September 2011


Someone said that everyone is either just entering a stormy patch, going through a stormy patch, or has had a stormy patch in their past. When that happens to you then, you can know that you are not alone. It’s happened to us all at one time or another.  Storms even struck very early in the life experience of the disciples of Jesus. When it happened in the life of the early church, they reminded one another, using stories like the one today in Mark 5:35-41, to call on the name of the Lord. I hope that you can keep strong through any disappointments that you may be currently encountering. I hope to see you on Sunday among the congregation. This church is journeying together across the sea toward a shore that is God’s land of justice, equity, sustainability and grace.

Blessings,
Pastor Michael
http://www.firstpaloalto.com

Continuing our journey of “Getting a Fresh Start,” we’ll hear about that public bath, the pool of Bethzatha that Jesus visited on his way to the Temple one day.  There he saw someone he’d seen before, a man who’d spent 38 years at the water’s edge waiting for relief from his illness.  He was waiting for someone to “stir the waters” and hoping to be as ready as he could be to scramble to be first in the pool. It was a dream, a wish, an old, old tale that whomever touched the waters first after they’d been stirred, would be healed.  Both Jesus and the lame man would stir things up that day when they stepped outside of the “approved” methods of healing. Come and see. Encounter God in community this Sunday at 8:45 and 10:45.  First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto .

If you got here from the link at my current blog (You Might Be A Methodist), welcome!
If you’ve landed here from the internal link at First UMC’s website, welcome!

I am now at home in closer quarters to our new church web pages.

Watch this space for thoughts on the weekly sermon, noticed news and things spiritual from the landscape of our community and world, and other topics of interest to people “on the way.”

Blessings,
Pastor Michael