Special Sermon by Il-Hwa CEO Lee Sung Kyun

July 25, 2009, HQ Church Seoul, Korea

Opening Prayer by Rev. Michael Brazil

Our Heavenly Father, our Heavenly Mother,

We want to thank you so much for this beautiful day, the rain that has cleared the skies and the air we can breathe in, the crisp, pure and refreshing air. Father, we also want to breathe in the fresh pure spiritual air, your love, and your heart and your truth. We want to welcome you here, we want to throw open the doors to the church and to the chapel and invite you in, welcome you to our service.

We pray that you can delight as you take a look at your children who are here from so many different countries, different nationalities and different backgrounds. Father, we know that you teach that we should be one family. We pray that you will delight as you see one family here today. Help us to open our hearts and our minds to receive your word today, to receive your truth, your love, your goodness and your beauty.

We ask that you speak through our speakers today, that they can convey that truth, goodness, beauty and love. Again we thank you so deeply, and we want to humbly and excitedly offer this prayer to you as blessed brothers and sisters from around the world. Aju.

Welcoming Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters. It’s really great to see you all. Today I heard a lot of Philippine sisters came. Can you just wave your hands so we can welcome you? Welcome sisters, we love you so much! We are truly grateful today that we have each other in this sanctuary under Heavenly Father and our True Parents. On this great day let us celebrate our worship service and let us praise our Heavenly Father and our True Parents. Welcome brothers and sisters.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Welcome brothers and sisters. Let’s begin by manifesting the Principle-are you ready for that? Let’s go. Give and receive action, four position foundation, May I inherit the True Love of God. Aju! You did it.

You know, this week has been incredible. After receiving spiritually the seven deaths and resurrections of True Parents, I realized what kind of love the True Love of True Parents was. Before I did not realize what kind of love that was. And this week has been amazing. We had the privilege to go to Japan, to encourage the members there and talk to them about what True Love is. We saw so many brothers and sisters there shedding tears. So many came up to us and said, ” I never could get my finger on exactly what True Love was.” After understanding that, I can kind of sense now, what kind of parental love this True Love is. It really is remarkable, that kind of True Love, the parental heart, that will take their children’s place in punishment or even death. Not just once, but over and over again. That is the kind of immense love we’re talking about. And when we realize what kind of amazing grace we have we realize that it is great, because we are going to go into Cheon Il Guk…..Let’s give it up for Cheon Il Guk, everybody! Yes, we are entering into the Kingdom!

I was reading through the Bible and I was inspired by this one chapter in Isaiah, it is really beautiful. I want to share it with you all today. It’s Isaiah 35- it’s called “Joy of the Redeemed”. Understanding the True Love theology, understanding the seven deaths and resurrections and then hearing this- is so inspiring. I want to read it with you.

Isaiah 35:

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear, your God will come, he will come with a vengeance, with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow. And a highway will be there and it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way. Wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

Let’s give and Aju for that, brothers and sisters! I’m ready to get into the Cheon Il Guk. Oh my goodness!

Brothers and sisters, it is in that spirit of offering, gratefulness, thanksgiving, that we want to enter into God’s presence. When we do that, then He’s going to shower His blessings, and the springs in the desert shall come forth. That’s when we’re going to see this week bloom and blossom, new beautiful lakes and pools, bubbling springs. That’s when we are going to see us getting more things done, getting more blessing. When we come into His presence like that, with that kind of receptivity, open heart–then we’re getting ready to be blessed. And when we offer service together, worship together, sing together, pray together and listen to our speaker together- we have a wonderful speaker today – then we are getting ready–readying ourselves for and incredible victory, incredible freedom, that we all receive through the love of True Parents.

Brothers and sisters I want to give you this opportunity, not just as observers, participants. We want to really offer our hearts. When we do that this week then we know this week going to become better, more blessed, more victorious, more illuminated, more filled with peace in our hearts, minds, our souls.

Brothers and sisters once again welcome. Let’s start with that kind of amazing heart. If we do that we are going to truly return gladness and joy to God and True Parents. Let’s all rise and now move into our Family Pledge.

