Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for January 14
Speak, Lord
The Rev. Hardy Kim, preaching

One of the things that can be hard about special holiday celebrations is that, after they’re done, we end up back in the reality of our everyday lives. It was great to be part of warm and uplifting Christmas services and gatherings with family. It felt great to share gifts with one another, and to even contribute goods and our resources to helping those in need. We even spent time thinking about how God’s entry into our world gives us hope for all the challenges that face our communities.

We’ve prepared the way. We’ve met God in the Christ child. But our world is still broken and hurting. We’re still not certain what exactly we need to do in order to be faithful. Over the next few weeks we’ll be thinking about the call of the prophets that we encounter in our Old Testament readings. They were people who reminded God’s community of the work that still needed to be done, who never stopped talking about the need to live into greater faithfulness.

Come join us in worship as we seek to pay attention to their wisdom. And I especially hope you can be here this Sunday at our Early Light and 10 a.m. services. We’ll be continuing our quest to serve God in faithfulness, recognizing God’s special call to leaders in our midst by ordaining and installing new elders and deacons. I look forward to seeing you there!

Theme for Sunday

“Prophetic experience is more than an encounter or a confrontation. It is a moment of being overwhelmed by the tremendous arrival. From a distance, the word surges forth to land in the prophet’s soul. It is more than the sense of being addressed, of receiving a communication; it is more accurate to describe it as the sense of being overpowered by the word.” -Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Prophets
Questions for Reflection

  • What are the ways that God is calling you, personally, to work for change or justice in the world?
  • What are some of the things that make living out that call hard? What are some of the things that could go wrong? Who are some of the people that might be offended?
Scripture Reading : 1 Samuel 3:1-20

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the...

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