Midweek Message

June 11, 2014

Jim Hopkins

June 11, 2014

Pentecost reminds us that every one us, the oldest and the youngest alike, are human beings with the capacity to thrive spiritually. Our Pentecost Sunday recognition of our graduates, from Miles Buffin and Madelein Templeton who are entering Kindergaten, to Jonny Ash who has completed Law School, was joyous witness to this universal truth. Thanks to all who played a role in the the celebration.
This coming Sunday is Fathers Day. The starting point of my sermon, taken from Colossians 3:18-21, is something my youngest son, Ethan, said of me a few years ago. “My Dad always made sure I had a ride home.” This may not have been the greatest compliment that could be paid to a father but I continue to find his words to be both encouraging and thought provoking.  In fact, I see at least three ways in which they serve to define the role of fathers:

  1. Practical – Fathers have a role in providing not only rides home but  homes to return to.
  2. Aspirational – It should be the aspiration of all Fathers that the homes they help provide are places of love and nurture. Colossians puts it this way. “Fathers to not provoke your children, or they may lose heart.”
  3. Spiritual – At a spiritual level all of us – fathers , sons, and  daughters alike – are trying to find our way home. On this journey we are fellow travelers and God is our source, our guide, and our goal.

The flute and guitar duo, Duo Boheme , featuring San Franciso Conservatory of Music graduates Courtney Wise and Lyle Sheffler, will be our guest musicians on Fathers Day.  Duo Boheme will also present a concert at LABC on Saturday evening, June 28 at 5:00.

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Ted and Doris Evans as they mourn the death of their son, Theodore L. Evans Jr.
  • Dave and Sheryl Gattey as they mourn the death of their sister in law, Linda Gattey
  • The family and friends of of Max Powers as they mourn. Max passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 10, at  his  home.
  • Alodia Corpuz as she recuperates from surgery
  • Rita Jennings, Alta Bates Hospital
  • Ruth Ann Crawford, recuperating at home from surgery
  • Shirley Jones as she undergoes chemotherapy
  • The Kachin people as they observe the third anniversary of their armed conflict with the Government of Myanmar
  • Dwight Dickerson for his family
  • Ann Fields for her brother Ezra and her grandson Scott
  • Thanksgiving with Jeanne Robinson that her daughter in law has been found to be cancer free
  • Kay, Jamie and Stacey Reid
  • Brenda Mabry for her son in law, daughter and grandson
  • Rowena Jackson
  • Marian Ott as she travels
  • Mary Karne for her daughter Maryla and for the Patterson family
  • Geetha Thaker for her mom
  • Myra Saxton for her brother, Javance
  • All who searching for housing and employment


Sunday is the last day to purchase tickets for the July 3 A’s game and fireworks spectacular. We hope to have a great turnout and a great time. Please see Pastor Allison.