In this worship, we are celebrating the Lord’s Table. Before worship service begins, please prepare the cup and bread. During the last week, our teens have done an amazing job. All of the tables in the pavilion have been stained, and they look very good. I hope you will have a chance to come and see it. I would like to express my appreciation to all who prayed for the UMARMY and gave their time.
In worship, we are going to talk about a privilege that all of us have received from our creator. What do you think is the most beautiful privilege that we have received? I pray that this worship can be a moment that God shines our soul in grace.
I pray no matter where you are, you may be able to feel the presence of God. Before you begin our worship service, bring your Bible and keep it near you, so that you can read the scripture with the reader in the middle of service.
Today’s scripture comes from 1 Thessalonians 5 and Psalm 12. In the letter, Paul encourages us to be thankful in all circumstances. It maybe one of the familiar scriptures for many of our church members. However, I would like to ask him a question back. How can we possibly be thankful in all circumstance? Amid this time of disease and loss, what does it mean to be thankful? In today’s worship, let’s bring this question to God trying to be honest about what we feel today.
I am hoping to have more opportunities to visit you in person. If you want to have a pastoral visitation, please contact by my email or church email. I will be standing outside of your house wearing mask, and you can stay in your house.
If you are new to worshiping with our community, we would love to hear from you. If you have any prayer concerns that you want to share with us, please contact us by using this email address. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s scripture comes from the book of Genesis 33:1-10. Since Jacob left his father’s house, he must always be afraid if he would meet his brother Esau again. When he was in the middle of the journey in search of new land, so when all of his family members were so much tired on the road, he heard that his brother Esau is approaching him. He felt he was up against a problem that he cannot possibly deal with by himself. Have you ever felt that your future is out of your control? Jesus was born in Galilee, and in biblical time, Galileans barely had such power to decide their own future. They were always at the mercy of other strong nations. Then what did Jesus do in this historical situation? What does the Lord require of us when we are helpless?
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
– Reinhold Niebuhr –
JOYS AND PRAYERS
Many of our church members shared a joy about new pastor Sunjae. Please pray for this time of transition, that we may continue to be built into one community in grace!
Betsy Brown shares a joy with us. Her cousin has been fighting with cancer, and she got good news this week. The result of the scans shows that there is no evidence of cancer now. Thank you for your prayers for Betsy’s family.
Please pray for UMARMY (July 28 – July 31). 5 teachers and 8 teens are participating this year. This year’s UMARMY will be a lot different, but pray for us that we may be able to have a new experience in God’s grace.
I am so excited to have the first worship service with you, and I pray that no matter where you are, you may be able to feel the presence of God. If you have any joys and prayers to share, please email to email@example.com. If it is the first time for you to be in worship with us, we would love to hear from you. Please share with us your question about us and your worship experience using the same email address.
This week’s sermon is based on John 3:1-16. This scripture includes one of the most famous passages in the New Testament. The passage says how Jesus introduced himself, and it shows how clearly Jesus knew what he was supposed to do in his life. I hope that today’s message may give us a question that needs to be answered in our faith journey. The script for the sermon is attached below.
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.
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.