Sermon: Leaving a Legacy in Our Lives

April 24, 2008

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Rev. Hyung Jin Nim’s Sermon, HQ Church, Cheongpadong, Seoul, March 29, 2008

In our lives, it is so key (so important) that we’re able to focus on purpose, and, on joy, and, on our strengths. These three things in combination are so essential to do.

Hyung Jin Nim’s Welcome Message:

Brothers and sisters, I would like to share with you from the Cheon Seong Gyeong?page 1294. Father says here, “The family is the point where God’s ideal can be manifested on earth, and where the happiness of humanity can be manifested on earth. It is the place where the work of humankind is finished and God’s work is completed.”

In our family we just experienced the ascension of our eldest brother Hyo Jin Hyung just a couple of days ago, as you all know. Really, we are so thankful for all the brothers and sisters around the world who are sending in their condolences and their support. We’re really so appreciative. We’re really getting so much strength from all our brothers and sisters out there, and I really feel that this was the case when he passed, and really, it’s part of his legacy that, I believe, he wants to leave with us on this earth.

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

April 19, 2008

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;

Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord, unto me.


working with Japanese Won Jeon, hardship waiting ahead to overcome

April 18, 2008

Can an outside task match to our ritual work?

I assumed the role of a local assemblyman just one year ago while retaining my duty as a man in charge of the Japanese Won Jeon (Ozereien) and Seung Hwa-related series of ritual.

It works.

But as a politician, I cannot escape from being criticized if any more than ever before as a guardian of the UC properties such as Oze Memorial Park and (its affiliated) Oze Training Centre in the village of Katashina (pop. about 5,500) 180 km north of Tokyo.

Born in this village 56 years ago and grown up before I moved from here to Tokyo to enter a university in 1970, this village is thus familiar to me though I was long absent due to my overseas and outside missions in between.

The reason I made a determined homecoming (環故郷) 11 years ago was because of my father's discovery of a lung cancer harming his body and thus life seriously. My father is my spiritual father, who joined the church when I was 9 years old with Dr. Osami Kuboki. (1st and longtime head of UC-Japan), as his spiritual father.

Upon the UC decision, I took over the role of a department head in the HQ's General Affairs Bureau left behind by my father, a former head of general affairs dept. around the year 1970.

Located in the best farming area and thus uncomfortable of seeing it grow by some nearby farmers, the Japanese Won Jeon's expansion is uneasy.

Now as an administrator of the leading Japanese Won Jeon, I am a sort of man at a front-line of criticism against and sympathy toward the cemetery from outsiders and insiders in the movement. Entering the political life though it is a part-time job made me no place to hide but forced to stand tall.

How to make the locality happier by accepting Wong Jeon in the midst of their best lands is my (our) immediate concern now. Effective PR activities are needed. Rev. Katsumi Otsuka, our national pastor, gives best of his advise for me and those who are related to the cemetery doth directly or indirectly.

Hope True Family members would come see the 27-year-old Oze Memorial Park and bless it for further expansion toward the ever-growing heavenly cause.

Thank you very much.

hiro tomaru


Personal Testimony

April 18, 2008

I was very young when I met the Unification Movement. I was by the time starting my studies at the University. I was taught the Divine Principle, which was introduced by a cousin of mine, and, no doubts at all, I accepted Our Father as the Messiah. I became then a true member and a very dedicated one. I have always been anxious for true love in my live, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I was finally happy for having discovered a new style life, being able to give myself to other people, where I could truely find a reason for my existence. While I was an adolescent I used to inquire myself about the meaning of life and the answer I gave to mysel was that life gained a different meaning if we were able to love our next.

Unfortunately, I couldn't stay more than two years as an activ member in the Unification Church. Very sick in my second year and enduring a tremendous suffering between life and death I was abandoned by the leader of the Unification Church, who went to the spiritual world some years after. Only my physical parents came to help me and took me to a private clinic where I stayed for two months.

Many years past through, but I never lost my faith and never was angry at my situation. I received many blessings from God and could experience Him. It's been wonderful. Of course, I forgave the person who put me to death and even denied me food. What matters is God never adandoned me as I never abandoned Him. Thanks Heavenly Fafher and True Parents. Francisco


We have overcome

April 18, 2008

Thanks be to God who always causes
us to triumph in His name
Thanks be to God who
always causes us to Win (yeah)

Thanks be to God who
always causes us
to triumph in His name

Thanks be to God
Thanks be to God

We have Overcome
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
We have Overcome
By the power of Your Name

Parents You’re the One
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
The one who made the way for us
To triumph in Your Name
Whoa – oh Whoa – oh

We got the victory
Everything will be
Alright, Alright
We got the victory
Everything will be
Alright
We’re on the winning side


Sweeter

April 18, 2008

(Chorus)
Every day with You Lord
Sweeter than the day before
Every day with You Lord
Sweeter than the day before
Every morning I will worship
Every evening I’ll adore
‘Cause every day with You is sweeter
Sweeter than the day before
(Repeat 2x)

What a privilege to know You
Like I know You
To be loved like You love me

What an honor to worship truly worship
From this heart that You have freed
From the rising of the sun
To the setting of the same

(Repeat Chorus)

What a wonder to live life
Really live life
Overcoming anything
What a reason to lift up

Freely lift up
Every day my everything
From the rising of the sun
To the setting of the same
(Repeat Chorus)

Every day every day with You Lord
Every day sweeter than the day before
(Repeat 2x)

(Repeat Chorus)


Sing

April 18, 2008

(Verse)
Now is the time for all people
from every land to come together.
Now is the moment for worship,
we enter in withholding nothing.

He’s worthy, exalted,
He’s high and lifted up.

(Chorus 1)
Sing, sing unto the Lord,
open up your heart,
make a joyful noise in the sanctuary.

Sing, sing unto the Lord,
lavish Him with love,
let the praises ring in the sanctuary,
sing.

(Vamp 1)
Gotta open up your mouth and give Him praise,
open up your heart and give Him praise.
Lift up holy hands unashamed in the sanctuary.

Gotta open up your mouth and give Him praise,
open up your heart and give Him praise.
Lift up holy hands unashamed, sing, sing, sing.


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