Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for November 11
Rev. Dr. Jim Bennett, preaching

With the time change last weekend, the cooler temperatures, and Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are heading into a season that celebrates abundance. But we also know that we are in a time and a geography of contradiction. While we see much evidence of abundance here in Silicon Valley, we also know there are many among us whose experience is one of scarcity. The contradiction is not new, as this Sunday’s gospel reading makes clear. 

This Sunday we will consider Jesus’ response to this incongruity as we see yet again the power of scripture to challenge the ways of the world. I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday as we gather in that time and space that reorients us to the God who has created and redeemed us and who calls us into community with one another.

Theme for Sunday

Those who sign on and depart the system of anxious scarcity become the history makers in the neighborhood.

―Walter Brueggemann, Journey to the Common Good
Questions for Reflection
  • Abundance and scarcity come in many forms. What in your life is abundant and what is scarce?
  • Think about a time you witnessed a seemingly small act of sacrifice, perhaps unnoticed by others. What about this act moved you?
Mark 12:38-44

He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.

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