Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for November 12, 2017
The Rev. Dr. Libby Boatwright, preaching
Greetings!

Jesus loved to speak in parables - those tight, terse little tales with a twist. And today’s passage is no different. Many people of the first century were aware of the need for a good lamp to light their way in the dark. But what about those who refused to fill their vessels and waited as entitled participants for the main event? When the time came to join the party, their passes were revoked for lack of thinking ahead. As they made a mad dash for provisions, the door closed to the celebration. Believing, giving, living the believer’s life in anticipation of a far greater treasure exceeds waiting for someone to rescue us. Let’s not miss the party. 

I look forward to your participation at our worship services at 7:50 a.m., 10 a.m., or 5 p.m.

Blessings,
Libby
Thank you..
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Theme for Sunday

“Jesus proclaimed, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand…He is saying that a whole new order is about to enter history, and if you want to be part of it, you will need a change so fundamental that the Gospel of John would later refer to it as a “new birth.” Being born again was not meant to be a private religious experience that is hard to communicate…but rather the prerequisite for joining a new and very public movement—the Jesus and kingdom of God movement.”  --Jim Wallis
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took...

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Questions for
Reflection
 
The kingdom of heaven as been described as the rule of an eternal sovereign God over all the universe, eternal, incorporating everything that is. Others might argue that the kingdom is a spiritual rule over the hearts and lives of those who willingly submit to God’s authority involving repentance and new birth, and God will rule in the hearts of His children. What is the kingdom of heaven to you? Do any of these descriptions ring true? What is your definition?

As you read Matthew 25:1-13, what do you see as the main theme? Readiness? Trust? Diligence? Do you feel it was fair the foolish bridesmaids were shut out?

When you hear the words, “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour,” what does it mean to you? Is this the way Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is “living in the kingdom of heaven?” What can we do differently?
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