Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for January 21
A Bad Prophet and A Good God
The Rev. Joey Lee, preaching

This Sunday we look at the story of Jonah, that recalcitrant prophet of the Old Testament. It is a short story, only four chapters, and if you get a chance I encourage you to read it before Sunday. It has stormy seas, a great big fish, and feisty dialogue between Jonah and God.  

In the end, as the people of Nineveh repent, God also repents. In the end, no place, not even Nineveh, is God-forsaken. A lesson for our times. 

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 7:50 a.m., 10 a.m., or 5 p.m.

Joey Lee
Theme for Sunday

“The major difference between hating and loving is perhaps that whereas to love somebody is to be fulfilled and enriched by the experience, to hate somebody is to be diminished and drained by it. Lovers, by losing themselves in their loving, find themselves, become themselves. Haters simply lose themselves.” - Fredrick Buechner

“We're going to win this war not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love!”
- Rose Tico, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Questions for Reflection

  • What might it mean for our understanding of God, that God would “repent” or change God’s mind?
  • What places in the world today might we consider God-forsaken?
  • How much are you like or unlike Jonah?
Scripture Reading : Jonah 3:1-5, 10

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, "Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you." So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.

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