Matthew 26:52 (4)

Who can make…? You're The One
Reading: Matthew 26:52

I am going to ask a lot of questions.
The answer is Jesus.
I would like you to give me the answer, as I ask question.

Who is asking us to forgive?
Who can ask us to forgive?
Who can help us truly live?
Who can help people to believe in God?
Who gives us the Holy Spirit?

Who says “Those who use any form of violence will be destroyed by that form of violence”? (Matthew 26:52)
Who is the one who refuse to use violence against anyone?
Who can make a peaceful nation?
Who can encourage each nation to live in peace?
Who can unite South and North Korea in the peace of God?
Who can encourage each nation to be a holy nation?

Who encourages every church to be reconciled?
Who says using any form of violence is problematic? (Matthew 5: 21-22)

Who is the King of Kings?
Who is going to reign forever and ever?
Who loves us the most?
In whom are you safe?
Who is able more than able?

Who is encouraging us to live in peace?

Who is patient?
Who is kind?
Who does not envy?
Who is not selfish?
Who does not keep a record of wrongs?
Who rejoices in the truth?
Who bears all things?
Who hopes all things?
Who endures all things?
Who believes all things for us?

Who are you going to serve?
Who are you going to enjoy forever?

Who do you want to introduce to this world?
Who is your Messiah?
Who is your president?
For whom are you here?
For whom are you going to live?


Luke 18:27

Reading: Luke 18:27, Matthew 7:7

Martin Luther King says, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

Whether it is big or small, we need to take one more step closer to what God is showing to us.
We may need to take a step everyday.
We need to move.
We need to move on with hope and faith.
This is what is like to believe in God.

Jesus says, "What is impossible with human beings is possible with God." (Luke 18:27)
Being rejuvenated by these words, we need to do something.

Everyone has hope.
I hope to introduce the story of Jesus to the world.
“Go into all the nations and preach the story of Jesus to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

Jesus says, “Ask it will be given to you. Seek you will find. Knock, the door will open unto you”
So, have hope.
Those who hope in God, tend to be more generous and kind, as well.
Those who hope in God can wait and rest in Christ.


All for Love

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Opening Prayer

Leader: You are the God of every human being. At yet, you are too dazzling to be looked at. So, you let yourself be seen on the face of Christ.

All: We are eager to glimpse a reflection of your presence in the obscurity of persons and events. So, open in us the gates of transparency of heart.

Leader: In the portion of solitude, which is, the lot of every one, come and refresh the dry and thirsty ground of our body and our spirit.

All: Come and place a spring of living water in the lifeless regions of our being. Come and bathe us in your confidence to make even our inner deserts bursts into flower.

Note: See also Brother Roger of Taizé, Parable of Community: Basic Texts of Taizé (London: Mowbray, [1980], 1984), 60.


Offering prayer

Dear Jesus, we bring these gifts to you, remembering that you bring joy and happiness to our lives.
May we also share freely and joyfully, remembering that you share your power and wisdom freely and joyfully.
In your precious name, we pray. Amen.


Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.

Silent Prayers of Confession

Declaration of Pardon

Leader: Jesus Christ, you have given us your life.
All: Now we give you ours.
Leader: Forgive us for what we have been in the past.
All: Through you, what we shall be begins now.
Leader: Take us, renew and remake us.
All: May we be your living presence in this world.
Leader: Friends, let us believe the Good News of the Gospel.
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.


Luke 9:28-36


Props: GE Color-Changing LED Angel Night Light and/or A light bulb in a lamp can shine very bright.

Do you know what this is?
It looks like an angel, isn’t it?
This is a Night Light.
I am going to light this one.
Do you like this?

Today we heard from the reading that on a mountain, Jesus was visited by two people who died many, many years ago.
One was Elijah and the other was Moses.
Have you heard of them?

Anyway, three students of Jesus saw them.
They were amazed, right?
They were amazed, also because suddenly the clothing’s Jesus became dazzling white.

Do you know what dazzling white means?
Right. It means very, very, very bright.

(Look at Angel Night Light.)
So, Jesus was like this. (Turn off the night light.)
Then he became like this. (Turn on the night light.)

By the way, do you think this light is dazzling bright?
Jesus was way brighter than this.
Can you imagine Jesus becomes so dazzling bright?

In the mean while, there was a voice, from heaven saying, “This is my son, my beloved son! I am so pleased with him! Listen to him.”

Why do you think this happened?
Think about it.
I think there is various answers.

