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Ash Wednesday Sermon – February 14, 2018

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Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Good evening, my friends and pilgrims.  All Christians are pilgrims. Especially those who come to Ash Wednesday Service on Valentine’s Day (I believe) are very serious pilgrims.  So welcome pilgrims.  I am happy you are here tonight.  I thank God for you, my pilgrim friends. I want to share an excellent book, […]

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Mountaintop Experience – February 11, 2018

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Mark 9:2-9 Have you ever been to a mountaintop?  If you have, what was it like?  How did you feel?  About 10 years ago, while I was serving the Overlook UMC in Woodstock, NY, I took my family to the Overlook Mountain.  Along the way, I still remember that both Jonathan and Elizabeth said “Are […]

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Authority – January 28, 2017

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Mark 1:21-28 Last week, I attended a clergy retreat and the main speaker was a retired Korean Bishop Young Jin Cho.  Before I left, I read the lectionary texts for this Sunday, as I usually do on every Monday morning.  I feel blessed, honestly speaking, somewhat relieved if I had a theme for my sermon […]

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Jesus’ Baptism: Naming – January 7, 2018

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Mark 1:4-11 As we begin the New Year, the lectionary text we have on this first Sunday is the story of Jesus’ baptism.  As he stands in the Jordan, having just been baptized by John, there is no doubt about God’s acknowledgment of him: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am […]

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Amen to 2017 – December 31. 2017

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Luke 2:22-40 Good morning!  Today is the last day in 2017.  Can you believe it?  It was like yesterday when we greeted one another saying “Happy New Year!”  What has it been like for you?  Good?  I think many people are feeling better because the economy is doing well and stock market went up 25% […]

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A Perfect Gift – December 24, 2017

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Luke 2:1-20 Since this is Christmas Eve, I assume that your shopping rush is over.  All done, right?  (For most of us, it’s done!  Good).  How about wrapping?  Is it all done as well?  Are all the gifts under the tree now?  I hope so.  We have a tendency to relate Christmas to the receiving […]

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A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness – December 17, 2017

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John 1:6-8, 19-28 A man who thought he was John the Baptist was disturbing the neighborhood, so for public safety, he was committed.  He was put in a room with another crazy and immediately began his routine, “I am John The Baptist!  Jesus Christ has sent me!”  The other guy looks at him and declares, […]

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Waiting with Hope – December 7, 2017

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Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:28-37 Today is the first Sunday of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Christian Year.  Advent is both a time of thanksgiving for the gift of Christ to us in the past and a time of anticipation and waiting of his second coming.  The word “advent” is a Latin word, adventus, […]

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A Response: Refugee Ministry – November 26, 2017

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Mark 9:30-37 First of all, thank you very much for your presentation, Susan, and your ministry for refugees.  While I watching the video last week, I realized that too often we conveniently forget that our Lord Jesus himself was a refugee.  According to Matthew chapter 2, the Holy Family had to escape to Egypt because […]

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Vision for 2025 – November 19, 2017

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Ephesians 4:1-6, 11-16 Today’s lectionary Gospel lesson is the parable of talents which is a wonderful text for stewardship.  Last Sunday, we celebrated Consecration Sunday and we had heard stewardship messages for last 4 Sundays in a row.  So, I decided to change the theme today.  But, before I begin, I want to say thank […]