Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
2014/11/23 Christ Church, Mountain Top, Christ the King
Prayer, Psalm 100
Children, Matthew 25.31-46
Message (additional reading), Ezekiel 34.11-24
Compare/contrast Matthew – Ezekiel
Familiar – unfamiliar
Future event (stylized telling, Bruner) – Parable
Sheep/shepherd – Sheep/shepherd
Judge – Judge … based on how we treat the poor
Apocalyptic – Apocalyptic
For Matthew, the climax of the “end of the world” sermon (5th of 5)
Advent – next week – always starts with apocalyptic discourse
Both conclude and begin the Christian year with “the End”
Ezekiel – apocalyptic language throughout
Perfectly placed prior to our weekend of consumption
Focus today on Matthew, but before that … on Ezekiel:
Judgment (earlier in chapter) on shepherds who “pasture themselves on the sheep” – leadership that is self-centered
Judgment on sheep that take advantage of other sheep – will destroy the fat and strong because they have gained their strength by dominating the “runts”
Christmas couple with child
If you close your ear to the cry of the poor, you will cry out and not be heard (Prov 21.13)
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Our Consecration Sunday speaker, Rev. Dr. Dennis Otto, shares the message on 16 Nov. Please note: We had some technical difficulties in recording this message. The opening is missing, and the rest of it is presented in 5 minute segments. Use this playlist to see the whole thing.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
From our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver:
One of the similarities of the South Korean culture and the American culture is how busy people are. Talking with pastors we heard similar stories like we here in the US about how over-extended people are. Education is so highly valued in South Korea that there is great competition for tutors for the best classes. The graduation rate for High School in South Korea is about 90%.
In addition to the demand for study, most children and youth take music lessons of some kind, sports, physical fitness, martial arts. Over and over we heard and saw examples of how busy people are. We were told that often students with the amount of time they put into studying, extra-curricular activities, and church they often get only 6 hours sleep.
I am not lifting this up as healthy—but setting the stage for what we in the US churches hear all the time—“my kids and I are so busy we don’t have time to do anything at church.”
Not so in the churches we visited. Bupyeong Church where we stayed told us about how they train lay people as small group leaders and volunteers. The church does most of its ministry with volunteers.
In our culture where it becomes very difficult to find a volunteer to sit in the nursery, or serve on a committee, or spend 3 hours a week caring for the outside of the church, we saw a completely different understanding of church involvement.
In Bupyeong Church EVERY Saturday 40-50 come to clean the church. All during the week we marveled at how clean this large building was. It is these 50 people’s commitment to clean so that church money can go for mission and ministry.
Every week 8 people buy the flowers and come together to arrange them and put them throughout the church. The arrangements while we were there were unique and lovingly done not by a florist someone paid—but by church members.