God is showing us about who Jesus is.
Jesus is the one who hears God and shares God's idea with us.
So, we want to listen to him.

Let’s pray:
God, thank you for giving your son, your beloved son to us.
We are so grateful for your son.
We love him.
We adore him.
May we continually love him. Amen.

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Giving and Receiving Consolation

Written By Henri Nouwen

Consolation is a beautiful word. It means "to be" (con-) "with the lonely one" (solus). To offer consolation is one of the most important ways to care. Life is so full of pain, sadness, and loneliness that we often wonder what we can do to alleviate the immense suffering we see. We can and must offer consolation. We can and must console the mother who lost her child, the young person with AIDS, the family whose house burned down, the soldier who was wounded, the teenager who contemplates suicide, the old man who wonders why he should stay alive.

To console does not mean to take away the pain but rather to be there and say, "You are not alone, I am with you. Together we can carry the burden. Don't be afraid. I am here." That is consolation. We all need to give it as well as to receive it.

"Your faithful love supports me, Lord. However great the anxiety of my heart, your consolation brings joy to the soul." Psalms 94: 19


Men's Brain and Women's Brain

Mark Gungor
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how woman and men might pray differently.

Note: In a family, one person needs to be a spiritual leadership.
God's covenant with us and marriage covenant
ministry together (not exactly one ministry but needs to serve God together)
strive to become God's believing family
be dedicated to one another at the same time, get distant from each other occasionally.

Luke 4 : 1-13 (2)

Reading: Luke 4:1-13

Jesus went to the Jordan.
There he was baptized.
Then he was full of the Holy Spirit.
Then he was led by the Spirit in the desert.
He was there for forty days without food.
It could have been really difficult, right?
He could have been really boring, right?

Jesus was tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing during those days.
He experienced hunger just like the rest of us.
Then at the end of them he was really hungry.
Jesus suffered as we might suffer.
There Jesus was tested to see whether he could really walk on the road of the cross.
Could he trust God and God’s words, when he experienced this kind of sufferings?
Jesus chose the way of suffering,
Then Jesus decided to suffer alone, with no particular glory.

Then the devil tempted him saying:
“If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Because Jesus was God, he could.
He could make bread out of nothing.
But Jesus answered:
“It is written: ‘Humans do not live on bread alone.’”
Jesus understood the philosophy of God over humans.
We need God’s word more than bread.

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
And he said to him:
“I will give you all their authority and splendor.
For it has been given to me.
I can give it to anyone I want to.
So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered:
“It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
Jesus chose to live like this when he was hungry.
His face was not shining, showing the glory of God.
Here Jesus suffered as a human.
Jesus suffered, because he chose to follow God’s word.
Jesus could have been acting like God here.
God is spirit.
God didn’t need to eat.
God is just there full of energy.
God is supporting everything that exists.

But here Jesus was hungry and tempted like any human would.
As a human, Jesus wanted to follow God.
Then he could become the Messiah, the Savior of humans.

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
He said:
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here.
For it is written:
‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully.
They will lift you up in their hands.
Then you will not even strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered:
“It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Then the devil had finished all this tempting.
Then the devil left him until an opportune time.

Here Jesus wanted to obey every word of God.
When he obeyed like this, Jesus could show people the mind of God.
Looking at his life, people will learn about the ways of God.
Then people will understand what God is thinking.

Also as he lived in God’s way, eventually God would honor him.

In this desert, Jesus was preparing to die on the cross.
Here Jesus was preparing to suffer, and die just like any human.
Jesus was in common with the rest of us.
But because of his faith, his life would work miracles.
Then he could become the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

When Jesus was on the cross, God would not create some miraculous events to come and spirit him away.
God would not come and save him from his suffering on the cross.
God would hide all the glory.
Jesus had to take it as a human.
Jesus had to show who he really was without the power of God.
Then his plan would work.
He could save all people.
He could forgive everyone.

Mark 1:38–40

Reading: Mark 1:38–40

Jesus said, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was willing and healed him.

Jesus was a different preacher.
He moved from one town after another.
He moved with a healing power.
He was like a free medical care person.

He preached without any note.
He always had parables to tell.
He shared his life with his students.
Jesus showed his lifestyle through which he communicated with his students.

Instead of giving systemic teachings, he was helping them to have a new heart.
In Matthew 5-7, we hear Jesus preaching his thoughts on various questions.

