Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
June 13, 2021
Rev. Dale Bracey, preaching

We might soon be worshiping and meeting in person again! California is opening on the 15th, which means most COVID 19 restrictions will be eased! We're learning what this means for where we work, whether we go back to classrooms, whether we can go to big events or to the gym. Can we hug family members or grandchildren?

But hold on: Did we gain something from the 14 month hibernation? Perhaps we never read many books, nor cleaned our garages, or labeled all our old photos from past years. but many were surprised to be meeting virtually online with friends and family far away!

Did you discover new facets of yourself when restrictions limited options?

Did you begin to re-think your life, or be rudely awakened by the duplicity of politicians intent on wrecking our democracy?

When enormous changes are confronting our nation, what are Christ's followers to be doing?


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Theme for Sunday
“What’s happening to me?” is the question I’m hearing more often now. You may be feeling out of touch with the person you used to be. Disconnected. Or you may be wondering about our nation that is struggling with the facts and true needs of our people. 

Questions for Reflection
  • What one thing do you celebrate about easing restrictions?
  • Have you learned anything new about yourself since last March?
2 Corinthians 5:6-7, 13-18
So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

Mark 4:26-32
Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”