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Raising Lazarus

Raising of LazarusIn Adult Spiritual Formation this Sunday we will continue our consideration of hunger as a Lenten concern. If you have had experiences of dealing with hunger and the hungry over the past few weeks, please be ready to share those. We will also consider some common “experiment” around hunger (a la Mark Scandrette) in which we might engage as a congregation.

Once more in worship we will be instructed by one of those wonderful stories from the gospel of John. This week it’s the raising of Lazarus in which we encounter the deep and abiding faith of Martha and Mary. Here Jesus affirms that he himself is the Resurrection and the Life and then breaks down and weeps in front of his dead friend’s burial place. Even with the power to raise Lazarus from the dead, the pain of death still touches the heart of a very human Jesus. This is the last and greatest of the “signs” recounted in John’s gospel. It becomes the tipping point for those religious authorities who fear Jesus’ threat to their power. It leads rather directly to Christ’s crucifixion. The end is in sight or is it?

See you Sunday at 10 AM for worship (with Communion) and Sunday School. Bring someone along to share the Lenten Journey with you and stay for Adult Spiritual Formation.

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick

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We are a progressive Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We have been in Palo Alto since 1893. We celebrate our Baptist heritage. We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, Religious Freedom

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