Pastor Kim in her children’s time listed qualities that they valued most in their dad. That list is repeated here, understanding that no parent ever lives up to these 100% of the time:
“He takes time for me.”
“He listens to me.”
“He plays with me.”
“He invites me to go places with him.”
“He lets me help him.”
“He treats my mother well.”
“He lets me say what I think.”
“He is nice to my friends.”
“He only punishes me when I deserve it.”
He is not afraid to admit when he is wrong.”
Her sermon was based on Matthew 10:24-39 In the sermon, she recommended a book that both of us have read to educate ourselves about racism, “How to Be an Anti-racist” by Ibram X. Kendi. We encourage you to read it.
This is Kim’s last Sunday service. Clare Conner will lead worship next week, Sunday June 28th. Stay tuned. Rev. Sunjae Lee and his wife begin their quarantine in the parsonage on June 22nd with the hope that by day 7 they can get tested and will be negative. If no symptoms and the tests are negative they can end their quarantine. Regardless, he will lead your worship on Sunday, July 5th.
During the June 14th worship service, Pastor Kim spoke about the choir gathering to play chimes physically distant at our Pavilion and wearing masks. If you would like to listen to choir members led by Suiong Wong play “Amazing Grace” arranged for bell and chime choirs by Kristine Johanek on a windy Saturday, click on this video.
Pastor Kim’s message on June 14th was based on selections from Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 at the point where Jesus sends out the disciples in pairs to “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons”.
You can view this video at a worship time that works best for you and your family by clicking on the arrow by the image above. You can then make it full screen by clicking on the icon next to “vimeo” with four arrows pointing out.
Our Bishop for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, has now allowed pastors to offer online communion. Pastor Kim did so on the first Sunday of June. If you missed this service, you can do communion at home while listening to the service and having bread and juice as described below.
Bread: have some bread to share with whomever you are doing worship with. Crackers and regular sandwich bread work. The bread at the Last Supper, being a Passover meal, was probably unleavened bread like matzah.
Juice: Don’t stress over the juice. If you want it to symbolize Christ’s blood use a red juice you will enjoy drinking the rest of the week. Otherwise water or another beverage is fine. First century people drank wine at most meals because the alcohol was a natural antiseptic. Water was often contaminated and made people sick. United Methodists moved to using grape juice, not wine, a long time ago so that those who have given up alcohol for whatever reason would be welcome.
The real point: Jesus asked us to gather and share bread and cup to remember him. We remember all he has done for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember he is the Bread of Life and pours his life into us. Empowered by celebrating that Jesus ‘s life now lives in us and forms us into a community of believers, we go forward to live our faith as part of his body—the church. Though we cannot physically gather, we can gather online. COVID 19 does not cancel us being the church. Surely Christ is powerful enough to honor us with his presence as we sincerely seek to worship in this new way in a difficult time.
This is the video worship service that we posted for Sunday, May 24th. May 24th was the seventh Sunday of Easter season, which runs for 50 days and ends on Pentecost. Jesus has been reminding his disciples since the resurrection that this is now the beginning of how we will carry his heart within ours. This is how we get to the heart of the matter and today we are invited to Open our Hearts to see and share Jesus. In worship, we remember Christ is still with us. We get to share Christ.
May 17th was the sixth Sunday of Easter season. We are getting to the heart of the matter and looking to Jesus who was in that Sunday’s gospel lesson of John 14: 15-20 promises us that by the Holy Spirit we are connected by love to God and each other. How precious we are that God’s love is kept in our hearts to fill our lives with purpose.
Each week while we practice social distancing, we post a video worship service. For Sunday, May 10th, Pastor Kim’s message reflected on John 14: 1-10 that starts with “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Within the message, she talks about UM ARMY, which stands for United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth, the summer week-long mission project our church has done the previous ten summers.
For Sunday, May 3rd, we had a 30 min service on the theme “overflowing hearts”. Kim’s message was on Psalm 23 and John 10: 1-10 . The service included direction on doing a love feast. She also recommended that you have a glass filled to the brim sitting in a bowl. You could then put your stone into the glass so that it overflows.
On Sunday, April 26th, the service was a 30min service on the theme “straight from the heart”. Kim’s message is on Luke 24, the walk to Emmaus when two disciples encounter the risen Jesus without knowing. The service included music, hymn singing, prayer, Kim’s message, and joys and concerns.