8.19.2010

Luke 12:13-21 (2)

How may I serve? (Luke 12:13-21)

Once, Jesus told this story:
There was a rich man.
Then he got really wealthy because his land just produced a lot of good crops.
Now the question was: what was he going to do?

He thought to himself:
“Hey, my barn is not big enough.
Alright then, I have to tear down my old barn and build bigger ones!
Then I will store all my grains and all my stuff.
Then I'll have plenty for my retirement.
And I am just going to eat, drink and be happy."

But in order to be truly happy, everyone must have a purpose.
There is more to life than just living.
We can always grow and improve ourselves.

But he is not going to be opened to all that.
Instead, he attached himself to his sudden wealth, he was about to stop thinking about what he wants to do with his life.
What about his dream and his passion that is still within him?
He was about to live a life without any decent enthusiasm.

So, while he was just thinking about all this money, he felt God speaking to him, saying:
“You fool. You are about to die.
And someone who knows how to handle this wealth will get what you have prepared for yourself.”

And, Jesus says:
“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself or herself but does not store up things for God."

What can we learn from this story?
We may learn two things.

1) First, if we want to eat, drink and be happy, like this man in the story, we must give something back. To be happy, you have to give something back.
To move forward, you have to give something back.
Then, we become truly happy and fully alive.
Our happiness and greatness is determined by what we give to this world.

2) The second lesson is this.
Our thoughts are powerful thing.
Our thoughts create reality.
So, when you shift your thought, you shift your world.
We need to use our mind nicely.
Remember the man in the story.
He was just thinking about having all for himself.
But God was offended by his thought, because his thought is going to be a reality.
It turns out his thought was a prayer.

So, the Bible encourages us to think some good thoughts.
It says, “Think about what is true, what is honorable, what is right, what is pure, what is lovely, what is wonderful. Think about what is excellent or praiseworthy. Think about these things. (Phil. 4:8)”

Your thought creates your life. Your life is a result of your thought.
You become what you think about all the time.

Our thought even influences other people.
Does it ever happen to you?
You think about calling someone.
Then you receive a phone call from him or her.
Or you feel someone is looking at you.
You turn around. Someone is indeed looking at you.
Or, suddenly you feel it is going to be a wonderful day.
Then you have a great day. Our thoughts and feelings create everything.

So, think about something nice, something beautiful.
And send some good thoughts, wishes and prayers to your neighbors.
Think about what you truly want.
Think about your purpose in life.
Think about your dream. Think about your personal calling.

Luke 13:10-17 (1)

A Children sermon: "x that"

Props: Signs (No Jews. White Only. Men Only. No Healing on Sunday.)

Do you know what this is? (Show a church’s sign, if you have)
This is a sign that we put out when we want to let people know what is going on inside.

But today I brought some funny signs. We are not going to use these signs.
But just to make us laugh.

Here is the first one. It says “Men Only.” Do you think we can put this sign out. No. So, let’s x that.
Can we put out this sign “White Only.” No. You will be in a big trouble. We don’t need this sign. So, let’s x that.
What about this? “No Jews.” NO. We want to welcome everyone. We want to welcome our Jewish brothers and sisters. So, let’s x that.

During the time of Jesus, there was also a funny sign.
It said, "No Healing on Sunday."
This sign was out, because Jesus loved to heal people on Sunday.
Some people didn’t like him healing people on Sunday.

But one day Jesus was teaching at the church. Then he saw a lady coming into the church. She couldn't walk straight. She was bent over, like this. She was like this for eighteen years. When Jesus saw the woman, he felt compassion over her. So, he healed her. Now her back was straight. She stood right up!

But there were some people who got really mad. They brought this sign: “No Healing on Sunday.” “ Can't you read Jesus? This is Sunday. Don’t you know? Don’t heal people on Sunday. You are supposed to rest.”

Jesus says, “You need to x that. This is not right. God is healing people on Sunday. So, you need to allow healing on Sunday.”

In your life you would also see some signs that you need to x that.
Like Jesus, you need to choose to do what is right.
Well, that is our story.

Let's Pray: God, help us to put people first and not the rules. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

8.16.2010

Praise & Worship

Praise & Worship

Hymn SF #2203 "In Your time"

In Your time, in Your time, You make all things beautiful in Your time.
Lord, my life to You I bring, may each song I have to sing,
Be to You a lovely thing, in Your time.

Hymn SF #2013 "Bless the Lord, My Soul"

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God's holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.

Gospel reading: Luke 6:27-31
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Silent Prayer

Stay with me:

Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.

Wait for the Lord:

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.

Intercessory Prayer

Holy Spirit come to us: (Veni Sancete Spiritus): Sing once

"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Eternal God, you have freed us by giving us your only Son. You open for us the way of freedom.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“God, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. Keep us in the communion of your Son. Keep us alert as we wait for the day of his coming.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, your spirit of life dwells within every human being. May the Spirit enable us to tear down walls of mistrust and of fear, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Give us your peace, so that we can communicate it to one another in mutual love, and serve the human family.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Support those who are going through trials, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us, whom we name before you now, (please speak out the names at this time.)
Lord, we pray…”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

God is Forgiveness:

God is forgiveness. Dare to forgive and God will be with you.
God is forgiveness. Love and do not fear.

