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The Beatitudes – February 17, 2019

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Luke 6:17-26 All three Synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – report this story we just read. Do you remember when you read the Beatitudes for the first time? What was your response? How did you feel? I was a high school student, when I first read the Beatitudes. My first response was: “How […]

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The Wisdom of The Magi – January 6, 2019

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Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12 Happy New Year! For most people, Christmas was well over by January 2nd. But let me remind you that for the Church, Christmas season ends today, at Epiphany, which marks the visit of the Magi, the Wise Men. There are many legends about this story, one of which is that they […]

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Jesus is HERE with us – December 30, 2018

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Luke 2:41-52 Do you remember being twelve years old?  I remember those days.  I was happy and innocent.  As I went to school every day, I went to church every Sunday, not necessary because I wanted to learn about God, but because I had many good friends there.  As I grew into the teen-age years […]

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Favored One? – December 23, 2018

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Luke 1:39-45 The passage we just heard from Luke’s gospel is preceded by the annually-repeated annunciation to Mary.  “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son….”  Mary asks how this is possible since she is still a virgin; the angel says […]

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Joy of the Season – December 16, 2018

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Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7 Today is the 3rd Sunday in Advent, and we just lit the candle of joy. If you noticed, the color of the candle for today is pink, and not purple like the other three. The theme for today is “joy.” Usually I bring a 6-page-long sermon on Sunday mornings, but today, […]

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CHRIST THE KING – November 25, 2018

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John 18:33-37 On the ecclesiastical calendar, today is Christ the King Sunday. It is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The liturgical year is, of course, different from the secular calendar year. The liturgical year begins with Advent, the time we set aside for reflection about the coming of Christ. Advent is followed by […]

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Widow’s Mite – November 11, 2018

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Mark 12: 38-44 As we begin our stewardship campaign today, the lectionary text assigned for this Sunday is about a widow and her gift. How appropriate it is! When we planned our ministries at the Church Council meeting in September, no one knew about the text for today. Is it coincidence? Or, is it providence? […]

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“We Are Called to Be A Saint” – November 4, 2018

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Revelation 7:9-17; Matt. 5:1-12 I was a teacher at Ewha Girls’ High School before I came to study at Drew Theological School in 1989. Ewha was established by Mary Scranton who was among the first missionaries to Korea over 130 years ago. One day, I asked my students about how they thought of the Kingdom […]

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Bartimaeus: Son of Timaeus – October 28, 2018

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Mark 10:46-52 The lenses in my eye glasses have to be changed in about every two years, because my eyes continue to change as I get older. Even though they are progressive lenses, it is not easy to read small letters. That’s why I printed this sermon out with big letters. I think I must […]