Let’s Fulfill our Responsibility for the Blessing and Enter the Cheon Bok Gung by Rev. Dong Hon Lee

January 27, 2010

January 16, 2010,  HQ Church, Seoul Korea

And so another mission of our Unification movement is not only to testify about True Parents, it’s also to fulfill the will of the living Messiah, the living returning Christ. And this is the one factor that is very different in our ministry as the Unification Church, compared with other religious traditions. This is one of the greatest driving forces of the Unification movement, because we have  what is known as ‘immediacy.’ We have the presence of the Messiah, in our midst, whose will we are working to fulfill.

Welcoming Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters! (Good afternoon!) Welcome to the headquarters of the Unification church! A couple days ago we went to the growth stage Cheon Bok Gung [Temple], and we really saw the hope for the future Unification Church. Today, we sincerely hope and pray that you and your family have heavenly fortune from Heavenly Father and True Parents. Aju.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters! Let’s begin by manifesting the Principle: give and receive action, four position foundation, may I inherit the true love of God. Aju!

Before we start with the Cheon Seong Gyeong, you know the characters for Aju, in Chinese characters the word “aju” can mean  many things. In Chinese, when you write the characters ah-ju, the ah is the character for ‘myself’—or ‘me,’ ‘I’—and ju, there are many different translations for it. We usually think of it as ‘owner.’ But ju can also mean ‘Lord.’ Like, “Jesus is the Lord.” When we say that in Korean, we would say Ju-nim.

So, when we look at ‘Aju,’ we can see that from one perspective   it means ‘I am becoming an owner,’ as Father explains. Of course, as the last Adam, as the perfected Adam, Father can say that. In terms of our own devotional life, when we say ‘Aju,’  it has of course that meaning as well, but at the same time it has a powerful meaning, which is ‘my Lord,’ ‘my God’—we are praising God every time we say ‘Aju’!  See what I mean? It has that kind of an amazing thing inside. In  Chinese it can actually mean that.

So we want to remember that when we say ‘Aju,’ we’re not just saying ‘truth’—like ‘Amen’ just means ‘truth’ or ‘I agree with that.’ It means ‘my God,’ ‘my Lord’—we are praising God every time we say it!

Today Cheon Seong Gyeong is from 578. Father is talking about the spirit world here.“Death and the Spirit World” is the title, chapter two. Father says, “The earth also breathes and moves. Your cells breathe as well. Do you want to live eternally on earth, or do you want to live eternally in a place where you become an invisible entity of love? God is the center of the invisible spirit. Therefore He wants to give human beings who are His counterparts everything from the eternal realm of the ideal that He created.”

Brothers and sisters, we just received some news, actually, from Haiti. As you know, there was a huge earthquake there, a huge disaster in Haiti. You’ve seen the news: up to 50,000 casualties and fatalities. But amongst all that incredible natural disaster and just unbelievable trauma, we have there a center, the Haiti Unification Church Center. And it was greatly affected by the earthquake: it actually collapsed. The second and third floor collapsed, people were inside the building—extremely dangerous. Two of our Japanese missionaries  were there. One is the wife of the national leader there in Haiti. Her name is Fujiko Hirano-san. And the other sister is Yukiko Shibata-san who is blessed to a Haitian brother. They have one new-born baby. Mrs. Hirano has three children.

They were in this incredible disaster, this earthquake, where so many people have lost their lives.  At the Haiti (unification church) center  the building collapsed on top of them, it literally collapsed on top of them, they were under the rubble for about an hour. After the rubble was cleared, everybody believed that there would be sad news. But – miraculously – from the ashes of that rubble all the brothers and sisters—and the little babies!—came out completely healthy! Let’s give it up one more time, let’s give it up one time for God, protecting them and blessing them. (Applause) We are so grateful for the Haiti brothers and sisters. We want to pray for them, particularly today.

Brothers and sisters, we are living in a miraculous age. So, this is our part:  In this service we want to talk about ministry today, before we go to the Cheon Bok Gung. We want to share with you a lot of great things about ministry. But today we also want to be able to give, through that, glory back to God. So, it may be a little different type of inspiration today. Okay? It may be a different type of feeling. But before we go to the temple, which is only three weeks away from now, we want to be able to be fully informed and educated about what kind of things will actually be going on in the temple. So that way we’re all on the same page. Brothers and sisters, we pray that today, through service once again, we can return victory and also greater heart and love to God and True Parents.

