Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for October 6
Rev. Hardy H. Kim, preaching
Greetings!

Sometimes when we look at all the things we want to accomplish in the world, it seems like we don’t have nearly enough resources to get them all done. If we allow ourselves to look up from our own lives and our own little corners of the world—to see what’s going on in the broader context of our country and planet—then the sense of being overwhelmed gets even greater, doesn’t it?

When we come to situations where we are at the end of our own resources, we have an opportunity to rely on something beyond our own selves. As we enter into a month when we talk about stewardship for the year to come, I hope our whole SVPC community can think about the resources we have as people of faith. How are we all being called into our future by a God who is faithful to us, and who calls us to be faithful in return?

I hope you will join us in worship as we reflect on God’s gracious faithfulness to us—especially in hard times – and as we consider how we will respond to God.

Faithfully,
Hardy

P.S. This Sunday is our monthly Turning the Tables on Hunger Food Drive. Suggested items to donate include canned meat, vegetables, fruit, pasta, soup, peanut butter, rice, beans, powdered milk, and cereal. Please do not bring glass containers. As we come to the Lord’s table for communion, let us reach out and provide food for members of our community who are hungry.
Theme for Sunday

“There is so much deep contradiction in my soul. Such deep longing for God - so deep that it is painful—a suffering continual—and yet not wanted by God—repulsed—empty—no faith—no love—no zeal. Souls hold no attraction—Heaven means nothing—to me it looks like an empty place—the thought of it means nothing to me and yet this torturing longing for God. Pray for me please that I keep smiling at Him in spite of everything. For I am only His—so He has every right over me. I am perfectly happy to be nobody, even to God....”

—Mother Teresa, Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta
Questions for Reflection
  • Has there ever been a time when things were so hard you didn’t know what to do, not even what to say?
  • What or who did you turn to? What are some spiritual or practical things that got you through those moments?
Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26

How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal. She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has no one to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies. Judah has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives now among the nations, and finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress. The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the festivals; all her gates are desolate, her priests groan; her young girls grieve, and her lot is bitter. Her foes have become the masters, her enemies prosper, because the Lord has made her suffer for the multitude of her transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the foe. From daughter Zion has departed all her majesty. Her princes have become like stags that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer. The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.