January 10th 2009 , HQ’s Church, Seoul, Korea
So we have to follow our dreams and our visions with all the passion and enthusiasm. You know what the word enthusiasm means, right? In God’s spirit! We do things with enthusiasm and excitement, because we feel God’s spirit with us. We have to do those things that have not been done before, and accomplish things that might be seemingly impossible. But together with God many things can happen.
Welcome Remarks by Rev. Michael Brazil:
Good Afternoon everyone!
I’d like to welcome you to our Saturday Service and I know you’re just disappointed because the young, handsome, vibrant and spiritual powerful man is not standing here. But the mind is a powerful thing, so I’m going to ask you to close your eyes (laughing). Come on! Close your eyes and I want you to just imagine that when you open your eyes you will see a young and handsome man by the name of Hyung Jin Nim standing here. Ok, now open your eyes. Did it work? (Laughing) Well, I’m sorry. But, fortunately I’m here, so please, stay with us.
I’d like to start by reading a passage from the Cheon Seong Gyeong. It comes from page 332 and Father has the following to say, “What kind of taste would God like most? If God has a sense of smell, what kind of smell would He like most? If He can hear, what would He like to hear, and if He can feel, what would He like to feel? There is only one thing God likes, and that is love. Nothing other than love can focus God’s five senses and fill Him with joy. If God is looking for an absolute partner of love, what would He choose? We can conclude that it will surely be a human being. This is why we say that among all things of the creation human beings have the highest value.”
And as Hyung Jin Nim’s always likes to remind us, when you come to service, come to give, don’t simply be a receiver but be a giver. Today we want to bring the highest joy to our Creator, God, our Heavenly Father our Heavenly Mother.
So today please sing with all your heart! Do you want to jump up and dance? Stamp your feet? Clap your hands and damce ? That’s ok! Isn’t it fun that when the camera spins, you can see yourself up here? Is it not fun? I noticed some of you hide yourself. Or some of you might think of “Ohh, my gosh!”
But please enjoy our service today and let’s return all our joy and all our gratitude to our God.
Our Heavenly Father! We have so much to be thankful, for even in midst of difficulties, struggles, You are there, loving us, embracing us. Father, we thank You for all that You have given to us. We want to become the true sons and daughters that You believe in. We want to become those sons and daughters that You can look upon and say, “This is my son, this is my daughter, by whom I am well pleased.” We know that this will give You the greatest joy and will give us the greatest joy.
As we have entered this New Year 2009, we want to strengthen our new determinations. If those determinations are not yet firmly determined or decided we want to do it in the days ahead to really renew ourselves, to recommit ourselves to You, to those around us, to Your ideal, to believe in whom we are, that we are true sons and daughters, and when we forget that we know that it will give you pain and suffering.
Heavenly Father we’re so grateful for Your love and guidance. Strengthen every person here and all those watching us via internet. May your love and grace shower upon them, so that they absolutely will feel your love regardless of their situation, that even if we feel unworthy to receive your love that we can shed tears, that we can repent deeply and then can receive Your love and be renewed, be empowered, re-empowered, to start the new week with You.
We thank You and we most humbly offer and report all of these to You in all of our brothers and sister’s name throughout the world… Amen..AJU! Read the rest of this entry »