Jesus is interpreting things for us.
He interprets based on how God thinks and discerns.

How can we understand the Bible?
What are the attitudes we should have when we pray?
Jesus taught people how to live as a believer?

There were many ways.
Jesus was showing the way.


Invitation to the Table:

Brothers and sisters, Jesus offered his body and blood for his people.
Jesus invites people from east and west, from north and south, to taste and see that God is good!

Happy are those who find rest in God!
Happy are those who sit at the table in the kingdom of Christ.

We celebrate an open communion.
Everyone who desires to commune may do so.
It does not matter what your worldly condition or denominational tie is.
That is:
You do not have to be without sin.
Jesus forgives our sin.
We come here as forgiven sinners.

You do not have to be good.
No one is good but God alone.

Friends, if you truly turn your back on your sins; if you want to live in love and peace with everyone; if you desire to do the will of Christ; if you want to love Christ and serve with all your heart, then come and participate in this communion.
Come in faith.

The Gospel of John dramatized

I like to introduce thestoryofjesus.org.
It has a modernized retranslation of the Gospel of John.
The story of Jesus can be easily understood.
Here, John, a student of Jesus, is telling the story of Jesus, as the first person “I.”
It is a wonderful resource for a drama or a play.
If you are an actor or actress, you may act out this script.
It can be acted out by one person or many.

Brad Sherrill has done that with NIV.
Have a look at his website.
He memorized the whole Gospel of John.
And through his acting skill, he reintroduces the story of Jesus to many churches.

Many Christians try to blend and paraphrase of the 4 Gospels.
Here is another: Jesus - a Bible in Modern English: A blending and paraphrase of the 4 Gospels Everything Jesus said and did, by Charles Templeton.

I have been writing various versions myself.
You may view them here or here.

Or, you may use a book like this: The Easter Gift - Arch Books

Hope this helps you to introduce the story of Jesus in your location.


Youth group dinner

If you like to cook for youth group, here are some guidelines.

We expect to have about 25 people for dinner.
It would be nice to have a main dish, a salad, and a desert.
Main dishes have been things like a pasta dish, mac and cheese, tacos, hotdogs, chicken fingers, hamburger casserole, sloppy joes, meatball heros, etc.

A large salad is good.
If made from scratch from two heads of lettuce, it will be fully consumed.
Salad dressings are on-hand at the church.

Desert can be anything.
Simple is fine.
Easy, and always a big hit, is a box of ice cream sandwiches.

There is a small chance we will have one kid with a nut allergy, who will be concerned with the ingredients of what has been prepared.

There is a small chance we will have one vegetarian.
He is happy with salad and a little something along with the salad.
There is no need for the meal to be vegetarian, just a plan for how to meet the special need if it occurs.

Beverages are on hand at the church.

Call to Worship

My heart is steadfast.
O God, my heart is steadfast.
Because your steadfast love is higher than the heavens.
Because your faithfulness reaches to the sky.

Awake, my soul!
I will awake the dawn.
I will sing and make melody.
I will give thanks to you, O God, among the peoples.
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
Be exalted, O God.
Let Your glory reign.

Luke 5:1-11

Prop: Toy fish, toy ship, and toy net.
Reading: Luke 5: 1-11
(A children sermon)

Do you know how fishermen catch fish?

Right, they would go out in their boats to the sea and let down their net and catch fish.
And they bring them home to sell.

Some days they would catch a lot.
And some days they would catch very few.

Jesus chose four fishermen to be his students.
Did you know that?
Jesus said to them, “From now on you will be catching people.”

What does that means, “Catch people”?
Does it mean that they would go out and catch people in a net?
What do you think it means to "catch people"?

Right, Jesus doesn’t want them to catch people in a net.
Jesus wants them to catch people by the love of God.

So, Jesus teaches them about God's love.
Then they go out and teach other people about this love.
Then as these fishermen teach, they make people feel the love of God.

Do you think Jesus is also calling you to go out and catch people?
He wants you to go out and tell people about the wonderful things that God has done for you.
People need to know about how God loves you and how God cares for you.

There are other ways that we can show people about the love of God.
Just like there are many ways that you can help people.

You can pray for them to be healthy.
You can invite your friends to the church.
So, pray about and think about how you can help people to know the love of God.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for giving us wonderful opportunities to share what you have done for us. In your name, we pray. Amen.


