Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for May 13
A Witness To The Resurrection
Rev. Hardy Kim, preaching

In Presbyterian communities we talk about the priesthood of all believers. This is a condensed way of saying that we believe all people in our faith family are equally responsible - and equally empowered – for putting God’s vision of ministry into action. 

Often we look to the early church, described in the book of Acts, to think about the shape of that shared ministry. We’ve been reading through passages from Acts since Easter Sunday, and we have seen examples of God’s Spirit being granted to all the believers, not just to some. However, the passage for this Sunday does talk about particular individuals being identified to fill particular roles.

This Sunday we’re going to talk about what this scripture means; about how we can also be faithful to God’s call on all of our lives to serve in Jesus’ ongoing ministry of justice and peace, and about how we pick certain people to take on special positions in our community. I hope you’ll come so that you can reflect on your part in the bigger picture of the things God is doing in our midst.

In Christ’s peace,

Theme for Sunday

The Church’s ministry is a gift from Jesus Christ to the whole Church. Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills, exercising his authority by the ministry of women and men for the establishment and extension of God’s new creation. Christ’s ministry is the foundation and standard for all ministry, the pattern of the one who came “not to be served but to serve.” The basic form of ministry is the ministry of the whole people of God, from whose midst some are called to ordered ministries, to fulfill particular functions. Members and those in ordered ministries serve together under the mandate of Christ.

PC(USA) Book of Order (G-2.0101), Christ’s Ministry
Questions for Reflection

  • Think about someone in your life (personal or public) who has been a good leader. What made them a good leader? 

  • What do you think our faith tradition tells us about leadership? Are the gifts we look for in our faith community leaders different from leadership gifts we value in other parts of our lives? If so, how?

Scripture Reading : Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

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