Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • For the excellent leadership of Doug Avilesbernal and all who participated in our All Church Family Conversation last weekend
  • Melanie Ramirez for Daniel who has been accepted into the summer camp for the Pioneers, a marching group in Wisconsin, where he will spend two months this summer
  • Carolyn Shepard for the responsive young woman she has been able to help over the last couple of weeks with a place to live and help turning her life around
  • Pastor Gregory for Mosaic potluck on Tuesday; for his sister, Lauren, just out of detox and his mother, Carol with health concerns; for a good conversation with his father, David
  • Nana Spiridon for Alex who has pneumonia; for Liza who just announced her engagement
  • For James Poe as he travels in Israel next week with some other musicians
  • For all those affected by the school shooting in Florida and for an end to gun violence; for those young people who will be leading marches for gun control all across the country this Saturday
  • For our neighbors that we may find ways to live peacefully with them
  • For Don, Dustin, and Dylan Ha as they deal with the difficulties of serious water damage to their home
  • For all the good work supported by our annual America for Christ offering

Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Lois Ville for Mary Granholm on her birthday
  • Melanie Ramirez for the joy of singing under her dad, Steve Reddy, as he conducted a 100 voice choir for a Habitat for Humanity event in Modesto; for Daniel who is auditioning for a band camp in Milwaukee and will be marching in the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Dan Cudworth remembering the three women murdered in Yountville as they worked with veterans with PTSD – “the price of love”
  • For David, the Tuttles and all those affected by the recent death of Sally Kurtzman
  • For all those affected by the school shooting in Florida and for an end to gun violence; for those young people walking out of class to protest gun violence
  • For our neighbors that we may find ways to live peacefully with them
  • For our All Church Family Conversation this weekend
  • For Don, Dustin, and Dylan Ha as they deal with the difficulties of serious water damage to their home
  • For Mosaic South Bay as it takes root and grows
  • For all the good work supported by our annual America for Christ offering

Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday Joys for Hugh Satterlee (March 7), Reese Probst (March 8), Sachiko Berry (March 9), Soo Kim (Lee) (March 10). Mary Granholm (March 13)
  • Chuck and Nancy Syverson with thanks for our hospitality during their visit
  • Jan Gunderson, glad to be back home after a fantastic trip to Egypt (where it snowed on the pyramids last week for the first time in over 100 years!)
  • For the joy of having Jessie and Paul Tuan worship with us
  • For the Chins as they travel in Asia
  • Kitsy Bocook for the joy of worshipping with old friends
  • For the Evergreen contingent on a mission trip to Haiti
  • Paul Berry remembering the long, rich life of his former boss with the Friends service Committee when he worked in Haiti (“She kept on doing right for 104 Years!”)
  • For David, the Tuttles and all those affected by the recent death of Sally Kurtzman
  • For all those affected by the school shooting in Florida and for an end to gun violence
  • For Don, Dustin, and Dylan Ha as they deal with the difficulties of serious water damage to their home
  • For Mosaic South Bay as it takes root and grows
  • For all the good work supported by our annual America for Christ offering

It’s Hard to Follow Jesus

A Sermon preached by the
Rev. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Text: Mark 8:27-38

Today we jump forward in Mark’s gospel. We pick up the narrative about half way through. Todd Weir points out that today’s ancient word “…is a peak moment in Mark’s narrative about Jesus. Before this chapter lies a series of miracles and triumphs. Jesus feeds 5000 people, heals the sick, and wins theological arguments with the Pharisees. He is definitely on the rise, his fame stretching throughout the small region of Palestine” (Todd Weir, “Who Do You Say that I Am?” January 6, 2018, withallmysoul.com). But things are about to take a decided turn in a different direction.

As an itinerant teacher, Jesus uses the time that he and the disciples are walking from village to village as teaching time. “Alright, you’ve been with me on this journey for a while. You’ve heard what I’ve said and you’ve seen what I’ve done. I have a question for you. Who do people say that I am?” Seems like a sensible question. After leaving their lives behind to follow, after traveling with him for a period of time, after having observed him up close and personal, they ought to have some idea of what people are saying about him. What’s the buzz around Galilee?

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Praying with the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

  • Birthday Joys: Betsy Koester and Oscar Ramirez (February 22), Madison Oatley (February 26)
  • For the joy of having Chuck and Nancy Syverson worship with us
  • For the Chins as they travel in Asia and the Gundersons as they travel in Egypt
  • For all those affected by the school shooting in Florida and for an end to gun violence
  • Chuck Syverson for friends living in Parkland, Florida, whose children went to Stoneham Douglas High School; remembering the pain of the living
  • Dan Cudworth recognizing the high price we pay for arming the world
  • Kathy Gillam for all those suffering from the failure of Congress to pass DACA legislation, with prayers for wisdom and courage in our representatives
  • Susan Bradley for older undocumented folk, many of whom have lived in this country for a long time, especially for a painter she met last week who has lived in this country for over 20 years whose 18 year old father lives in fear for her dad
  • Pastor Gregory for all those affected by the 150 calls that have come into the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County recently concerning undocumented residents, encouraging us all to have Rapid Response training
  • For Don, Dustin, and Dylan Ha as they deal with the difficulties of serious water damage to their home
  • For Mosaic South Bay as it takes root and grows
  • Carolyn Shepard for the good work of Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy in the Santa Clara County jails, for the hope they provide for those in prison

The Time is Fulfilled (Sermon)

THE TIME IS FULFILLED
A Sermon preached by the
Rev. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Text: Mark 1:9-15

Up and down, up and down, this has been a week of high and lows as, indeed, are most of the weeks of our lives. In the midst of the spectacle of athletes from all over the world, coming together in Korea for the Olympic games, an angry, hate-filled young man mowed down seventeen people in a Florida high school. While young people from around the globe donned their skis and skates, their parkas and their sequins to show off their talent and skill, 19-year old Nikolas Jakob Cruz armed himself with a semi-automatic and acted out his rage on the students, teachers, and staff of his former school. While Olympic participants proclaimed their admiration for and friendship with competitors from vastly different cultures, Cruz was taking action on his recorded hate speech. One acquaintance said, “He fantasized, like, about the other things like Columbine, like Hitler. He fantasized those types of stuff.” She also observed that “He liked just hurting things.”

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Praying with the People

  • Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:
    • Birthday Joys: Eileen Conover (February 16)
    • Chip Clark with gratitude for prayers for healing of his cold
    • Lois Ville for Eileen Conover who is facing hip surgery; for her sister, Carolyn, recovering well from a second back surgery and a cut on her leg
    • Melanie Ramirez for Alan Plessinger who has been organizing our “lunch Bunch; for a pleasant lunch last Sunday; for her cousin who has found a match for a kidney donation
    • Sachiko Berry, encouraging volunteers to help with upcoming elections
    • Pastor Rick, remembering Soo Kim and Doug and Hegene Lee as we watch the Olympics from South Korea
    • For all those affected by the school shooting in Florida and for an end to gun violence
    • For Mosaic South Bay as it takes root and grows
    • Carolyn Shepard for the good work of Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy in the Santa Clara County jails, for the hope they provide for those in prison