Intro to Guest Speaker and Nature of Our Tradition:

Brothers and Sisters, today we have a very special guest. He is the head of our ministry team  at the Cheon Bok Gung.  We’ll be moving to the temple, as you all know, in a couple of weeks. But before that, I just want to talk, just a little briefly, about the nature of our tradition in our religion. You see, when we look at the Unification Church and at Unificationism as a religious tradition, we can see that it has a very different nature than other established religions. Other established religions like Catholicism or Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, etc.—that are  referred to as the “universal” religions—they have the mission, as religious traditions, to testify about—for example in Christianity—Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, about his death and resurrection, and about the Son of God, etc. As a Buddhist, one would have the mission, being in the Buddhist tradition, to follow the teachings, what is known as the “Buddha-dharma” of the Buddha, to follow the path of self practice and enlightenment, and also to go beyond that, to actually save and liberate other beings, which means also to witness. In the Islamic tradition we have the mission of Islam, which is to testify that there is only one God, and that Muhammad is His prophet. That is the first pillar of Islam—very important for that tradition. So, all the religious traditions, whether they are ancient religions or new religions, have as their mission to testify about their faith.

As the Unificationist tradition, of course we have  as one of our central missions to testify about True Parents as the second coming of Christ, as we see it through the Divine Principle. But one aspect in which we differ greatly from other religions is the fact that we actually are a religion attending a living messiah, the living messiah. And that’s very different. Because we not only are theologically in a relationship with the Lord, as Christians are in a relationship with Christ, or as Buddhists are in a relationship with the Buddha. Not only is it a cognitive, or mental relationship, or a heartistic relationship; it’s actually a real relationship in the sense that they are present on this earth!

And so another mission of our Unification movement is not only to testify about True Parents, it’s also to fulfill the will of the living Messiah, the living returning Christ. And this is the one factor that is very different in our ministry as the Unification Church, compared with other religious traditions. This is one of the greatest driving forces of the Unification movement, because we have  what is known as ‘immediacy.’ We have the presence of the Messiah, in our midst, whose will we are working to fulfill. And so there are also difficulties in this kind of mission; it’s not always easy, as you can recognize with the apostles that followed Christ, Jesus’ twelve apostles: even the twelve apostles had a difficult time following Christ. We have Peter who denied Christ three times. We have Judas who betrayed him, sold him for a couple of shekels of money. So we have the reality that serving the living Messiah is extremely difficult. It is a huge challenge. It’s not an easy thing! It comes with so many different trials and tribulations that one has to endure and overcome on a personal level. And so this is one of the really key characteristics of us as a religious tradition: we have the presence of the Messiah, the Buddha, the matrea Buddha, the Mahdi, etc.

In 2009 we had an incredible year, a year of incredible victory actually—but  much pain was involved in those victories! You know, we made history in the Korean church; the Korean church members made history in 2009. We did things that nobody believed we could do in the Korean church. Members never believed we could do it, but we did it as the Korean church. We did it, we made history! (We’ll talk about it a little later).

But you know, as the Korean church  we had to undergo a lot of difficult tasks. We hadn’t grown in thirty years. We had negative growth in the last 30 years! So we had many things that we had to address. We had to think about the nature of that problem. And now, try to fix it! You see how difficult that is, to see the nation, and then actually create a plan to fix that problem. I couldn’t do it by myself, absolutely not.

We had Kook Jin Hyung’s expert analysis; we had whole groups of teams that came in; first generation was involved, professionals that were second generation were involved. Even consultants from outside groups were also involved. We had to go through phases of restructuring in the Korean church. We had to actually make very difficult and tough decisions—very tough! I mean I don’t think I ever cried that much in a year! So tough!

I mean, some of the times were the most grueling experiences I had to go through personally; just so painful. You know we had to let go of over a hundred ministers. We had over four hundred and fifty ministers; we had over four hundred and fifty churches! Many of the churches were totally delapitating, and their congregations—the average size of these small churches was ten members. So there was no way that they were self-sufficient.

