Note from Pastor Rick (4/6/2017)

The end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week is fast approaching. Sunday we will join together to celebrate both Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and all the challenging events of the week that followed, culminating in Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial. This is the ancient flow of drama and travail that leads to the joy of Easter. If we take the time to focus, to meditate on this tale of Christ’s passion, perhaps Easter will dawn all the more glorious. In worship, we will continue our practice of dividing the service between Palms and Passion. Both are important as we look toward Easter. Please plan to arrive on time or a little early this week. Not only would it be good discipline for many of us, but will also give you the opportunity to join in the blessing and procession of palms, which will begin on the outside steps of the sanctuary at 10:00 AM

Stay after worship for Adult Spiritual Formation in which we will delve more deeply into Matthew’s version of this great drama that moves from Palm Sunday to Easter. J. S. Bach found enough material in these texts to compose a magnificent 3 hour choral work. Presumably, we will find enough here to fill an hour. Maybe we will even listen to a bit of Bach’s masterpiece.

See you Sunday at 10 AM for Worship for the Whole Family and Adult Spiritual Formation. This would be a great day to bring someone along with you to share joys and challenges of the ancient, familiar story.

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

Pastor Rick   

Joys and Concerns

For Thelma Parodi who celebrates her 98th birthday today (April 5) and for Dylan Ha who will be 13 on Sunday (April 9)

Melanie Ramirez with thanksgiving that Daniel is almost all healed form his surgery

Pastor Gregory for the family, friends, and fans of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag, who died last week

Lois Ville for the family and friends of her brother-in-law, Ralph, who died last week

Charlotte Jackson for her cousin, Darlene, who has been hospitalized in Minneapolis

Cole Holderman for his family still mourning the death of his younger brother, Mason, who died 6 months ago from lung cancer, especially for Mason’s 17 year old twin brother, Jack

Resurrection and Life (4/2/17)

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Text:  John 11:1-45 (The Message)

One more long and complex tale from the writer of John. As with the others we have covered in this Lenten season, we could spend several weeks trying to unpack this story and still not come to any definite conclusions about the many difficult questions it raises. What thoughts and feelings come up for you as you’ve heard this old, familiar story read one more time?

I already vented, in this week’s Midweek Message, my frustration with Jesus choosing to delay going to the home of his dear friends when one of them was sick and dying. This is not the way friends ought to treat friends, is it? From my very human perspective, it doesn’t seem to serve God’s glory for Jesus to increase the suffering of his friends by his absence. But nearly every commentator gives some well-argued explanation for Jesus’ delay. There is also powerful good news in this challenging story.

Continue reading Resurrection and Life (4/2/17)

Joys and Concerns

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Ray Hing touched by Sunday’s sermon that God doesn’t see us the way we see ourselves and God teaches us patience; grateful for the sale of their house in Cleveland; thanks for our prayers

Barbara Hing with gratitude for our prayers and hope for a long term renter

Pastor Rick for the presence of Thelma Parodi in worship; a welcome home to David Shi; for

Lucille Towner who fell and broke her wrist’ for friends Whitley and Harold living with epilepsy

Mission Offering Update: America for Christ (3/22)

America for Christ 2017

March is the month when we take our America for Christ Offering. The theme for 2017 is “Cultivating leaders, Equipping disciples, Healing Communities.”

“Through your generous donations and partnership, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is committed to cultivating dynamic Christian leaders who are culturally and spiritually competent, in touch with their churches and communities, and passionate about ministry and helping people. Highly developed Christ-honoring leaders are called to advance the mission of peace, hope and love in their churches and communities with resilience, faithfulness and proficiency.”

We have received $615 of our $850 goal. Please be as generous as you can in our effort to support the work of ABHMS.