Prayer Time:

Let us always rememeber that God and True Parents have blessed us with the blessed life to inherit the True Love of God, a love that is incredible, that allows us to become greater blessings to our spouse, to our family, the greatest blessings to our communities, our nation, our world, the spirit world and to God.

Let us now manifest the Principle. Give and Take Action. Four Position Foundation. All coming together as one. May I inherit the True love of God. Aju.

Let us take time to pray. We also want to pray for our Abel good spirits. Let us offer them thanks. Let us pray together.

Unison prayer

Hyung Jin Nim’s Prayer after Unison prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You so much for Your amazing, unending grace. We are so grateful that we get to know True Parents who have manifested and perfected Your true love and inherited that parental heart; a heart that sacrifices and takes the place of their children, even at the cost of their own lives, so that their children may live and that their children may be free in the land of glory.

True Parents have not done that for us once but seven times. They have sacrificed their physical and spiritual soul, so that we could have everlasting life in the incredible nation of eternal peace. Glory be unto them and glory be unto You who have allowed us to be in this place. We want to inherit that kind of true love, and we want to love You with that kind of heart.

We offer these things to You today, altogether here as one family, as one brotherhood, one sisterhood, in our own name as blessed central families. Aju!

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for offering your prayers. We want to always remember to pray for our Abel good spirits, to pray for each other. That is getting the resurrection spirit inside of us. Seven deaths and resurrections…. Even death could not be victorious over true love. That is the kind of resurrection power we want to inherit. Nothing can stand in our way when we are moving towards the kingdom.

Introduction of Speaker by Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and sisters, we have a wonderful brother here that will be speaking for us today. His name is Lee Sung Kyun Sajangnim (President). He is now the President of Il Hwa Corporation which, as you know, is one of our major companies. He’ll be explaining a little more to you today. I want to briefly introduce him.

He was born in 1954 and in 1970 he joined the movement. He joined actually when he was a high school student, in his first year, so he joined quite early. He received the blessing in 6000 couples and has two wonderful children.

We have the privilege of visiting him at his home and meeting his family; just a wonderful family. He entered into Il Hwa, the Corporation, in 1978, so he’s been there for a good 30 years. In 1998 he was asked by Father to become the President of Il Hwa, and of course, he’s been continuing his education. He attended one of the major universities here in Seoul, Tong Guk University. He got his degree in economics. He has a masters in economics and is now working towards his PHD in economics.

He’s been here ever since Kook Jin Hyung has come in 2005. He has really worked tirelessly to be able to resuscitate Il Hwa for the last 30 plus years. Il Hwa has never been profitable in its history. And even though it has some very famous things like Mc Col and Ginseng Up — do you remember? We grew up on this stuff all the time when we were young — but Il Hwa, as a corporation, was actually in weak condition.

Ever since President Lee took leadership, they went through many, many different types of difficulties, but he was able to guide the company through those difficulties. Finally, in 2005, when Kook Jin Hyung came, he took responsibility for the Tong Il group. He worked very closely with Kook Jin Hyung, becoming totally united, completely one, and really making the steps to make Il Hwa a successful company. He’s going to give you a little more detail on what exactly happened but I would like to report that for the first time in Il Hwa history it is now profitable. (Applause)

Let’s give it up to Il Hwa! (Applause)

Without his leadership and his total unity with the entire group, the Chedan group with Kook Jin Hyung and all the other company Presidents, it would not have been possible. President Lee is quite an example in our community. He brings his staff out here on Sundays, they offer their time, he is out there in the parking lot, guiding cars into the parking lot, in the parking ministry or even doing the greetings (welcome). He is in the greeting ministry, too. He will go down and do this with the members and with his staff.

So he is not the President that is floating up on high. He is really going down and showing the example of what a leader should be in this new age. He is very talented and now he is making results for our Unification Movement and for our Tong Il Group. But he is taking that step of faith, and he is an incredible contributor towards the remodeling of this church here. He personally, and also corporately, has contributed greatly to the temple building. So they have just been outstanding members of our community, just outstanding members of faith. It is such a privilege for us to be able to highlight them today and their story and all the exciting happenings in Il Hwa.

