Belfast United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 16, 2017
The mission of the Belfast United Methodist Church is to be a community of Disciples in service for Jesus Christ, sharing God's love with all.
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01 from our pastor


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Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

I always appreciate your support and love for me and my family. Especially I cannot thank you enough for your wholehearted prayers for me and my ministry. Last Sunday I asked you to hold me up with your prayers as I was going to preach at a church in MA. Yes, while preaching, I felt your hearts and experienced that the Holy Spirit touched the people there through God’s Word.

On my way back to Belfast, the moon was shining from behind the sheer curtains of clouds and the pine trees along Rt. 3 were tall and the layers of snow on them were beautifully reflecting the moon light. I felt as if I were a messenger proudly coming back to the majestic fort, after completing a mission, where his people were waiting for him. My people… my family in Christ… with and through whom I find most and best comfort and love… I believe it is one of the wonderful meanings of Christmas to appreciate the good news that God made us one family in Christ so that I cannot be alone. Jesus Christ, Emmanuel – God with us, broke into our lives and let us call His Mom/Dad our Mom/Dad as the children of one God so that we can never be alone. What powerful and good news!

As we fully enjoy this beautiful companionship with God and with one another which God gifted us through Jesus Christ during this Christmas season, I would like to invite you to look around and check if there is anyone who needs to hear and to get reminded of the good news that God loves them no matter what and never leaves them alone and they are our family. Would you let them feel God’s greatest compassion for them through your words and your actions? One of the things you can do is to invite them to our inspiring Christmas Eve services and warm-hearts-filled Christmas dinner.

We will have a Songs and Stories service with the Sanctuary Choir at 10:30 am and a candle light service at 6:00 pm on the 24th. We will also have a free Christmas community dinner at 12:00 pm on the 25th. I strongly believe the Holy Spirit will enable every single one of us to appreciate and enjoy the meanings of Christmas through these ministries.

Praise God who has made us one family in Jesus Christ in and through whom everyone may find most and best comfort and love! May God continue to use us to proclaim God’s good news for everyone! “God so loved everyone [the world] that God gave God’s only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him won’t perish but will have eternal life” (John 3:16). Amen.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

With love in Christ,

Your Pastor Jinwoo
 
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Dear my sisters and brothers in Christ,

You may have heard the famous quote, “Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would continue to plant my apple trees.” What would you do today if you knew the world would end tomorrow? What would you do if today is your last day on the earth?
 

To me, this question is about the purpose for my life. For what do I live? What is the ultimate purpose for my life? What is most important to me? What does God wants me to do and to be today? (I would like to invite you to pause here and think about these questions before proceeding to read the next paragraph of this letter.)

In Ephesians 1:11-12, the Bible says, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone” (The Message).

Does it make any differences in your life that you believe in Jesus Christ? If it does, what differences does it make? If not, why not?

Does it make any differences in others’ lives that you believe in Jesus Christ? If it does, what difference does it make? If not, why not? (I would like to encourage you to take another pause here and reflect on these questions.)

If today is the last day of my life on this earth, I would do something to express my grateful heart for Jesus Christ’s love for me and my love for Him. I would give good morning kisses to my family as they leave for their schools. I would go to the sanctuary in the church and enjoy solitude with God. I would visit people and remind them how much God loves them. I would go the Moose Point Park and enjoy talking with God while walking with our loving Rocky (our family dog). I would praise God with my guitar. I would go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and celebrate the beauty of being together with God and one another. I would talk with my parents on Skype and tell them how much I appreciate and love them. I would give “See you later” kisses to my wife, son, and Rocky and tell them, “God loves you. So do I. And there is nothing you can do about it.” And then, I will play the song “I Bid You Goodnight” sung by Soweto Gospel Choir as I go to bed.

Lay down my dear sisters and brothers. Lay down and take your rest. I want to lay your head upon your Savior’s breast. I love you all but Jesus loves you the best. And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight (I Bid You Goodnight).

After all, I would do my daily routine with a grateful heart because I do know this is the life God calls me to live each and every day until I take the last breath on earth. Amen!
 

What would you do if today is your last day on this earth?

God bless you all. I love you all. May God’s steadfast love continue to be with you all!
 

In Christ,

Your Pastor Jinwoo


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