Matthew 25:14-30

Talents and gifts are from God and are to be used in service to the church.
Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

Props: a guitar

How are you?
I have a question.
What if God gave me something and told me to use it but I took it and hid it, would I be in trouble?
God may be not so happy because I didn't do anything with what God gave me?
God has given me something.
You know what God gave me?
God gave me the ability to play the guitar and sing praise to God.
(Play a short praise song.)

What skills and talents do you think God gave to the choir members?
What would happen if the choir members took their singing ability and never used it again?
If they hid it and never sang again, how do you think God would feel about that?

Now I want to ask you.
What skill or talent has God given to you?
What are you good at?

Jesus told a story about three people who were given talents.
The first one was given a whole lot of talent and he used it.
God was very happy with him.

The next person was given some other talents and she used her talents.
God was very pleased with her.

But, the third guy took his talent and he buried it.
He never used it.
What did God say to him?
God said to take that talent from him and give it to someone who will use it for God.
God is very serious about the gifts God has given us.
God wants you to use them for the church and use them to help others.

So use your gift of singing.
Use your gift of drawing.
I will use my guitar talent to praise God.
The choir will use their singing talent.
We will all use our talents.
Then we will become the church that God planted.

Let's Pray:
Christ, we all want to use our gifts and talents to help each other and to make your church a wonderful place that you desire to be. Help us to discover our talents and use them. Amen.


Infant Baptism

Hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

John starts this baptism practice. (Luke 3:1-22)
Jesus in humble obedience was baptized by John.
When he shows his obedience like that, the Holy Spirit came down on him and God spoke: “This is my son, my beloved.”

Obeying Jesus’ invitation, and believing his promises, we baptize those whom God has called so that those who are called may die with Christ, and rise with Christ and so that they may be baptized into Christ and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit as well.

May through this baptism, God claims us, and seals us to show that we belong to God.
God may free us from sin and death, uniting us with Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection.

By water and the Holy Spirit, we are made members of the church, the body of Christ, and joined to Christ’s ministry of love, peace, and justice.

Let us remember with joy our own baptism, as we celebrate this sacrament.

(An elder present each candidate for baptism, using the appropriate forms)

On behalf of the session, I present N. and N. to receive the sacrament of Baptism.

On behalf of the session, I present N., (son, daughter) of N. and N. to receive the sacrament of Baptism.

(The minister addresses)

N. and N., do you desire to be baptized?
I do.

(The minister addresses parents presenting children for baptism.)

Do you desire that N. be baptized?
I do.

Relying on God’s grace, do you promise to live in the faith of Christ Jesus, and to teach that faith to your child?
I do.

(The minister addresses the congregation)

Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture N. and N. by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging them to know the follow Christ and to be faithful members of his church?

We do.

(The minister continues)

Through baptism we enter the promise Jesus has established.
In this promise, God gives us new life, guard us from evil, and nurtures us in love.

In embracing that promise, we choose whom we will serve, by turning from evil and turning to Jesus Christ.

As God embraces you within the promise, I ask you to hate sin, to profess your faith in Jesus Christ, the faith in which we baptize.

(The minister continues)

Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce (refuse to follow) evil and its power in the world?
I do.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love?
I do.

Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?
I will, with God’s help.

(The minister continues)
With the whole church, let us confess our faith.
(The Apostles’ Creed)

(The minister continues)
Will you be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers?
I will, with God’s help.

(Water is poured visibly and audibly into the font)
(Prayer over the water)
(Thankfully remembering Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan in obedience, invoking the Holy Spirit to come and equip the church for faithfulness.)

The Baptism:
N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
(나는 성부와 성자와 성령의 이름으로 세례를 주노라)

(The minister lays hands on the heard of each person baptized)

Jesus, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit.
Give him/her the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge, the spirit of joy in your presence.
Daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until he/she comes to your everlasting kingdom.

N., child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism, and marked as Christ’s own forever.

(The minister addresses the congregation)
N. and N. have been received into the one holy universal church through baptism.
God has made them members of the household of God, to share with us in the priesthood of Christ. Let us welcome the newly baptized.

Order of Baptism

Parent Question -- until confirmation
Prayer (Baptism of the Holy Spirit)

Baptismal education:
Jesus own baptism
Jesus' promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Writing their faith statement (faith story, or faith journal)
- How did you get to know Christ?
- What are the thought that you have not resolved yet in terms of getting baptized?
(You are not saved by baptism. You are saved by faith. This is a sign of your faith. This is an act of obedience.)

Acts 16:16-34: Paul and Silas in Prison