Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday joys: Susan Low (November 24), and Douglas Ha (November 25)
  • Lois Ville for her brother-in-law, Lee, prepping for hip surgery; for a good visit with Bengta Gotestam and family and for safe travel as they returned to Norway last Monday
  • Laurie Cudworth for her mother, Charlotte, who is ore but OK after a recent all
  • For Ron Tuttle facing a surgical procedure next week
  • For all those affected by sexual harassment and abuse; for a basic change in our understanding of these concerns
  • For an end to gun violence in this country
  • For all those affected by and trying to rebuild after fire, hurricane, earthquake and flood
  • For the wonderful work of Ecumenical Hunger Program and for the witness of Nevida Butler
  • For God’s guidance and empowerment as we move forward the Mosaic South Bay

Fearless Generosity

A Sermon preached by the
Rev. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Text: Ephesians 3:14-21 (NRSV)
14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father-Mother, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.16I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory, God may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through the Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to the Holy One who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Continue reading Fearless Generosity

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday joys: Ron Fredlund (November 15), Steven Shepard (November 16), Sarah Nguyen Ha (November 17), Jane Chin (November 20), Charlie Clark and Christine Tillman (November 21)
  • Lois Ville for improved health; for her brother-in-law, Lee, prepping for hip surgery; for Lee and her sister, Caroline, as they celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary
  • Caroline Shepard for a visit from Bengta Gottestam from Norway
  • Bengta Gottestam with gratitude for old friends and good memories
  • Paul Berry, remembering the personal significance of “Steal Away,” first hymn learned on a lakeshore at summer camp and for the growing awareness of the significance it had for those slaves and escaped slaves who first sang it
  • Laurie Cudworth for her mother, Charlotte, who fell last week; for her own knee problems
  • For all those affected by the gun violence in Tehama County and Sutherland Springs, Texas; for an end to gun violence in this country
  • For all those affected by and trying to rebuild after fire, hurricane, earthquake and flood
  • For Marylea McLean who is recovering at home from cancer surgery
  • For Andy Kille facing complex treatment for cancer
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For the wonderful work of Ecumenical Hunger Program and for the witness of Nevida Butler
  • For God’s guidance and empowerment as we move forward the Mosaic South Bay

Grieving With Hope

A Sermon preached by the
Rev. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Text: Amos 5:18-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Last week, as we sat in this sanctuary celebrating the saints – past, present, and future – who have blessed our lives and the life of the church universal, a lone gunman stood at the door of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and indiscriminately mowed down the congregation. While reaching for the light of lives lived in loving and faithful service to God, we are once more plunged into the darkness, darkness which seems to become daily existence for us. We even begin to wonder if the end of the world may really be at hand.

Hatred and violence surround us – whether it is gun violence, sexual violence, the violence of hate speech and incivility, the violence of poverty and economic inequity, the violence of war with its threat of nuclear destruction, or the violence of people uprooted from the familiarity of home and forced to live in camps or on the run. Sadly, this list seems only to scratch the surface of what we are confronted with on a regular basis. Continue reading Grieving With Hope

Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • For all the saints who from their labors rest and for those still working for God’s Beloved Community
  • For all those affected by the mass shooting at First Baptist Church, Sunderland, TX, and for an end to gun violence in this country
  • Melanie Ramirez for the troubled man she encountered in the pharmacy last week
  • For all those affected by and trying to rebuild after fire, hurricane, earthquake and flood
  • For Marylea McLean who is recovering at home from cancer surgery
  • For Andy Kille facing complex treatment for cancer
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For the wonderful work of Ecumenical Hunger Program and for the witness of Nevida Butler
  • For God’s guidance and empowerment as we move forward with Mosaic South Bay

The Music Lingers

THE MUSIC LINGERS
A Sermon preached by the
Rev. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, November 5, 2017

Text: Psalm 27; Revelation 7:9-17

These are times both tough and tender. We are faced with challenge and change. The familiar disappears and our comfort with it. We are confronted by ugliness and evil. We wrestle with disasters born of nature and of human hearts and hands. We hear of wars and rumors of war. Some of our neighbors – far and near – struggle to survive. Some of us have so much and some so little. The needs seem overwhelming. We are not sure which way to turn.

For many of us this is also a time for grieving as we say farewell to friends and loved ones. Emotions are raw; tears tremble very close to the surface and spill over when least expected. And death is not the only sort of loss we know. There can be loss of employment, memory, ability, friends and relationships, hope. We can even lose our way. We are not at all certain that the center will hold nor do we know what the future will bring. Perhaps there has been no time in our lives when faith was more needed. Continue reading The Music Lingers

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Pastor Gregory thankful for the formation of cell groups already in progress for the Mosaic Project; keeping Chris Dodson in our prayers as he transitions back from night shift to day shift at work
  • Paul Berry remembering with joy the time in 1963 when he watched “We Shall Overcome” sung on national TV; prayers for this kind of moment to happen again
  • Kathy Gillam added, “Let’s make more future moments like that one”
  • For the family and friends as well as our church family as we grieve the death of Lynn Hunwick
  • For all those affected by and trying to rebuild after fire, hurricane, earthquake and flood
  • For Charlotte Jackson recovering from hip surgery at home
  • For Marylea McLean who is recovering at home from cancer surgery
  • For Andy Kille facing complex treatment for cancer
  • For our church in this time of turmoil with City permitting
  • For the American Baptist Board of International Ministries, it’s staff, our missionaries and families – especially Dan and Sharon Buttry, Dan and Sarah Chetti
  • For Sarah Nash and House of Hope in Bolivia; and Ramesh Kumar and Balasore Technical School
  • For our Evergreen Region as we say good-bye to our founding Executive Minister Marcia Patton, after 14 years of faithful service and welcome our new Executive Minister, Douglas Avilesbernal as he takes on the work in January
  • For God’s guidance and empowerment as we move forward the Mosaic South Bay