Being Spiritually and Physically Blessed

August 27, 2008

August 16 2008, Chungpadong, Seoul, Korea

And I said it from the very beginning that whenever we do education for the ministers, whenever we do anything, I am always telling them we have to focus as leaders on helping the membership shine. That has to be our focus. It’s not about leaders shining. It’s about creating organizations that help the membership grow and shine. Why? Because the membership as blessed central families are the representatives of True Parents in society, in the neighborhoods, in their families. And as the people of the chosen nation it is our responsibility, no matter how we think about it.

Welcoming Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters! (“Good afternoon!”)

The hot weather is settling down a little and we feel refreshed by the cold rain. We know that God is always with us and within us and He is always our loving God. We are always welcoming you in this sanctuary and for those who are joining with us via internet; we are welcoming you as well. Welcome brothers and welcome sisters!

Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and sisters, I’d like to share with you from Cheon Seong Gyeong, page 659. Father says here,” The closer we are to the truth and the more we come under its spell the more it will become our center, which nobody can snatch from us. Even when the earth was to fall into chaos millions of times and the universe was suddenly destroyed, people whose minds are securely centered on truth will never be changed or shaken.”

Brothers and sisters, it’s so important in our lives to be true, to be all that God has created us to be, to really live lives of excellence, integrity, honesty, sincerity. And really, Father is telling us that if we keep that at the center of our lives, then no matter the turbulence that may happen in our lives, the ups and downs, we will be on the right track, (on) the trajectory towards fulfilling our destinies

Brothers and sisters, I want to welcome you all to service. And remember, we are not only here to attend or just observe service, let’s be here and participate. You know, today a lot of our brothers and sisters who are usually here, I am sure they are in Cheong Pyeong. They had a music festival yesterday. But we have a nice family gathering today. It’s wonderful! You know, we always know that even if it’s just one person that comes, if we offer (service) with the right sincere heart, then God will listen to the things that are in our hearts and desires.

Brothers and sisters, once again, I’d like to welcome you all, and let’s remember in our service, before service, it’s always important to remember who we are. To remember that we have value as God’s children, to remember that we have identity as the children that God has been waiting for 6,000 years of biblical history, really the fruition of God’s providence. Let’s remember that we have a purpose to really live the blessed life and to extend that to become blessings to others in this world.

Brothers and sisters, once again, welcome, and let’s really not only observe service today. Let’s be really together in our hearts; we’ll meditate together, practice together, sing together, worship together, and pray together. Really let’s participate together. Once again, welcome everybody!

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Living the dream

August 17, 2008

August 9th, 2008, Chungpadong, Seoul, Korea

Father has announced the change from the indemnity age to the liberation age. You see, in the indemnity period we were like military. My brother usually puts (expresses) it like that. We were in tents like soldiers. Those who couldn’t follow were judged as unfaithful and pushed out. But in the age of liberation, we must move from judging others to forgiving others and ourselves. We must move from judgementalism to improving and empowering other people, in their lives, in our communities. We must move from simply maintaining our righteousness to helping others become great, to be their best, and to fulfill their God given dreams and potential.

Welcome Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters!

It’s so hot outside, right? But even in this hot weather we know that we all need to receive God’s everlasting water of life, right? Aju!

We’re always honored to have you here in the sanctuary, and for those who are joining us via internet we’re also welcoming you as well.

Welcome brothers and welcome sisters!

Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and sisters, we had a tremendous Chil Pal Jeol celebration on August 7th, just amazing. True Parents first time spoke publicly after the helicopter accident; I’m sure all of you saw that. They were able to come to the podium and read a speech. That was just such a really courageous display. We’re so proud of True Parents. Also at the same time all the True Family came to support True Father, to give love, and we had a wonderful time with True Parents after the ceremonies. When we went up to the room True Mother was there, and she was resting because she has still a brace on. When In Jin Nunna (Nunna=elder sister) and Kwon Jin Hyung were massaging her feet and Sun Jin Ah was massaging her hands, Mother looked like she was in heaven, “All the kids are massaging me. It’s just so wonderful!”

And a tremendous thing: Just a couple weeks ago True Father announced – he gave us the direction – that In Jin Nim, who is our 2nd oldest sister, will be the American head Continental Director. She is right here! Give it up for In Jin nim, everybody! Give it up! (Applaus). We are so confident in our Family. She’ll gonna do an amazing work in the States. She really raised us all, a lot of us, the younger group. We grew up with In Jin Nunna, with her leadership, her compassion, her concern for us, her understanding, opening always our heart, pushing us to higher limits of enlightenment, of realization.

We’re so confident that also in the States she’ll be able to evoke that same experience for so many of our wonderful brothers and sisters, so many of our wonderful blessed families who are now really excited for this amazing new era in America. Let’s give it up once again for our sister! Give it up!(Applaus). Can we do a big Saranghaeyo (We love you)? Can we do it? One, two, three….Saranghaeyo! You got it, In jin Nunna. Thank you so much, guys!

