Pentecost: Transformation and New Beginnings - Today we commemorate Pentecost, a pivotal moment in the story of our Christian faith. However, Pentecost was originally a Jewish holiday known as the Feast of Weeks, celebrating the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. As such, it is observed 50 days (seven weeks) after Passover. But as Christians, we celebrate Pentecost 50 days after Easter, marking the… Read More
Confirmation: Embracing the Call to Live Like Christ - Today is a very special day in the life of our church. It is Confirmation Sunday! But what is that and why do we do it? Great questions. In our United Methodist tradition, a child is typically baptized when they are very young, often as babies, because we believe God’s grace is already at work in them. If Jesus said… Read More
The Gift of Womanhood and Motherhood - Today is a special Sunday as we celebrate Mother’s Day. We are here not only to honor those who have given birth, became a stepmother, or adopted a child, but also to acknowledge all women who have loved, nurtured, guided, and sacrificed for others. As we celebrate this day, we do so with a deep sense of understanding and sensitivity.… Read More
Healing a Broken Heart - How can you mend a broken heart? We know many people have broken hearts because of all sorts of reasons: the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, health, or betrayal by a friend. Often our wounded heart is the result of someone else’s actions toward us, but sometimes it is because of actions we took. Today,… Read More
In- Between Times - This is the third Sunday after Easter, and a lot has been happening since the resurrection of Jesus. Two weeks ago, the Reverend Danielle Kim shared with us about the people walking alongside Jesus to Emmaus without recognizing him. Last week, I shared the story of how Thomas asked for evidence about the resurrection of Jesus, and when Jesus showed… Read More
Doubt vs Unbelief - I have doubts. Not about everything and not all of the time, but I have some sometimes. For example, I doubt if I am doing everything necessary to be a good husband and father. Other times I doubt if I am doing everything I am supposed to do as a pastor. And now and then, I also doubt my capacity… Read More
Easter Worship: Life Unbound - Today’s message takes a unique approach to the typical Easter Sunday sermon. Instead of focusing on the events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection, we will explore its impact on our lives. The story of Easter and Jesus Christ’s resurrection offers hope, freedom, transformation, and a life unbound through faith. As Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free… Read More
Easter Sunrise: People of the Resurrection - Today is Easter Sunday, the time when we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection. As Christians, we believe Jesus conquered death, offering eternal life to those who believe in him. His resurrection changed our perspective on life and death. Death is no longer a final destination but a passage to everlasting life. We believe that through Jesus’ resurrection, we experience a revival… Read More
Palm Sunday: Trusting God In Times of Triumph and Sorrow - Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem for the last week of his life, a week before his resurrection. It is known as “Passion Week” and symbolizes the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. This event fulfilled prophecies from the Old Testament, such as Zechariah 9:9, which speaks of a humble king bringing salvation and peace to Jerusalem, “Rejoice… Read More
Called: Aquila and Priscilla’s Story - We are well over halfway in our Lenten journey towards Easter. In fact, we are nearing the end. Next Sunday, we start Holy Week celebrating Palm Sunday. This means that today is the last message of the series “Called,” where we have been learning how and why God gives us a calling. We have been studying the calling stories of… Read More