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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 […]

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A Mother’s Day Reflection – May 13, 2018

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Proverbs 31:10-31   Happy Mother’s Day.  It was Charles Dickens who wrote that if the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children, then the virtues of the mothers must be equally handed on.  I don’t remember exactly but I think it was about 5 years ago when Elizabeth raised her voice at me, shouting: […]

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Friends of Jesus – May 6, 2018

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John 15:9-17  In our Gospel lesson today, Jesus said “I have called you friends.”  We are Jesus’ friends.  And “The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime… if not asked to lend money!”  That’s according to Mark Twain. […]

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Vine and Branches – April 29, 2018

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John 15:1-8  One of the words we use a lot in the United Methodist Church is the word “Connection.”  Yes, we are a connectional church.   Our founder, John Wesley knew the source of the power of those connections.  That source, of course, is God our creator, sustainer and foundation of our being.  Just like […]

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The Lord is My Shepherd – April 22, 2018

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Psalm 23; John 10: 11-18  I had a wonderful and meaningful time during my vacation while you were figuring out where all the gentlemen have gone (thanks to Doug Anderson’s preaching, two weeks ago) and found our commonality (thanks to Jim Perkin’s preaching last week).  I played a round of golf.  It was very cold […]

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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 […]