Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
July 18, 2021
"The Fringe"
Rev. Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski, preaching

After a week that has provided those of us in California with a break in the heat, we thank God for the break and continue to pray for those factors that contribute to climate change and our own participation in it.

Here at SVPC it's been a good week with youth activities, a park day this evening organized by Children's Ministries, and so much more.

I do hope you're finding ways to continue to connect with friends and family, whether that's in person or in other ways.

I look forward to seeing you online at 11 a.m. on Sunday!


Join us immediately following worship this Sunday for Coffee Hour.

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Theme for Sunday

“One of the most subtle ways to avoid imitating someone is to put them on a pedestal, above and apart from us. When you accept that Jesus was not merely divine but human as well, you can begin to see how you are not separate from Jesus. Open yourself to recognizing the great paradoxes within Jesus. Then you can begin to hold those same opposites together within yourself.

Richard Rohr, The Naked Now, p. 155
Questions for Reflection

  • The text talks about people coming and going which is so reflective of our usual experience of life. Shelter-in-place interrupted this for most of us. What do you hope to choose to keep from that forced slow down?
  • What does this text tell you about how God views the world? How does God call you to view the world?
  • All who touched the fringe of Jesus' cloak were healed. What requests do you carry as you seek to touch the fringe of Jesus' cloak?
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.