So we had to make very difficult changes. A lot of the ministers were also advanced in age, over sixty-five, over the normal age of retirement. So we had to actually retire ministers! I had to let go of pastors! That was probably the most painful thing I’ve ever done in my life! Because these people had families, they had children. It was so painful.

We had to cry with them, we had to explain to them honestly the situation. We had to tell them that the Korean church was subsidized every year, at least $10 million per year! We had to explain how the Japanese members have to suffer so greatly so that they can actually pay for all the churches around the world, that only the Japanese church is actually paying for all the other churches around the world!

And these bitter realities that we had to confront and face as a movement—no more could we hide behind the idea that these things didn’t exist—we actually had to confront them! We had to bring them to the open. We had to say, “Now look at these problems! Look at these huge, chronic illnesses! We’ve got to make a change! Otherwise we’re never going to be able to succeed.”
So I tell you, brothers and sisters, 2009 was so tough. Boy, I was just a scholar! I was a scholar and a student and a practitioner, and now I have to be in a position where we have to actually create a church that can stand on its own two feet, that doesn’t rely on the Japanese brothers and sisters – many of whom are actually here today – to run its operation.

So we had to let go of ministers; we had to merge over two hundred churches. So the nature of the Unification Church ministry has completely transformed in Korea. It was usually a ministry where one minister would have almost complete control over that church. But now, through many different systems, we can check on how the minister is actually managing their members in the church. We also have feedback loops that we’ve created so that the members can voice their opinions on their ministers; if they’re not happy with the ministers, they can create their comments.

We also had to merge churches, which changes the nature of our ministry from a ministry that is centered around a charismatic leader to now a team ministry, where we have to work together in ministry, where now the ministers have to work together with other ministers to create greater victory for the church, and for True Parents.

And personally, even in my own life—now I’ve been doing ministry for about two years now, two years plus—I  see even the nature of my own ministry changing. At first, when I first started ministry, I didn’t have the kind of feeling of mission; I didn’t really have an understanding of the Unification Church mission. And so, even in my own ministry, I see a transformation, because as Father asked me to take more responsibility, then I had to actually confront this issue, and I had to actually address this issue—this kind of fundamental purpose that we have as a Unification Church: to testify and fulfill the will of the returning Christ. And this also was extremely tough. This was very tough for me.

I went from a position of just encouraging people, to now being in the position where I had to tell them the bitter reality. I had to tell them things they didn’t want to hear. I had to tell them things like, “Hey, guys! We cannot continue to burden the Japanese church like this! It’s not responsible; it’s not ethical.” I had to challenge the Korean congregations! I had to tell them, “We’re not going to do this any more. We’re going to become self-sufficient. We’re going to step out on our own two feet. We’re going to stop the dependency mentality. We’re going to stop relying on Japanese brothers and sisters to suffer for us. We’re going to liberate them.”

So we embarked on that kind of journey. It was tough! Boy, it was very tough at first. At first we were challenging members to take more ownership for the church. You know, we have to participate in creating self-sufficiency for the church, we have to practice in what normal people do, in Christianity and Buddhism and Islam, normal things. We have to be at least at their level! We have to be at least contributing, tithing to the community so that we can support the church. We have to be at least participating in the world providence, at least once in our life. We have to also be able to testify about True Parents—these were new things! Things people hadn’t done in thirty years!

So these were  new challenges, and many members were upset: “Why are you making us do these things? Why are you making us? We were comfortable!” Even though our church was going down, we were comfortable being subsidized. We were comfortable taking $10 million at least every year from the Japanese church. “Why shouldn’t they suffer for us?!” They were furious! And we had to deal with these very difficult issues. I actually never shared this with you guys for the year-and-a-half that we actually had to gruel through this.

