Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church

I am proud to be part of a community that supports its young people in their spiritual growth so well. One important programmatic piece of the support is the annual CARAVAN summer mission experience. Once again your support – through your pledges and your giving to the student fundraisers – helped a large group of our high school youth to learn from and serve others through a week of work, worship, and conversation with people from outside their usual circles.

This year the youth served families and organizations on the Navajo Nation, through projects coordinated by the Sierra Service Project in Tsaile, AZ. Groups helped improve homes, worked on environmental and agricultural projects, and were able to hear from local leaders and activists. They dug deeper into themselves and built meaningful relationships with one another as we shared in meals, sampled dorm life at the only native-owned college in the United States, and led one another in worship and reflections.

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday at one of our worship services, so that you can hear directly from our youth about what they thought or felt. Listen as they speak to you of hardships, or joy in their work and one another, and about what they learned of beauty from our Navajo hosts. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at these special services.

Theme for Sunday

We begin by acknowledging the traditional territory upon which we gather here today. For many thousands of years, the Tamyen and Ohlone people have sought to walk gently on this land. They offered assistance to the first European travelers to this territory and shared their knowledge for survival. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honor and deep respect.

1 John 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Luke 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
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