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Seattle First Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church and part of the Evergreen Association. We are a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation and have a rich history of living into our progressive Christian values. While rooted in this tradition we also strive to walk God's path in this 21st century society.
Welcome to our new organist, Youngjin Joo!
Following an extensive search process, the Organist Search Committee is pleased to announce that Youngjin Joo will be our organist. Some of you may have been with us in worship on February 12 to hear her play. Here we have posted her rendition of the rousing “Toccata on Amazing Grace” by Christopher Pardini.
Youngjin begins her ministry with us at choir rehearsal on March 22 and plays her first service with us on March 26. You can read more about her in the March issue of the Spire, which is due out this weekend.
~ Christopher Pardini Youngjin Joo, organ
Larry Green wrote the music and lyrics for "Dignity," which he performed with help from some choir members, on Sunday. The lyrics are based on the words of former President Barack Obama.
Dignity – music and lyrics by Larry Green, acc. by Groove Delux and Sarah Burkhart, Eric Jeffords, Katie Kelley, Pat Kile, & Vicky Thomas Spoken Word…
In our latest blog, Pat Kile reflects on growing up during the '60s and her recent participation in the Women's March.
Now I’m in MY 60’s, at least for another year. And on January 21, 2017 I became a protester myself when I participated in the international Women’s March. To be precise, I think I had participated in at least one protest march against the war in Iraq with other Seattle First Baptist members. But it was much smaller and not that memorable. This was memorable—in fact, it was a life-changer. It was truly remarkable in its scope, its organization, and its peacefulness. And it was so energizing to know as we marched that women and men in cities around the world were marching together in common purpose. My daughter Kate was marching in New York and we shared photos back and forth.
seattlefirstbaptist.org By Pat Kile What is it they say—if you remember the 60’s, you weren’t really there. . . ? I guess that could be me. I was a college student in the second half of that decade, at Kansas State...
On Sunday we commemorated the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII by marching from SFBC to Japanese Baptist Church. It was the 75th Anniversary of signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment.
Lydia Flora Barlow, our pulpit guest, delivered "A Call to Resistance" on Sunday.
As I thought about what to say today I could hear the line of ministers in my family saying “Don’t get fancy Lydia. Go back to the scripture. Talk about what you know. Whats on your heart. The rest will follow. So today I’ll stand with that advice.
Mother Father God, thank you for Matthew 5.38-48
Telling us, commanding us, how to fight for justice
Thank you for souls through generations that have experimented with and left the legacy of fighting in threads reaching out to use through time.
In this time, hearing a new call to resistance from this new generation, may we continue to be drawn from complacency to wise action, and may it bring forth to us the beloved community.
Lydia Flora Barlow, preaching February 19, 2017
Japanese American Internment - 75th Anniversary
Sunday, Feb. 19 is the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066, which sent 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent who lived on the West Coast into concentration camps during World War II. Seattle First Baptist Church came to the aid of our sisters and brothers of Japanese descent during that time, and now we remember the internment as the enormous violation of human rights that it was.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, we will recognize the Internment during worship at 11 a.m. Immediately following worship our congregation is invited to march down Broadway to Japanese Baptist Church, where we will share coffee hour with our sisters and brothers. Transportation will be available for people who are unable to make the walk, which is about 15 minutes long. See below for more information on the Internment and related activities.
This Sunday in his sermon "Make It Plain," Pastor Tim Phillips reflected on the history of our church and the actions of Pastor Harold Jensen during World War II.
I’ve thought a lot about what it must have been like for pastor Jensen, after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, to stand up in this pulpit in February and speak out against the rounding up of Japanese neighbors and sending them off to detention centers.
And we are at that moment again. The integrity of this pulpit demands that we say “yes” to our Muslim and Mexican and Central American neighbors and “no” to the forces and the executive orders that would send them away.
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Rev. Tim Phillips, preaching February 12, 2017
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