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Holy Shamoley – July 29, 2018

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Ephesians 3:14 – 21  When I served a church in Woodstock, NY, I learned about an expression, “Holy Shamoley!” from a church member. His name is Knud Hansen, a wonderful human-being, a very faithful servant of God. Along with his wife, Gladys, they were pillars of the church. They were also known as “Grandpa and […]

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Solitude, Silence and Sabbath – Jul 22, 2018

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Mark 6:30-34 Everyone needs a rest and we need to go to a secluded place once in a while.  As some of you know, we are planning a cross-country road trip during my vacation.  I hope this could be my “secluded place” that I need to go for a rest.  But, I am not sure…, […]

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Murder of a Prophet – July 15, 2018

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Mark 6:14-29 I wonder what was your first reaction when you heard our lesson today.  Weren’t you surprised to hear about John the Baptist in July?  (Because), we are used to contending with John the Baptist in Advent season.  Every December while we try to do our Christmas shopping, John holds forth, telling us to […]

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A Paradox: Strength in Weakness – July 8, 2018

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2 Cor. 12: 2-10 In our text today, Paul says, “I am strong, when I am weak.”  Strength in weakness?  Power in weakness?  This is a count-cultural message, isn’t it? Power and strength are worshipped by most people, and weakness is despised above all things.  It goes against everything we’ve been taught.   I don’t […]

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Storms of Life: Does God Care? – June 24, 2018

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Mark 4:35-41 The Gospel lesson we just read is a familiar story.  I have preached several sermons based on this text.  But, when I read this story again last Monday, my heart became heavy because I knew it would be difficult for me to prepare for a sermon such a time as this.  The images […]

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A Father’s Day Reflection – June 17, 2018

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Mark 4:26-34; Philippians 4:4-8 Happy father’s day!  I wish all the Dads here “Happy Father’s Day,” because (I don’t know about you, but I think) Fathers don’t get much attention/respect nowadays.  In the Korean culture, the authority of a father as the head of family is the focal point of the family life.  I try […]

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Keeping the Sabbath – June 3, 2018

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Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Mark 2:23-3:6 Every Sunday when we begin our worship service, I greet you with Psalm 118:24.   “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  And the Old Testament lesson says, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy…set apart; six days you shall […]

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Nicodemus: A Seeker – May 27, 2018

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Isaiah 6:1-8; John 3:1-17  In today’s story we read about Nicodemus the seeker, drawn to Jesus, talking with him late into the night, yet held back by all his old beliefs and customs and commitments.  I wonder how many people here feel a bit like Nicodemus?  Unsure if we want to get too involved in […]

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Our Confirmation Journey Together – May 20, 2018

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Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:10-20  I am delighted this morning and I have anticipated on this day because Kate and Veronica just made their decisions FOR and their commitment TO Christ today.  By baptism (years ago) and confirmation (today), they just became full members of our Church.  To become a full member, our confirmands had to […]