Every time we come up to service let’s remember, we are not only observing service. Let’s participate! Really, let God hear us today! When we sing our worship songs, let’s sing out (loud). Let’s express ourselves. Let’s pray together. We want to meditate together, really give service together, with all our heart, really praise and give worship together. We wanna welcome you again. Let’s remember, we’re not observers today, we are participators, and we’ll do a fantastic, glorious service for God and True Parents. AJU!? Yes, brothers and sisters. God Bless!

Yeon Ah Nim Message:

As my husband said, last Thursday, August 7, there was Chil Pal Jeol ceremony at Cheon Jeong Goong. True Father and True Mother came and they gave a message based on Peace Message 13. As you all know, True Parents are still on recovery, so they have to wear this plastic body brace to support their spinal cord until they heal. And the doctors prescribed them to wear these until 30th of August. So they’re planning to have a little party to celebrate that little small victory.

We also on this day, let us also celebrate small victories in our life in the midst of challenge. Let us also celebrate True Parents’ victory today as well.

Brothers and sisters, we love you so much and we believe in you.

AJU!


Interesting story:

Before we start, we like to start with something a little bit interesting. I heard a very interesting story. There was a whole crew on a ship; and they were out on a stormy sea; and all of a sudden, lightning came crashing into the boat. The boat was split in half, and it started sinking. Then the captain yelled out at the top of his lungs, “Is there anyone here that knows how to pray?” And one of the seamen raises his hand, and says “I do Captain; I know how to pray.” And the Captain said, “Start praying, we’re going to put on our life jackets, we are one life jacket short.”
Alright, you got it, you got it. (Laughter). A little late, a little late (more laughter). A little late, but you got it guys.
Alright, come on, let’s stand up. You guys got it today, I think. Right?

True Parents Declaration:
Right hand up; left hand on our heart. Let’s do it.

These are my True Parents, the Eternal King and Queen of Peace, and Liberator of God’s heart. They have saved me from my past, they have blessed my future, and they give me True Love, Forgiveness, and Happiness today; and I choose to receive it. My mind is awake; my heart is opened wide, and from this moment, I change forever. In my name, Aju. Read the rest of this entry »


Miracle Helicopter Accident

August 14, 2008

August 2nd 2008, Chungpadong HQ, Seoul, Korea

See, I really realize, when I attend True Parents and when I see how hard they work and when I see Father’s unending, unchanging spirit for God, then I really realize that every day Father is battling life and death. He is 89 years old, 90 years old now, and always thinking about God’s work, always thinking about the world, such a big heart!! Every day he choses to fight for God. He fights with true love, endurance, perseverance, sincerity, honor. He pushes himself, at even 89 years old, to keep himself disciplined, to keep himself spiritually humble. He keeps his determination alive and fresh every single day, and choosing every day to devote himself back to God. And we can say, “Hey! Father has given his whole life to God, he can take a rest now! He can take a break!” (But) that is the last thing on Father’s list! He is not taking a break any time soon, and this event surely, surely showed this reality.

Welcome Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters. Nowadays the weather has been very unpredictable, but we know that God’s and True Parents’ love for us is always solid and unchanging. We’re always grateful to have you here in the sanctuary, and for those who are joining with us via internet, we’re also welcoming you as well.

Welcome brothers and welcome sisters!

Hyung Jin Nim:

It is now time for our church to not only focus on outreaching events, etc. We feel it’s very important for us to start building a community once again. We really applaud to the American church. We know that for two and half years they’re working very hard to start building communities in the Unification Church. It’s the same with the Korean Church, we are moving very diligently and really putting in all our effort to truly improve the quality, the level and also all the facilities and education that will contribute to allowing families to succeed, to shine brightly and to really glorify our True Parents.

We really believe that if our blessed families can shine then True Parents’ legacy, our community, all the blood and sweat and tears of our first generation, are not in vain.

Truly the time is now. We’re working very hard to substantiate that. I do want to recommend for those who have not been downstairs yet: Take a look downstairs. There are much renovation down there. You will see a new playground facility for your children. You will see a whole new library, all the best kids books. These gifts have been given to us by people in the congregation. So these are your brothers and sisters. We have to thank them. They are truly investing to provide much better quality places for children to be nurtured, for our families to grow, for ourselves spiritually to be enlightened, uplifted.

And so we’re very much working hard to try to do so. You will see also much artistic renovation that surrounds our church. If you take a look downstairs you will see Father’s life course that is painted now in a very beautiful picture style. We have a wonderful artist, a sister who is a professional and who is a publishing artist here in Korea. She did that. We also have our Pastor’s wife, Genn, who is also a professional artist and she’s working outside on the wall that you’ve seen, doing the mountains, the blue sky. So we’re starting. We really see all the brothers and sisters coming together, showing their talents, that tremendous potential, and really starting to make this place shine.

