Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for September 8
Rev. Hardy H. Kim, preaching

Now that we’ve returned to our normal lives (or as normal as they’re going to get), I think there’s some measure of comfort. We know these routines, and we don’t have to think so hard about what to plan to do for the next day, week, or even season.

But (as many of you experienced when we were away at camp) sometimes it’s important to take a step back from our accustomed practices and to ask whether the what of our various activities are well grounded in the whys that give us a sense of who we are or want to be. What’s our reason for being? Is that reflected in our relationships with others and with our commitments and schedules?

As we kick off this upcoming program year I think we have a chance to think a bit about the big whys we share as a church community, and how they are (or are not) coming through in our plans for the year.

With hope in Christ,

P.S. This Sunday is our monthly Turning the Tables on Hunger Food Drive. During these colder months 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.
Theme for Sunday

“The mission of God in Christ gives shape and substance to the life and work of the Church. In Christ, the Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love, offering to all people the grace of God at font and table, and calling all people to discipleship in Christ. Human beings have no higher goal in life than to glorify and enjoy God now and forever, living in covenant fellowship with God and participating in God’s mission.”

—“The Foundations of Presbyterian Polity,” Chapter 1, Book of Order of the PC(USA)
Questions for Reflection
  • Why do you think the church exists? Why do you come to church?
  • What are some of the things you do, when it comes to your faith, that make you feel most connected to the “whys” that you believe are underneath the call to be in Christian community?
Luke 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”