A sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Texts: Psalm 97; Isaiah 9:2-7, 52:7-10; John 1:1-14
Hodie! Hodie Christus natus est. Normally, I don’t preach in Latin, but then Christmas does not usually fall on a Sunday. When it does, at least in contemporary times in this country, there is controversy within the church as to whether or not we ought to hold worship services. After all isn’t Christmas just another holiday along with Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July, so we’re creating conflict in holiday schedules and hardly anyone is likely to show up. This time of year, we’ve shopped like crazy, prepared the feast, and now it’s time for the family and guests to gather. How are we supposed to fit in a church service? More liturgical traditions insist that the service be held whether anyone shows up or not. In free church traditions, we have much more latitude in deciding whether we will worship or not.
Continue reading Hodie (12/25/16)
Thanks to everyone who helped make last Sunday a warm “family” gathering in worship and community. Special thanks to Jan for her gifts of music and all who helped with the brunch. After a week of rehearsals and concerts, it is nice to feel a slightly slower pace this week. However, I did make a run put to EHP today and the pace is definitely not slow there. I was moved to see Nevida Butler in her jeans and sweatshirt marshaling the forces in the food pantry. (Isn’t she supposed to be retired?!?!) There were people everywhere, serving and being served. In our comfort and privilege, let us never forget that there are others of our “family” in need, some in desperate need. I know EHP could use more toys and gifts/gift cards for teens, as well as warm clothes in these cold days, if you have the time and inclination. There is an ongoing collection site right outside my office door. Remember it is precisely to meet the needs of all creation, physical as well as spiritual, that God comes close to share our reality and set things right. Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (12/21/2016)