Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
July 25, 2021
"Experience Soul Break. Then Kiki."
Rev. Annanda Barclay, preaching
Greetings!

This upcoming Sunday our SVPC community is gathering together to receive a gift of worship that was prepared by members of the More Light Presbyterian community from around the country, meant to be used as a resource for online worship by member congregations.

When we worship with people or in settings that are unfamiliar, we can sometimes hold the words, music, images, and ideas at arms-length. We’re not fully in worshipwe keep back a little and observe the worship. From this position it can be hard to really accept the other people we encounter, and it can be hard to really feel like we are connecting with God through the prayers or proclamation.

I want to invite you to shift your perspective a bit more on Sundayjust as you have been doing for 18 months now during a pandemic that has changed every aspect of our shared life at SVPC. May we understand that WE are also a part of the More Light family now too! This word we will hear is not just spoken to us; it has been proclaimed by a community that we have chosen to join, that has welcomed us with joy. As we are taught, challenged, embraced, and LED by our LGBTQIA+ siblings in worship, we will be given a chance to be more fully the inclusive church we want to be. We will receive the grace of seeing more fully God’s face in the saints that surround us.

Thanks be to God.

Hardy

Join us immediately following worship this Sunday for Coffee Hour.

After the service is over, log on to our Zoom coffee time at:

Theme for Sunday

We enter into this sacred space and place of worship realizing that we do not come alone. Though we may be one in body we are joined in spirit by those whom have gone before and paved the way for us to be here today.

—Rev. Shanea D. Leonard, from the “Gathering and Call to Worship,” More Light Sunday 2021
2 Samuel 1:1; 17-27

After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag.

David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan. (He ordered that The Song of the Bow be taught to the people of Judah; it is written in the Book of Jashar.) He said: Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places! How the mighty have fallen! Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon; or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, the daughters of the uncircumcised will exult. You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor bounteous fields! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, anointed with oil no more. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, nor the sword of Saul return empty. Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with crimson, in luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan lies slain upon your high places. I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!