Midweek Message

January 31, 2012

Jim Hopkins

January 30, 2012

As a busy week begins I find the opening portion of the prayer, “O God I Need Thee,” by Howard Thurman to be helpful. You might find it helpful as well.
I Need Thy Sense of Time.  Always I have an underlying sense of anxiety about things. Sometimes I am in a hurry to achieve my ends and I am completely without patience. It is hard for me to realize that some growth is slow, that all processes are not swift.  I cannot always discriminate between what takes time to develop and what can be rushed, because my sense of time is dulled.  I measure things in terms of happenings. O to understand the meaning of perspective that I may do all things with a profound sense of leisure – and time.
I invite you to these events and programs this week:

  • Tuesday, 6:00, Soup and Study, We begin the study of “The Bible and Handel’s Messiah
  • Wednesday, 10:30, Prayer and Bible Study, see above
  • Wednesday, 3:00, Graveside Service for Felicia Bock, Sunset View Cemetery,Colusa Avenue and Fairmont, El Cerrito
  • Thursday 4:00, Press Conference Announcing Oakland Community Organizations “All Children, All Schools, Our Decisions” Campaign, TBA
  • Friday, 7:00, Baptist/Muslim Dialog, American Baptist Seminary of the West (I will be a panelist)
  • Saturday, 10:00, Swedish Pancake Breakfast, International Maritime Center, 4001-7th St, Berth 40, Oakland (Lakeshore will receive the Lighthouse Award from the Seafarers Ministry of the Golden Gate)
  • Saturday 2:00, Impact California Elections Training, Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 11th and Adeline, West Oakland

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Jeanette Paige and family on the death of her mom
  • Hershall Vinson and family on the death of his sister
  • John Small for his aunt
  • Marc and Helen Harrison for Marc’s dad and for John Casey
  • Shirley Jones, recuperating at Summit Hospital SNF
  • Irene Jennings for Carol Lee
  • Larry Hutchings, Thanksgiving with Dan Sutton for restored sight
  • Kay Baxter for Jamie and Stacey, Jamie will be moving to Virginia to be with Stacey
  • Brenda McCarthy, Thanksgiving that Astrida and Judy were with her in church
  • Carol Leicther for Gemma and for Steve
  • Gloria and Phil Meads for Max Powers, Joy and John, cousins
  • Maxine O’Guinn for Elvira Givens and Horace Lee
  • Al Johnson for Sherman and self
  • Karen Hopkins for her mom and brother Jeff
  • Robert Wilkins as he leads the YMCA
  • The City of Oakland in the wake of another destructive Occupy protest
  • The Occupy movement as it tries to find a just and meaningful voice
  • American Baptist Mission both national and international
  • Sandra Dunn as she recuperates from surgery
  • The families of the participants in the Wednesday morning prayer ministry
  • Mary Karne for Susan
  • Annelle Clute as she recuperates from surgery
  • Jim Jeffery
  • Cherie Smith for her mom
  • Larry and Leona Sims and family
  • Joan Patten for Peter and family
  • All the ministers and chaplains in the Lakeshore family


African American History Month begins this Sunday. Carolyn Matthews will preach. Her sermon will be “Education: Civil Right and Spiritual Discipline.” A wonderful Coffee Hour will follow.