Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for June 28
Testing and Tasting
Rev. Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski, preaching

I look forward to gathering with you each Sunday. As we gather we have the precious privilege of worshiping together and reflecting on a passage of scripture. We get to pray with and for one another and consider how our faith interacts with the world around us. Our hearts were made for worship and we were created for community, so I’m grateful for the many ways we get to continue in community. 

I’m aware that many of us have entered into new forms of normal. Maybe like me, you found that at the beginning of shelter in place, everyone was eager to answer the phone and connect. And now it seems a bit less so. But I hope that you’ll continue to call friends and acquaintances at church to check in and to offer and receive encouragement. There may be a new normal, but it’s not what it used to be. Those thoughtful calls, emails, and texts will be appreciated. 

And just as our notes and calls to friends are appreciated, so they are when we use them to make our voices heard. The power of a call or a letter to your elected officials is sometimes underrated. Think about what’s on your heart. Then write a note. Your voice matters in so many ways. 

I so look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 2 p.m. as we continue to look at Abraham together. The stories of scripture beckon us to explore them. Let’s not miss an opportunity to do so.

See you soon!


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Theme for Sunday
“Our role in life is to bring the light of our own souls to the dim places around us.”

“Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.”
―Joan Chittister
Questions for Reflection
  • When times are difficult, is there a story or a memory you hold that reminds you of God’s faithfulness?
  • What are you holding to these days to remind yourself that God is faithful and you are not alone?
Genesis 22:1-14
After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.

But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
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