Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
October 10, 2021
"Love God, Love Neighbor: All Things Are Possible"
Rev. Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski preaching
Greetings!

It has been said that everything we do is an act of worship. But when we gather onsite and online, we participate in corporate worship. This decision to worship together allows us to lift our hearts, our prayers and and our lives to God together. It's an act of love, joy, and dedication.

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday as we continue in our focus on stewardship and in the book of Mark. 

See you onsite or online at 11:00 a.m. PDST.

Peace,

Karin


If you're worshipping with us online, please join us immediately afterward for the virtual Coffee Hour.

Theme for Sunday

Jesus did not leave us many clues as to how to deal with violence and injustice from others - he usually was telling us how to be peaceful and just to others or how not to oppress or be violent to others - but we do have two accounts (in Matthew 5 and Luke 6) that describe Jesus' third and loving way. Jesus' third way of creative, loving, non-violent resistance is clearly the only way to love your enemies and it's the way to bring the reign of God's love and peace into our world and personal lives. Jesus never taught passivity in the face of evil.

Jesus also never taught that violence is the appropriate response to evil.

— Walter Wink
https://sites.ualberta.ca/~cbidwell/DCAS/third.htm
Questions for Reflection
  • Various parts of our lives require making sacrifices. Reflect upon a time when you made a sacrifice that felt worthwhile. What made it so?

  • How do you set priorities when there are many options?
Mark 10:17-31

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.” ’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’

Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’