Joys and Concerns

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Birthday joys for Lois Ville (May 17) and Melanie Ramirez (May 21)

For Chip and Charlie Clark who are traveling to Texas and Iowa this week

Nana Spiridon wihsing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day; for all who need health

Laurie Cudworth for her mom, Charlotte, who is having neck and shoulder pain; for both Blake and her sister, Elke, who are having birthdays this week

For Sean Cevera who is hospitalized in southern California after heart surgery

Jane Chin for her brother-in-law’s father who was taken to the ER last weekend with heart problems

Pastor Rick for the family and friends of his Aunt Cathey Pecorino, who died on Monday; for his niece, Cathi, who is being treated for breast cancer

Be Very Sure (5/14/2017)

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Text: 1 Peter 1:22-2:10

Scholars believe that the little book of First Peter was written in a time when Christians were being persecuted. It was addressed to people in a troubled time. It is a peculiarly pastoral letter, gentle in tone, avoiding threats of judgment and damnation. The writer seemed to understand that the communities to which he wrote needed to hear an encouraging word. They needed to have their hopes lifted and they needed to be reminded that their future was in God’s hands.

The remarks of certain dissemblers aside, I doubt very seriously that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world today. In fact, far too often in more modern times, practices of those claiming to be Christian have been highly persecutory, doing more damage than good in the world. Yes, we know there are places in the world today where Christians are paying a heavy price for their faithfulness, cruelly persecuted and even killed for their beliefs. But I would bet that most of us have not suffered greatly for our faith. To the degree that that is true, it may be difficult to get the full impact of this little letter to the early church.

Continue reading Be Very Sure (5/14/2017)

This Week at First Baptist (5/10/17)

  • CalendarThursday, May 11, 7:30 PM: Choir Rehearsal in the Parlor
  • Sunday, May 14, Fifth Sunday in Easter (Mothers Day)
    10:00 AM:
    Worship and Sunday School: Stand Firm, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; John 14:1-14; Acts 7:55-60; 1 Peter 2:1-10, 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.

  • Wednesday, May 17, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome
  • Wednesday, May 17, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Eileen Conover’s home, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.

Looking ahead:

  • 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.

Note from Pastor Rick (5/10/2017)

This week we will focus on the notion of standing firm. In Psalm 31, God is pictured as the rock of our refuge. In John 14, Jesus promises those a believe a new home in God. In Acts 7, Steven sees a heavenly vision of what life can be like even as he is being stoned to death. In First Peter 2, the writer says, of Christ, “Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The writer goes on to proclaim that Christ followers are a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,” but “in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” To be embraced by God is not only a great promise of security and well-being it is call to carry the light of God to the ends of the earth, n out words and in out living witness.

Come Sunday at 10 AM, to share in worship, education, and community. In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will continue our study of the parables with a look at the Parable of the Talents. Invite family, friends, colleagues, strangers – anyone and everyone – to join in this joyous time.

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

Pastor Rick

PS There is a new sign up sheet for Hospitality in the coming weeks, including this coming Sunday. Please sign up or let me or the office know if you can help out.

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Birthday joys for Pamela Sullivan (May 15), Carole Low (May 16), Lois Ville (May 17)

Paul Berry for Chuck and Nancy Syverson who have canceled their June trip to Palo Alto due to health concerns for Chuck

Carolyn Shepard who is hopeful of a new living situation for Steven

Lois Ville for her sister Caroline with health concerns and for the medical compassion of caregivers

Pastor Rick for his niece, Cathi, who is being treated for breast cancer; for the American Baptist Churches leadership as a new General Secretary is announced