Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for September 15
Addie Domske, preaching

My house is not unpacked. The turtles are living large in their aquariums and the bearded dragon got a new tank glow up, but the humans are lost under piles, still trying to find a favorite video game or sweatshirt.

I talked to my mom (a Presbyterian minister) on the phone, and I reported my excitement at the passage, since it had been on my mind to talk with SVPC about love and transition. She reminded me that God’s Word is meant for just that: to better see God speaking to the things we are already contemplating as we move through our Mondays–Saturdays.

This Sunday’s parables have everything to do with how love and loss are tied together with community transition. Come this Sunday to discuss how we’re finding our lost sheep and coins, unmasking our fears with love as our guide.

From beneath a pile of clothes,

Image: The Tenth Piece of Silver by Frank Wesley
Theme for Sunday

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Questions for Reflection
  • Who was lost that is coming home to SVPC?
  • When has love unmasked your fears?
  • How do you see SVPC living into the “quest and daring and growth” that Baldwin says accompanies genuine love?
Luke 15:1-10

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”