And so it was very tough; 2009 was extremely tough. It was so tough at times, that we just wanted to quit! We just wanted to throw our hands in the air: “Well, that’s over! Forget it! Why do we have to endure this? We just want to quit.” But you know what? We pushed through, together with the Korean brothers and sisters.  The brothers and sisters in Korea stepped up. Not all of them at first. Many were furious at first; they left; stormed out, said, “We don’t want anything to do with the Unification Church anymore!” But there were brothers and sisters who said, “You know what, we know that we have to do that. We know we have to do that for our own pride as a Korean church. We know we have to stop the dependency, the subsidization that’s coming from Japan; we’ve got to stop that! We’ve been talking about helping the Japanese brothers and sisters; we’ve got to do it now!” And, about 1500 brothers and sisters stepped up. And we fought. We went a tough ground; we went a tough battle. We went together, and we gruled through tough, tough things together. Boy, we went through things that we couldn’t even imagine, that we couldn’t wish upon anybody else. But we went through the different stages of growth. We learned how to contribute to the community again. We learned how to contribute to the world providence. We learned how to testify about our faith, and to be proud of our religion. These things were not present in the Korean church even one year ago.

One year there was absolutely no hope. We had a delapitating church. Where now, church membership has grown 30%-40% for the first time in thirty years! Members now, across the nation, have participated in being responsible for their own churches, tithing to the community. In the Korean church alone—we’ll be moving to the temple very soon, but we have to be clear, let’s be honest—the Korean church raised over  $25 million for that Temple! (That’s nowhere near Japan, which raised $75 million for that temple.)

So actually, the Korean church did something that was unheard of. It did those kind of incredible things. And, at the same time, we now in the Korean church have an atmosphere where people are on the streets witnessing again. People are declaring their faith! They’re saying, “I’m not going to be a closet Unificationist anymore.” We’ve done the impossible in the Korean church! Let’s give it up for our brothers and sisters in the Korean church! They’ve really stepped up this time!

And this has everything to do with ministry, because the Korean members stepped up and participated in ministry. They stepped up and made a historical result that no other nation in the world has done yet in the Unification Church. Not yet. Not even one nation has made this kind of result, in the world. All the Unification Churches except now Korea are receiving subsidies from Japan—still. But the Korean church has broken free from that! And we are now standing on our two feet. For the first time, we received zero from the Japanese church.

I am so proud of the Korean members! Boy, we walked an incredible year! We never thought we could get through it, but we ended up coming out victorious. And we ended up proving to ourselves that we could do something that nobody thought we could do. For that, I am so grateful for the Korean members, because they really stepped out of the box, to step up in faith, and I am so proud of them!

You know, in that realm, there is a lot of hope. I’m really grateful also to our ministry teams. All around the country, our ministers stepped up a whole new notch. Our ministers participated at a whole other level than what they were doing in the past. Our ministers around the country really stepped up to declare their faith and to be proud as leaders in their faith, to take responsibility as leaders! And because of that, we have grown as the Korean church. I am so proud. So when we move into the temple, I know we are moving in with that kind of victory.

We are not at a situation where we can actually support other nations now. We’re not. We’re at a situation where we barely can survive. But that is greater than in the past, than any year in the past! And it is a greater result than any nation right now, currently in the Unification Church, other than Japan. So we’re so proud of our brothers and sisters and the Korean church.

(But) we also have to remember – Kook Jin hyung reminded us last time – that the temple that we’re going to is because of the dedication of the world membership. He reminded us last week in a video. He said, “Guys, remember: this is not YOUR church. This is not the headquarter’s church for YOU, so you guys can just enjoy a beautiful temple and have a great facility. That is not the purpose of this temple. That is not why members across the world donated their blood, sweat and tears to build this temple. This temple represents the hope that the Unification Church will not die, and that our belief and our faith and our conviction will continue throughout the ages, and that we will continue to witness and testify on behalf of True Parents.” And so he reminded us—and he’s very much into the numbers—so he reminded us, “Remember, you guys only raised ten percent of the temple!” He said, “So imagine, you go out with your friends to dinner  and you have to pay for your friends every time you go out, every time YOU have to pay for them, every time! They pay once out of ten, so every time you go out, for a hundred times, they pay ten times, you pay ninety times!” He said, “That’s unfair. You’re going to get upset at some point. You’re going to say, ‘Hey! Wait a minute! You guys are my friends! We should be helping pay for this together!’”

Kook Jin hyung reminded us that we’ve got to go into the temple remembering we have a mission. We’re not going in there just so we can enjoy ourselves. We’re going in there with a purpose. So that purpose is the very purpose why we joined the movement, and the very purpose why many of us have moved and live in Korea: to truly create the Cheon Il Guk nation, to begin the starting point of the nation, centered on faith, centered on the love that is testifying on behalf of the True Parents and their True Love. And so he reminded us that we, as the Korean church, have this kind of awesome responsibility as well.

