Worship Focus 

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
May 21, 2017
 
Scripture Passage
   
Questions for
Reflection

How have you experienced God as Lord of your life?

What challenges do you face in keeping God as the sole Lord of your life?

How does the claim that God is Lord of all affect our relationships with others?
 
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Knowing God :: Adonai
The Rev. Dr. Jim Bennett, preaching 
   
 
 
In my family and in my work, the impending end of the school year is one of those times that can feel overwhelming with the seemingly endless parade of projects to finish, events, and celebrations. Perhaps many of you experience this seasonal surge of busyness as well. In such times we do well to remember the meaning and priorities that we want to be the center of our lives. Worship does just that. Worship is the place where we gather in community, take a break from the chaos, and affirm who we are and whose we are.

This Sunday we continue our series "Knowing God," which is looking at some of the names of God. This week we reflect on the name Adonai. This name declares that God is, in the words of Deuteronomy, "God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome." The good news is that God uses that might and awesomeness to love us and invites us into relationship with God and with each other.

I hope look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we gather for worship at 7:50 a.m. (contemplative), 10 a.m. (traditional), and 5 p.m. (contemporary).

Blessings,
Jim
   
Theme for the Day
 
In sovereign love God created the world good
and makes everyone equally in God's image,
male and female, of every race and people,
to live as one community.
-From "A Brief Statement of Faith," Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Scripture Passage

You shall love the Lord your God, therefore, and keep his charge, his decrees, his ordinances, and his commandments always. Remember today that it was not your children (who have not known or seen the discipline of the Lord your God), but it is you who must acknowledge his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and to all his land; what he did to the Egyptian army, to their horses and chariots, how he made the water of the Red Sea flow over them as they pursued you, so that the Lord has destroyed them to this day; what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place; and what he did to Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab son of Reuben, how in the midst of all Israel the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, along with their households, their tents, and every living being in their company; for it is your own eyes that have seen every great deed that the Lord did.

Keep, then, this entire commandment that I am commanding you today, so that you may have strength to go in and occupy the land that you are crossing over to occupy,

You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.