Reflection: Aug 13

August 13, 2017 Sermon

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28/ Matthew 14:22-33

 

If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Ride ‘em

There is a poem that has become a Christian cliché. I personally heard this poem many times, both in Korean and English. In case you are not familiar with it, this is how it goes;

“Last night I had a dream.  I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.  Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.  For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord. After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand.  I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints. This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.  “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way.  But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints.  I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.” The Lord replied, “My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”” more —>

Reflection: June 25

June 25, 2017 Sermon
Matthew 10:26-39

Disciple: Privilege and Responsibility

Last week, I had a frustrating experience trying to choose hymns for today. Since today’s gospel text starts with how God cares for us, I wanted to find a traditional comforting gospel hymn. Before I came to the United Church, I was used to hymn books that are full of these comforting hymns. In the process of choosing hymns for today, I realized that the more the United Church moved towards works of peace and justice, the less evangelical it became; and a lot of beautiful hymns about our personal relationship with God were eliminated from our hymn books. After an extensive search, the hymn I originally wanted, “God Will Take Care of You” was finally found in the Songs of the Gospel, a tiny blue United Church hymn book published in the 50’s. I chose “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” instead more —>

Greeters and Counters

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Reflection: Nov 6

November 6, 2016 Sermon

Luke 20:27-38

Seeing the Forest

I’m not sure if you know Tim Burton, but he’s one of my favorite movie directors. The opening scene of one of his earliest work Beetlejuice was very whimsical. With a falsely ominous music playing, the camera starts from a forest and taking us to the village, showing us the streets and buildings, until we get to the house at the top of the hill. Then suddenly we see a giant spider crawling at the back of the house and it startles us. Then giant hands appear and pick up the spider. When the camera backs away showing us the whole scene, it is revealed that the forest and the village were just a model and the spider and hands were regular sized ones. The camera work was designed to fool the audience and make us feel like idiots, like an April Fool’s Day joke. more —>

Reflection: Oct 30

Oct. 30, 2016 Sermon

Luke 6: 20-31

Connecting with the Ancestors

I don’t know about you, but I like watching documentaries. I especially enjoy historical documentaries. It stirs up my imaginations and I could get sucked into the historical scene I am watching. But visiting historical places and seeing historical artifacts fascinate me on a whole new level. For example, going to museums and looking at historical artifacts makes me wish I could visit and experience the old times. When I went to Versailles and stepped into Marie Antoinette’s bed chamber, or when I went to Auschwitz and stepped into an old gas chamber, the emotions I felt were pretty powerful. I could almost feel the presence of the people who used to occupy those spaces. This is why, as someone who wasn’t interested in history at school, now I find history fascinating. For me, history mirrors what we look like today. We are here with our world looking like it does because of what our ancestors did and how they lived. Recently I read that because our homo sapiens ancestors mated with Neanderthals, we developed certain diseases. In this case, we’re talking about something that happened really really long time ago; this is how much the past affects us. If you are looking for something scary and haunting for Halloween, here’s a headline for you; “Our Homo Sapiens Ancestors Mate with Neanderthals And We Are Stuck With diseases”. more —>