So, brothers and sisters, today we want to invite up our head pastor. I’m so proud of our ministers, because they are going above and beyond what they ever have done in ministry in their lives! We have many different things that are going on, and we also have to fulfill the responsibilities that True Parents give to us, such as the February 17th Blessing that is coming up: 14,300 new members we have the responsibility of creating! So that’s not an easy responsibility. Can you feel the weight of that burden? So our ministry team has really stepped up. I’m very proud of them. We have some young ministers, we have some more elderly ministers, but all of them at the headquarters temple,  without exception, have stepped up in every aspect.

The man you will be hearing from today participated—together with all the ministers here at  HQ church—in the 21,000 bows offering of devotion and effort. Pastor Brazil also participated in that: 21,000 bows, they did together! Our vice pastor here also, at the age of 62, participated in that, had to even go to the hospital because of the pain, but still participated in that kind of preparation in their heart to now truly step up and stand up for the Unification Church as we enter the temple.

Brothers and sisters, as Reverend Lee Dong Han comes up, I really want you to offer him a great applause, because he represents now the ministers in the Unification Church that are really coming up to the next level, that are coming up and really fulfilling the purpose and mission for which the Unification movement exists. So, brothers and sisters, when Reverend Lee Dong Han comes up, let’s all give him a warm round of applause. Let’s now invite Reverend Lee Dong Han up to share with us the goals and the different ministries at the temple that we’ll be having in 2010. Let’s give it up one time for Reverend Lee Dong Han.

Main Sermon by Reverend Lee Dong Han:

2009 Activities of the International President

Throughout the year 2009, International President Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee were up every morning at 2:00 am, and offered the utmost Jeongseong (devotions), for 365 days.  When True Parents called them, they attended True Parents at the Cheon Jeong Gung Palace Hoondok-hae.

Throughout the year, they officiated 6 church services every week, delivering sermons 198 times. They also officiated the 5:00 am Cheon Bok Ceremony service for the 7 Deaths and Resurrections, a total of 95 times.

They went on 21 home visits of members’ families, and invited 38 families for consultation at the Church.

They visited dignitaries 20 times for talks, officiated at 160 diverse meetings and spoke 84 times at various events. Despite their constantly busy schedule, they received 17 media interviews and appeared 24 times in the papers. Following True Parent’s directions, they visited and spoke in 5 American cities, and made 10 trips overseas including Japan and Taiwan.

Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee offered intense Jeongseong for the past one year, walking a tearful path of restoration through indemnity. They came to a higher spiritual enlightenment of True Parents’ 7 Deaths and Resurrections and Completion of 8 Stages, and their victory of 21,000 bows to witness to 21,000 and for the entry into the growth-stage CBG will be recorded eternally in the history of restoration.

Dear brothers and sisters,

Rev. Hyung Jin Moon has established the 7 Deaths and Resurrections Cheon Bok Ceremony service of the true love of True Parents, the Second Coming of Christ, which he has experienced and inherited. This is not one event of the past, but the service continues at present and will in the future, as an act of faith.

2009 Practice and Action of the Assistant Pastors

Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee are the full-time senior pastors of the International HQ Church.  They have single-mindedly devoted themselves to build a model international HQ Church, by reviving the current HQ Church. The other pastors have divided the various roles within the Church as assistant pastors.

7 pastors are in charge of nationwide regions, and of them, 2 are Hoonsa-nims. There is one pastor for youth and college students, one pastor for junior and senior high school students, one pastor for the English-speaking congregation, one lay minister for the Japanese congregation, one pastor in charge of the Christian service. There is one pastor in charge of special witnessing and general ministry for members, or a total of 13 pastors.

Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee always stand at the forefront, offering Jeongseong and a ministry of love. The assistant pastors are also offering Jeongseong, but as there are many shortcomings, sometimes we are scolded, and have to set conditions of re-indemnification.

The assistant pastors are uniting to assist the early morning Cheon Bok Ceremony and the 6 weekend services.

In the past year, the 13 pastors made 1,134 home visits. They counseled 3,831 members. They gave 865 lectures, and held 256 Home Group meetings. They have witnessed to and brought a total of 94 new members.

