Gone Fishin’ (1/22/2017)

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Texts:   Matthew 4:12-25 (The Message)

Generally speaking, on any given Tuesday, say around 2 PM, where would you be? What would you be doing? At work? Home? School? Play? Volunteering? Practicing? Napping? Generally speaking, it’s not a particularly glamorous time of the week. Not a lot happens on Tuesday at 2. Maybe that’s the time when, a little bored, you’ve “gone fishin’.”

I think of my cousin, Herman, a retired Navy pilot who flew missions during the Vietnam War. He and his wife, Linda live in Florida with their pick up and boat. They spend a lot of time fishing. When Herman was active on Facebook, he regularly posted pictures and accounts of their fishing expeditions in the lakes and rivers of northern Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico. After an active life of service and raising a family, there’s something sort of idyllic about adopting as your motto and way of life, “Gone Fishin’.”

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Wear red for Pentecost!

Joanne Jones plays violin
Joanne Jones plays violin

Thanks again to Joanne Jones for her lovely music last Sunday.  It was also a delight to have so many from her family, including all 5 of her beautiful daughters with us in worship.  In spite of her decision to retire from the Palo Alto Philharmonic after 25 years, Joanne still plays with grace and beauty.  And, of course, she also oversees our hospitality, in addition to all the other ways she serves our congregation.  We are blessed to have her.

This Sunday is Pentecost.  Everyone is encouraged to wear red (or orange or yellow – something to help symbolize the tongues of flame that lit on the disciples’ heads when the Holy Spirit came to them.)  The children and youth created some stunning décor for the sanctuary.  This will be an intergenerational service in which we celebrate the “birthday of the church.”  So come prepared to join in the festivities.

We began an excellent series in Adult Spiritual Formation, with our consideration of Cathleen Falsani’s book, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace.  We will continue the conversation this week and next.  Then on June 2, we will be privileged to have Cathleen with us for worship and Adult Spiritual Formation.  Invite someone to come along for this exploration of grace and to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit as well.  Looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 10.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.
Pastor Rick