Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for August 9
“Shalom”
Rev. Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski, preaching
Greetings!

The summer is speeding by, isn’t it? Families’ minds are turning to the details of school and the new forms in which that is taking place. Flowers are continuing to bloom and bring us joy. And many are still taking more walks than before shelter-in-place commenced.

In the midst of things that continue to change, I’m grateful that our community remains strong and connected. I hope you’re feeling connected whether through your PW group, fellowship group, small group, and worship.

I’ve come to really look forward to the new ways in which we are connected. In that vein, I look forward to seeing you at 2 p.m. on Facebook for our time of gathered worship. Thanks for welcoming one another so warmly and sharing your prayer requests.

I’ll see you soon!

Peace,
Karin

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Image: "Joseph," by Jacob Chayat, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Theme for Sunday
Stepping out in faith is not a guarantee that we will not face troubled waters or be filled with fear, but it is always accompanied by the assurance that Jesus will not abandon us, that when we need it most, he will extend his arm to lift us up and get us back in the boat.

—Clifton Kirkpatrick, Daily Feast: Meditations from Feasting on the Word (Year A)

Questions for Reflection
  • Read the text from the perspective of Joseph. Then from the perspective of his brothers. What changes in your reading?
  • Perspective changes everything. Where might your perspective need to change to see things from another’s view?
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron. He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’“ So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” —that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father.

So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.