The pastors have distributed a total of 2,609 autobiographies, brought 135 couples to be blessed. The contribution made by them and their congregation to the Cheon Bok Gung amounts to 274 million won.

The pastors have been working hard with one mind to build the Church, denying themselves, serving Cain, making the Tongil Mark, in order to inherit the true love of God and True Parent, always and anywhere.

2009 Results of the Church

Brothers and sisters, you are the central figures of the growth and revival of the Church!

During the past one year, you offered Jeongseong every day, attended service every week, took part in the home visits and witnessing – brothers and sisters, you are the Owners of our Church.

Attending Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee, together with the pastors and the women leaders – although lacking – who are dedicated to their work, the 2009  Jeongseong and activities of numerous members is a record for the International HQ Church that could not be found in the past.

As of December 2008, there were 6,531 members registered at HQ Church, with 1,554 attending service. Donations amounted to 131 million won, tithing came to 99.2 million won. Now, as of December 2009, there are 9,272 registered members, with 2,243 attending service regularly. Donations came to 240 million won, and tithing amounted to 156 million won.  What this means, is that membership registration rose by 142%, service participation by 144%, donations grew 156%, and tithing rose by 157%.  During one year, the contributions for the Cheon Bok Gung came to 756 million won, growing by 230% compared to last year!

This has never happened in the history of the Unification Church!  It is an amazing miracle. The authority of God and True Parents is alive, and it is evidence that the spirit world is completely resurrected and working!  It is the victory of God, True Parents, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee. Mansei!  It is the victory of our brothers and sisters. Mansei!

2010 Growth Goal of the Church

Rev. Hyung Jin Moon declared last week at the service, that this coming February 7 we will offer the final service at this HQ Church here. Following the service, all members will leave the Cheongpa-dong HQ Church on foot, just as the Israelites entered Canaan going through the wilderness. We will march toward the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung, International HQ Church sanctuary.

He said that the new Cheon Bok Gung sanctuary is a place to enter, humbling ourselves, discarding arrogance, carrying with us a sense of mission to fulfill the Cheon Bok Gung providence. In order to strengthen our sense of mission, of all those entering the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung, we must make the goal of the HQ Church very clear.

The goal given by True Parents to the International HQ Church, is to build a church of 210,000. However, the main chapel in the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung that we will enter can hold 2,000 members, so if we hold 10 services, we will have nearly 21,000. Therefore, our first-term growth goal is 21,000 members.

At this starting point the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung situation is that we have 2,500 members and staff, a monthly donation of 200 million won, and 125 small groups. For three years our first-term and second-term goals are to double membership every year. Then, in the third year, if we expand 2.1 times, we will realize a membership of 21,000, donations of 1.6 billion won, and 1,050 small groups. This is a goal that can be achieved, if each member brings just one member a year.

The witnessing goal for 2010 is to bring 5,000 members. During one year the goal for our 2,500 members to witness to one member each.  We will then have  250 small groups with donations of 400 million.

2010 Strategy for Activity

If we are to say, this Cheongpa-dong HQ Church was a church of indemnity and offering centered on the foundation of faith, we can say that the Hangang-ro Cheon Bok Gung International HQ Church will be a church of restoration and grace, centered on the foundation of substance. Rev. Hyung Jin Moon has been making all of the preparations in order to revive the 21,000 growth-stage CBG, International HQ Church.

As it says in Matthew 16 to build a church on the rock of Peter, who confessed that Jesus was the Messiah, the International HQ Church, centered on the International President, will inherit the true love of the 7 Deaths and Resurrections, and Completion of 8 Stages. The cornerstone of the World Temple that testifies to True Parents as the Second Coming of Christ has been prepared. This fact is important.  In 2010 the church ministry activities of the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung, International HQ Church, can be divided into the 5 areas of: Jeongseong, Service, Witnessing, Education, and Member Care.

Rev. Hyung Jin Moon has already set the standard for Jeongseong, and leads the way.  He is offering Jeongseong starting at 2:00 am, but the members can come to the 5:00 am Cheon Bok Ceremony service and pray for God, True Parents, the Church and your own wishes. We must build the passion for early-morning prayer.  The church revival begins with the early-morning prayer.