Closing Prayer:
Risen Christ, you take us with our hearts just as they are. Why do we think we must wait for our hearts to be changed before we go to you? You transfigure them. With our thorns, you light a fire. The open wound in us is the place through which your love comes streaming. And within the very hurts themselves, you bring to fruition a communion with you. Your voice comes to rend our night, and the gateways of praise open within us. (A prayer from Taizé)

Jesus, remember me:

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Taizé songs: © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (A&PT), Communauté de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. GIA is the exclusive North American Distributor for the Taizé Community.
“In Your time”: @1978 CCCM Music (admin. By Maranatha! Music c/o The Copyright Co., Nashville, TN)

8.15.2010

Praise & Worship

Praise & Worship

My Peace:

My Peace I give unto you.
It's a peace that the world cannot give.
It's a peace that the world cannot understand.
Peace to know, peace to live.
My peace I give unto you.

Bless the Lord, My Soul:

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God's holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.

Wait for the Lord:

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.

Gospel reading: Luke 6:37–38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Silent Prayer

Stay with me:

Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.

Intercessory Prayer

"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Eternal God, you have freed us by giving us your only Son. You open for us the way of freedom.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“God, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. Keep us in the communion of your Son. Keep us alert as we wait for the day of his coming.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, your spirit of life dwells within every human being. May the Spirit enable us to tear down walls of mistrust and of fear, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Give us your peace, so that we can communicate it to one another in mutual love, and serve the human family.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Support those who are going through trials, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us, whom we name before you now, (please speak out the names at this time.) Lord, we pray…”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

You are able more than able:

You are able more than able to accomplish what concerns me today.
You are able more than able to handle anything that comes my way.
You are able more than able to do much more than I could ever dream.
You are able more than able to make me what you want me to be.

Closing Prayer:

God of love, you welcome us just as we are. And we want to welcome in the same way those you place on our path. Enable us to understand that you are present in the very poor, and even in those who feel they are far from you. Your Gospel fills us with the hope that we shall all be gathered at the table of your Kingdom. (A prayer from Taizé)

Jesus, remember me:

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

You are invited to depart in silence or remain to pray.

Taizé songs: © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (A&PT), Communauté de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. GIA is the exclusive North American Distributor for the Taizé Community.
“My Peace”: @1963 Fred Bock Music Company (Admin. by Fred Bock Music Company, Inc.)

8.07.2010

Luke 12:32-40 (2)

Give me your mind and focus
Reading: Luke 12:32-40

Jesus believes that God loves to give you the kingdom of God.
God loves to give you everything.

So you can sell your possessions, and give to the poor.
As you give you are going to have heavenly purses that do not wear out.
You will have an unfailing treasure in heaven.
No thief comes near and no moth destroys things in heaven.

God’s purpose is not to have money in heaven.
God’s purpose is to have the minds of people in heaven.
So, Jesus says:
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

When their mind is free from their main concern, they may be interested in what Jesus has to say.
They may be ready to do what God is saying.
God is saying through Jesus: Give me your mind and focus.

Jesus says that we are blessed, when we give our attention to God.
We are blessed if God finds us doing just that.
Because then God will serve us.
God will have us sit down to eat.
Then God come and serve us.

Jesus asks us to ready with our own mind to welcome God.
Even in our dream, we can be ready.
Can our mind be ready to welcome God in the middle of the night, or near dawn?

Then Jesus says something like this.
“God comes like a thief.
God wants to come when no one expects.
Can you be ready?
I am also coming at an unexpected hour.”

Jesus hopes when he comes, he finds us doing what we are called to do.
We know what is our business and is doing it well.
This is how we can be ready.

The bible says that we are God’s servants.
We need to wait for our God.
We need to pay attention what God is doing.
Then we can respond right away according to God’s movement.

That is during Sabbath, we need to rest and think and give your attention to God.
That is why we need to simplify our life so that we can pay more attention to God.




8.03.2010

God is forgiveness (1)

ppt

God is forgiveness.
God takes the responsibilities of our sin.
Then God forgives.

This God asks us to forgive because then God will be with us.
God asks us to love and forgive.

God is forgiveness.
God forgives.

This table explains what God has done to give this forgiveness.
To offer forgiveness to all human kind, Jesus who is God gives his body and blood.
May we experience his love today.

Luke 12:32-40

Reading: Luke 12:32-40
Prop: purse

Jesus says:
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your God’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the poor.

“Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus suggests that there are purses that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven.
How can we have that purse?

If we want to help North Korean to accept the story of Jesus, we may need to spend our times praying.
If we want to support a ministry over there or near border, we may need to use our energy and money to serve them.
We serve God, with our times and money.

When we are willing to do this, God may move with us.
When we help the poor, we in fact help God searching to help others.
In this way we make purses in heaven for ourselves.

Jesus also says that we need to be ready for action and have our lamps burning.
We need to wait for Jesus to return from the wedding banquet, so that we may welcome him as soon as he comes and knocks.

Blessed are we if Jesus finds us alert when he comes.
Then Jesus will fasten his belt and have us sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.

He may come during the middle of the night, or near dawn.
If he finds us working for God, you are blessed.

But for some reason, God is going to send Jesus like a thief.
So, we need to be ready, for Jesus coming at an unexpected hour.

But as long as we are rich in God, we are fine.