Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for June 16
Rev. Hardy Kim, preaching
Greetings!

On this Sunday when we get together to worship we’ll not only be celebrating Trinity Sunday, we’ll also be commissioning our high school youth (and their advisors) for their summer mission trip, CARAVAN! I hope that you’ll join us in blessing them, and pray for them.

They are going to go and spend good time with each other in fellowship. But they’re also going to work hard. They’ll experience new things that might be strange to them. Much of it might even be hard. Through all of this, even the suffering, we hope that God will move powerfully in their hearts, and transform them by the mysteries of grace and love.

Don’t miss this chance to empower the group for a special experience!

In Christ’s peace,
Hardy
Theme for Sunday

“It is about being willing to suffer for something worth suffering for, as Jesus did, without allowing ourselves to be destroyed by it. Suffering is a stepping stone to maturity. It moves us beyond fantasy to facts. We know everything in life will not go our way. We will not simply get what we want or avoid what we do not. And we will know when the price is worth paying or not.”
—Sister Joan Chittister,
The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life
Questions for Reflection
  • Has there ever been a time when you wrestled with God about a hard situation or experience?
  • Were you able to feel God with you, or did you feel you gained something out of your suffering?
Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
   Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
   to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
   mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
   and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
   you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
   and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
   whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

John 16:12-15

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
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