Communion Service

Joy of Advent

Communion ServiceFor some time, Lucille Towner has been inviting me to the annual holiday potluck for the Huntington’s Support Group that meets in our Parlor the second Tuesday of each month. I have not gone primarily for fear of interrupting or interfering with the work they do. But this year, Lucille convinced to join them. I don’t know how many of you are aware of this wonderful ministry this is in our midst. I know we only provide the space (at no charge) and others do the actual work. Still, it is part of the ministry of space that we provide for a wider community than ourselves. I was very much impressed with the camaraderie and compassion on display last night. It is clear to me that Lucille and Andrea are providing an important resource for people living with this disease along with their families and care givers. Bravo and thank you. We are delighted to have you here.

Sunday’s theme is “Joy.” As with the other key Advent words, it is challenging to speak of joy in the context of the trials and tribulations of the world around us. Yet there is joy to be found all around, if we open our eyes and ears, our hearts and minds. And there is even more joy to come as we anticipate the birth of the Christ. John, the baptizer wags his finger at people but he, too, is excited about the Coming One. Paul says to the Philippians, “Rejoice! And again I say, rejoice!” So on Sunday we will be looking for the joy the day even more than we do every other week.

In Adult Spiritual Formation we will continue our exploration of the world into which Jesus was born. It was important to hear last week how many of the titles the early church used for Jesus were titles reserved for the Roman Emperor (Lord, Son of God, etc.) No wonder they were in trouble with the empire.

Sunday afternoon at 4, we’ll gather at the church to go caroling. We will be singing primarily at the Terraces. Come along and join our song. It’s always a fun and rewarding experience to spend some time with folk from our church community we don’t see so often. Afterward we will return to the church for a chili supper. We are still looking for volunteers to help with the preparation and set up for that event. Please let me know if you can help out.

See you Sunday at 10:00 AM ready to worship, learn and share. Bring someone with you to experience the beauty, the wonder, the challenges of life lived in hope, peace and joy.

May we continue to grow together as God’s people.

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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