Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for April 15
Rev. Hardy Kim, preaching

Easter Greetings! 

Yes. Easter Sunday has already passed. But the season of Easter lasts all the way up to Pentecost (May 20). It’s a season when we celebrate the new life that we’ve been granted by God and consider the ways that we, as the Church, are called to be Jesus Christ’s resurrected body in the world. 

So, it’s an especially good time to be refocusing ourselves on our goal of being an increasingly diverse and more inclusive “body” of Christ in a world where many people are challenging old institutions to rethink who belongs, or who has a place at the center of communities.

In the story we’ll be thinking about on Sunday, Peter and John encounter a person who has been “lame” from birth, someone who has been receiving help from other worshipers in the temple. Somehow they are able to restore this person to health—but there are questions about the thing they have done. I hope you’ll join us as we explore this story more deeply, as we talk about what it means to be—together—a renewed and resurrected body in the world.

Theme for Sunday

“The resurrected Jesus Christ in presenting impaired hands and feet and side to be touched by frightened friends alters the taboo of physical avoidance of disability and calls for followers to recognize their connection and equality at the point of Christ’s physical impairment. Christ’s disfigured side bears witness to the existence of ‘hidden’ disabilities as well.”
-Nancy L. Eiesland, The Disabled God
Questions for Reflection

  • What kind of body does our society consider good or perfect? In what ways do you fit those images? In what ways do you feel rejected by those images?

  • To the extent that you believe the Christian community should have different standards than the rest of the world, how do you think churches do (or do not) live out a gracious welcome to people who don’t fit society’s standards for physical or developmental “health?”

Scripture Reading : Acts 3:1-16

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon. And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he ...

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