We were downstairs yesterday, and there were mothers downstairs playing with their kids in the playground and we said “Hey, isn’t this a fantastic facility? There’s no church like this in our movement.” And they were really so delighted. So delighted. But that really comes from all the investment, from all the support of your own brothers and sisters that are right next to you. And also much comes from the Korean congregation who comes together primarily on Sunday here at the HQ Church.

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Seasons of Love

August 5, 2008

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred moments, so dear

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

How do you measure – measure a year?

In daylights – In sunsets

In midnights – In cups of coffee

In inches – In miles

In laughter – In strife

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

How do you measure a year in the life

How about love?

How about love?

How about love?

Measure in love

Seasons of love

Seasons of love

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand Journeys to plan

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

How do you measure the life

Of a woman or a man?

In truths that she learned

Or in times that he cried

In bridges he burned

Or the way that she died

All It’s time now – to sing out

Tho’ the story never ends

Let’s celebrate

Remember a year in the life of friends

Remember the love

Remember the love

Remember the love

Measure in love

Measure, measure your life in love

Seasons of love

Seasons of love


Sermon: Unbeatable Natural Subjugation

August 1, 2008

July 12, 2008, HQ Chungpadong Seoul

And I do still see myself as a warrior, that’s the interesting thing. I still do see myself as a warrior in my own mind, in my own image, when I meditate on myself. I do still see myself as warrior. But I don’t see myself anymore as a samurai, wielding a sword – that was when I was really young. But now I see myself more trying to be like a spiritual warrior, more somebody like True Father, naturally subjugating communism. I see myself more like somebody that’s trying to follow in the footsteps of that kind of leadership, a leadership like that of Gandhi, with nonviolent opposition, nonviolent protest, a leadership like the Dalai Lama, standing up with nonviolent compassion, a leadership like Martin Luther King, stepping up for civil rights, speaking out against society, fighting for the respect of their communities — but not by force, not by might, not by power, but by the spirit of God, by the spirit of love, by the spirit of goodness and peace.

Welcome Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters. I’m sure God and True Parents are really happy to see you guys in this sanctuary. We’re always honored to have you in this sanctuary. And for those who are joining us via internet, we’re welcoming you as well. Welcome brothers and welcome sisters.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Welcome brothers and sisters. I want to share with you today from Cheon Seong Gyeong, page 328, and Father says here, “The love of God is love for the sake of others. Love that seeks to live for others. How did the universe begin? It began from the point of rotation. All existing things by their intrinsic (inner) nature have to rotate. And what can keep on rotating forever? The love that is willing to give eternally, that is eternal love, will keep rotating forever.” I want to draw your attention to this one statement, “The love that is willing to give eternally.”

You see, what Father is telling us is that love is not something that we may feel or something that we may necessarily receive from another, it is something that we must be willing to give. It is something that we must choose to share. It is something that we have to make a determination, a conscious decision, to hand away or hand to somebody. See, Father is saying to us that really we have to be proactive (outgiving) in our life. Related to true love he’s saying that in order for it to exist eternally, we have to continually choose to let it exist eternally.

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Sermon: Being a Hero every Day

August 1, 2008

July 19 2008, ChongPa Dong, Seoul, Korea

Brothers and sisters, today I’d like to talk to you about being a hero every day. If we are to live the blessed life, then we must be heroic in our day to day lives. See, God never created us to be ordinary people, just normal people, or people (just) living through this world. ( He created us to truly be extraordinary in our lives. And if we think that we’re worth nothing or that we have no special talent, then we are already taking our potential away, we’re already stealing that heroic destiny away.

Welcoming Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters! (Good afternoon!)

Outside it is raining today. The soothing sound of the rain really refreshes our hearts and our minds. We are always happy to welcome you in this sanctuary, and for those who are joining with us via internet we are welcoming you as well.

Welcome sisters and welcome brothers!

Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and sisters, welcome today!

I want to read from the Cheon Seong Gyeong, and I want to share with you from page 326. Father says here, “Since we are born of love, it follows that we must walk the path of love, and ultimately pass to the spiritual world for love.”

Brothers and sisters, True Father teaches us that when we look at our lives and we see how much preciousness we can bring to this world, it starts even before we are born. And so in our lives, in our actions, in our thoughts, in the words that we share with others, it is so important to exude (let shine) these qualities, the quality of love, caring, looking towards another, helping a friend in need. These many, many qualities that True Father teaches us really allow us to be able to share our hearts and uplift others who are around us.

Brothers and sisters whenever we come to service, I always want to remind you guys that we are not out here just to observe service. I really want to invite you to participate, to sing the songs of worship, to pray whenever we’re praying together, to join into the celebration of the worship service.

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