Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for June 23
Rev. Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski, preaching

It’s hard to believe, but VBS is almost coming to a close. Thanks for your prayers for all the kids attending, the youth helpers, the teachers, and so many more volunteers that it takes to make the week work. It has been a week full of stories, crafts, jump houses, snacks, music, building relationships, and learning more and more about the love of Jesus. What a great way to spend a week!

As we dip in and out of high temperatures, it can be easy (and appropriate) to think a lot about getting out of the heat and wishing for cooler days. I hope you are also able to reflect on God’s deep and abiding love for you. We find ourselves in many different circumstances and life stages and with varying abilities and challenges. But the thing that unites us is God’s love that is deep and abiding.

I look forward to time with you this Sunday. At 10 a.m. we’ll hear our VBS kids sing their theme song, and at all of our services (7:50 a.m., 10 a.m., and 5 p.m.) we’ll pray for our CARAVAN students who leave early this Saturday for a week of learning and service with the Navajo Nation. And let’s keep them in prayer until they return to us the afternoon of Sunday, June 30.

Theme for Sunday

The ability to see is connected to the ability to love. If you don't see me, you can't love me.

~Daniel Lee, Assistant Provost for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Seminary
Questions for Reflection
  • Reflect on a time when you felt like an outsider. Can you remember a time when you changed from an outsider to an insider? What made the difference?
  • What are some of the things that divide us today? What would happen if we saw others as God's beloved children apart from all other labels?
  • Is there a person or a group of people you can choose to see as God's beloved rather than any labels that you might apply to them currently?
Galatians 3:23-29

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
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