Services will be held in English on Saturday, 8:00 and 10:00 am on Sundays and 4:00 pm for the Japanese service. The pastors and women leaders will do their very best to prepare inspiring services.

Witnessing must become the torchlight and the motto of the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung.  Rev. Hyung Jin Moon said that faith is witnessing.  In the Way of God’s Will, too, it says that witnessing will save us. Saint Paul said that if we don’t convey the good news, we will be punished by heaven.  The Church administration office will prepare all possible methods and strategies for witnessing.  Street witnessing, witnessing by writing and literature, via the internet, with witnessing teams – we will be mobilizing all possible means of activities.

Witnessing is the best action for putting true love into practice.  Yet, all of the religions of the world witness for their own interests, so the true reason for witnessing can be misunderstood. Thus, while we witness, we have to share true love with our neighbors through service activities. Through sharing and serving, we can make people open their hearts, which have been closed until now. The 125 small groups are groups for witnessing and at the same time, groups of service. Let’s create meetings for service, for witnessing. Let’s raise the banner of service, and go out into the world!

Members grow and the church develops through education. In cooperation with the women leaders and administrative support office, the pastors are preparing various programs to raise up new members who are guided to the church.  Education for new members, for blessing candidates, the Mothers’ Classes, Fathers’ Classes, Couples’ Classes are being prepared. At the Cheon Bok Video Centers various educational programs by video are ready, and lecturers are standing by.

Care for the members is to make sure that members can maintain a life of faith.  We hear that we can bring members, but they don’t stay.  At the Cheon Bok Gung HQ Church, we will change this. If we bring new members, they will bring more new members!  We have to help faith to grow.  If we don’t grow in faith, we will not multiply, even if we are alive. All members should belong to a group with life power, give and receive true love in their daily lives, and develop.

Responsibility for the 2.17 Cosmic Blessing Ceremony

On February 17 True Parents’ Cosmic Blessing Ceremony will be held at the KINTEX Convention Center in Ilsan.  The Cosmic Blessing Ceremony is a blessing of amazing grace, in which the sins of humankind are cleared. Through the blessing we can be reborn with new life, with the grace of the Messiah who has come after 6,000 years.

Brothers and sisters, we at the HQ Church, put up a banner saying, ‘Each member bring one member to enter the Cheon Bok Gung!’ and have been offering Jeongseong and working towards it. The growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung is a Temple of World Peace, made possible by the holy offering of members from 195 countries around the world.

For the 2.17 Blessing let each family guide one family to the Blessing, and let’s enter into the precious Cheon Bok Gung together! The goal for the 2.17 Blessing is 14,300 couples. The responsibility of HQ Church is to bring 1,220 couples among them. This is our portion of responsibility, that each and every member of HQ Church guide at least one couple to the Blessing. Each region and church have set their own goals and are now in the middle of a special witnessing period.

Thus, currently the leaders of the movement and the church have a goal to bring 3 couples, while general members are asked to bring one couple. We cannot enter into this historic Cheon Bok Gung, empty-handed. Let’s take responsibility to guide one couple, and enter the Cheon Bok Gung together with the blessed members!

If we fulfill this blessing goal, our Church will have fulfilled 70% of our 2010 goal already.

Here is a 5-step activity plan to fulfill our blessing goal:

Step 1: Hold a meeting to make a determination of faith for our blessing responsibility.

Step 2: Identify the blessing candidates.

Step 3: Visit the candidate and make a decision.

Step 4: Bring the candidate to KINTEX.

Step 5: Enter the Cheon Bok Gung together with your blessed couple.

Be forgiven of all sins, be reborn as true families, fulfill the 2.17 blessing responsibility and let’s enter into the Cheon Bok Gung of glory together!

2010 Church Activity Policy

Brothers and sisters,

The key to fulfilling all of the goals of church ministry I’ve mentioned lies with you. Our success depends on how you can be inspired  and light the torch of witnessing with faith, witnessing with life, and witnessing with love!

Brothers and sisters,

First, let’s have Pride in our Church.  The Tongil-kyo, International HQ Church, Cheon Bok Gung church, is the only one in our providential history to

1) Testify to the Messiah.

2) Be the Church that will establish the World Temple.

3) Be the Church that will build Cheon Il Guk!