When he comes up, let us all give him a very warm round of applause. Let’s invite President Lee up. (Applause)

Words of President Lee (in Korean)

Hyung Jin Nim Words of Thanks:

Brothers and sisters, once again, President Lee from Il Hwa! (Applause)

You know, it is such a proud day when we finally heard that Il Hwa became profitable and successful. We’re so delighted. The same company that brought excitement when we were kids, drinking Mc Col and Ginseng Up, finally, as a corporation, is doing great. We’re so delighted, so happy, so proud. We’re so grateful for President Lee. He and the other Presidents of the Tong Il Group along with Kook Jin Hyung’s leadership really have turned around the whole situation in our Korean movement.

If Kook Jin Hyung had not come here to really make it a success, then in this age, in this year 2009, we would really be in a very different situation here in the Korean Church. However, because of their success and their very hard work and the results that they made for us as a movement, as a church, we’ll be able to continue to grow and progress as we are doing today.

Let’s give President Lee one more round of applause. (Applause)

Thank you so much. Very proud! Proud Unificationist! Wherever they go, they are carrying people, we are Unificationist and we’re not shy. We’re proud of it, we’re proud of it, brothers and sisters. That’s the kind of power we want to have. We are professional; we’re successful in our companies, successful in our Church. Our Church is growing. We’ll be proud of who we are, proud of what we have as Unificationists. We have pure love, we could finally understand what that means, what kind of amazing love that is, love that the world has not seen yet. And when we understand that, when we have confidence in ourselves as Unificationists, then we’re going to exude that confidence, and we’re going to allow that to spread to the rest of the world.

If you believe it, let’s give it up for UC, True Parents and God! (Applause)

Hyung Jin Nim Prayer:

Let’s gather our hearts in final prayer.

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this day that You have blessed upon us. Father, we know that Your foundation is not only internal but, Father, but You have an external form as well. Father, in this day and age, when we’re truly supposed to substantialize CIG, to allow that prayer, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done as on earth as it is in heaven” (to be substantialized,) Father, we pray that we may be able to substantialize that.

Father, we are praying with gratitude for the tremendous success that You have blessed upon our Tong Il Group with the leadership of Kook Jin Hyung here. We’re thanking You for our President Lee Sung Kyun today, for his sharing his words and also his experience, his story and also the great success and victory that You have blessed upon Il Hwa.

Father, we pray for their continued success, that the internal nature which is so incredible in our movement, so advanced — we understand really what true love is — we pray that our external form can also match that level of success and loftiness.

We pray that today You may have spoken to people who are listening via the internet. Father, give them hope (so that they may say,”) Yes, we are the Unificationists! We can succeed and we will succeed.” And Father, (inspite of) all the nay sayers and those who curse the Unification Movement, saying that it will perish, that it will fail, let us truly bring success. Let us lift our symbol up higher and let us try, not with arrogance but with victory and glory, always returning that in gratitude to You.

Father, we want to be those kind of incredible people of faith and we want to offer all these things to You in gratefulness, in thanksgiving and in glory.

We pray these things in our own names as Central Blessed Families, Aju!

Offering Prayer:

Please bow down your heads, close your eyes.

Good afternoon, our most beloved Heavenly Father and True Parents.

Father, we would like, again, to invoke Your Divine presence as we are gathered here as brothers and sisters after receiving the inspiring message through our beloved elder brother President Lee and our elder brother Hyung Jin Nim.

Father, with all the effort and sacrifices of our brothers and sisters who are here today, we would like to offer this humble offering which came from their hearts and hard work. This simple donation is offered to You for the purpose of fulfilling the advancement of the providence here on earth and also in the spirit world.

Father, we would like to take this opportunity again, to convey our deepest gratitude for all the bountiful blessings You have bestowed upon us.

Thank you and we love You so much.

This we ask and pray as central blessed family, in our names, Aju!

Transcribers: Barbara Malloch/Cathy Quebral
Proofreader/Polished by: Sylvia Santelli/Rev. Bruno Klotz

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