kathy Gillam for everyone who contributed to Thelma Parodi’s celebration of life, especially all the good food
  • Katarina for the wonderfully diverse crowd celebrating love and life (rather than white supremacy and hate in San Francisco last weekend; for her friend Pam Linstead who is having severe vision problems; for a Xvangelicals, a Facebook group of people traumatized by their life in fundamentalist religious circles who are finding hope in listening to and caring for one another
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For the family and friends of David Bartlett
  • Lynn Hunwick for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey
  • Pastor Gregory for Tony living with PTSD; for Franco who has lost his job and is looking for new employment: for Bugei who is looking for a new job; for Chris who is back working night shifts; for everyone going back to school
  • Lois Ville for Lucille Towner who fell and broke her wrist; for her brother-in-law, Lee, with heart problems

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday joys for Paul Berry (August 24), Tam Le (August 25), Lorraine Barry (August 28), Lucille Towner and Steve Shi (August 29)
  • Pastor Gregory as he retreats with family in Montana
  • For the beautiful music of Anthia Lee Halfmann who filled in for Jan last Sunday
  • For Jan and Peter Gunderson and Clara Ramirez in Oregon for the eclipse
  • Kathy Gillam for her daughter Julia as she begins a new teaching job this week; for all students and staff as a new school year begins
  • Melanie Ramirez for Salvador who is traveling to Mexico to see his family; for students and staff at Gunn HS in a time of difficulty
  • For all those affected by another young person’s suicide last week
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For the family and friends of David Bartlett as he continues to live with the effects of a severe stroke; he has been transferred from Chicago to a rehab facility in New Haven
  • For all those affected by the horror in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend
  • For all those affected by the terrorist action Barcelona
  • For all those affected by the rain and mudslides in Sierra Leone and flooding in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday joys for Clara Ramirez (August 12) and Alex Spiridon (August 13)
  • Carolyn Shepard with gratitude for a good visit with her brother, sister and families.
  • Lynn Hunwick who was pleased to see Charlie Aker in church and noted the work he does to help feed the world
  • Charlie Clark, thankful to God and others that he was able to contact an old friend in Portland with whom he’d lost touch
  • Lois Ville for the family and friends of her long time neighbor, Tony, who died last week.
  • Melanie Ramirez for her mother and two of her grandchildren on a trip to Santa Fe
  • Pastor Gregory for all the trans people who have recently been in the political limelight for their queerness
  • For all of us living under with nuclear threat, especially in this week in which we remember the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For the family and friends of David Bartlett as he continues to live with the effects of a severe stroke
  • For Chris Wade (the attorney who has been helping the church) who was injured in a riding accident and is now recovering at home
  • For Susan Gillies, former ABC-USA Interim General Secretary, with health concerns
  • For Tripp Fuller, who was recently terminated from his position in Los Angeles and for his family as they return to North Carolina

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday joys for Don Ha (August 3) and Clara Ramirez (August 12)
  • Lois Ville with thanksgiving for the life and testimony of Thelma Parodi
  • Melanie Ramirez glad to be back in worship after lots of “summer stuff” and a wonderful family trip to Yellowstone
  • Caroline Shepard happy for the presence of her brother Charlie and niece in worship
  • For the family and friends of American Baptist Rev. James Chuck who recently passed away
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For the family and friends of David Bartlett as he continues to live with the effects of a severe stroke
  • For Chris Wade (the attorney who has been helping the church) who was injured in a riding accident last weekend
  • For Susan Gillies, former ABC-USA Interim General Secretary, with health concerns
  • For Tripp Fuller, who was recently terminated from his position in Los Angeles and for their baby son, Haven, who has been hospitalized with health concerns  (Update: Haven is home and doing better)

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