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Future Perfect (Easter & Baptism) – April 1, 2018

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John 20:1-18  Happy Easter, everyone!  Today, many Christians shout and celebrate “Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed.”  It is not an April Fool’s day joke.  It is not fake news; it is the Good News of our Lord, Jesus Christ!  We truly believe Christ is risen from the dead.  How do we believe it?  […]

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Hosanna! Save Us! – March 25, 2018

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Mark 11:1-11              If you look at the Christian calendar, today is marked as Palm/Passion Sunday.  It used to be the Palm Sunday.  But, not too many years ago, some theologians have asked if we need to change it into Palm/Passion Sunday.  Why?  Well, their concern was like this: mid-week […]

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What do you hear? – March 18, 2018

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John 12:20-33; Jeremiah 31: 31-34 “The days are surely coming, says the Lord.”  Surely, we need this affirmation from Jeremiah again and again.  Jeremiah is known as “the Weeping Prophet.”  He is NOT famous for bringing words of comfort and hope.   Rather, he constantly criticizes both the religious and political establishment which exploited the […]

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Press on toward the Goal – February 18, 2018

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Philippians 3:4b-14 There was another senseless school shooting last week.  When I first heard about it, I lamented, “Oh…, no!  Not again!”  I have to confess, though, that I was not in shock this time.  When I found out what happened in Columbine or New Town, I was so terrified and shocked that I couldn’t […]

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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 […]