Brothers and sisters,

Faith means to keep God’s promise without change, and to receive blessing.  First of all, let’s offer Jeongseong.  Let’s offer praise at the early-morning prayer Cheon Bok Ceremony. Second, let’s attend service.  Let’s offer tithing at the Saturday or Sunday service. Third, let’s take part in faith-group activities. After service, let’s always get together for witnessing or service activities and study or hobby activities.

Next, I’d like to show you a very short video of our pastors working at the International HQ Church, and close with greetings.

Brothers and sisters,

Let each family bring one family and enter into the Cheon Bok Gung!

Video Greetings from the Pastoral Team at World Headquarters Church:

Rev Kabyong Kim, Region 1:

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters.

Cheonilguk year 10 has now dawned, a year which will bring many great blessings to all of us. I am sure that this year you will inherit the true love of God, as well as inheriting True Parents’ heart, and will and hope.

In this coming year, if all of us embrace the faith and philosophy of our senior pastor, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, we can live a life of victory, a life of illumination, a life of peace, and we will all be showered with God’s unending blessings and grace; and we will be able to accomplish the victory of the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung.

I wish all of you a victorious year!

Rev. Yongha Kim, Region 3:

We have entered a new year, 2010. This New Year marks an important moment in the history of God’s providence.

I hope that through our life of Jeongseong (devotion), love, harmony and unity we can bring victory in witnessing and in donations. I will determine to bring victory following Senior Pastor Hyun Jin Moon’s strategy to witness to entire groups and organizations during this year.

Brothers and sisters let us all march forward to bring victory for the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung.

Rev. Baegwan Moon, Region 6:

The most fervent dream of all unificationists is the establishment of Cheonilguk. In 2010, we will witness a cornerstone of the substantial Cheonilguk when we move into the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we must all become one, working in harmony and unity in order that each one of us can make that vision our own, and that we can become proud and worthy members of headquarters church. Fighting!

Rev. Jae Hyun Kim, College and Youth Students

Year 10 of Cheonilguk has dawned.

As I worked with the members last year it was a very happy and fruitful year, full of God’s True Love.

I will work hard as the minister for our brothers and sisters in the college and young adult congregation, as well as the pre-school and elementary school young members so that this year, too, will be a year of blessing, a year of True Love, a year of sharing.

I always feel a great heart of gratitude when I meet our members, and I hope that this year we can all become one centered on True Love.

Cheonilguk year 10 is a very special year, so I will work even harder this year to live a life centered on love.

I will share that love with all of our brothers and sisters. I love you!! Thank you!

Rev. Inyoung Song, Region 2:

We have pledged to manifest Cheonilguk here in Korea, the new Jerusalem and the fatherland of our faith, by January 13, 2013. Together with the Ambassadors for Peace we undertake the great mission and mandate to bring all the people of the world to Cheonilguk.

Rev. Jeongsub Yoo, Region 7:

Year 10 of Cheonilguk has finally arrived.

In commemoration of the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung, True Parents have called us the ‘heaven’s heart’ or ‘cheonshim’ Unification Church in this year’s motto. Rev. Yoonho

Rev. Yoon Ho Ok, Region 4

This is the time we need to work with renewed determination, in order to complete Cheonilguk by 2013.

Rev. Shinhan Kim, Region 5:

Through the victory of the February 17 Cosmic Blessing, we will take a big leap forward toward the 210,000 member Cheon Bok Gung, the new Jerusalem.

Rev. Hoon Moon Choi, Middle and High School Students

By practicing absolute faith and devotion toward True Parents we will accomplish the completion of the 210,000 member Cheon Bok Gung.

Rev. Michael Brazil, Region 8 (English Language Congregants)

Let’s each bring one new family with us and enter the heaven’s heart Headquarters church all together.

All Pastors:

“Mansei for oneness with True Parents’ pure heart and with all their victories in the realm of the Cosmic Sabbath centered on true love”. Brothers and sisters, we love you!

Closing Prayer by Hyung Jin Nim:

You know, it’s quite incredible. We had an incredible journey with the Korean Church the last year. In so many aspects, we surprised ourselves and we were able to really do great things last year. I’m so proud of all the brothers and sisters in the Korean church stepping up and helping our Japanese members also in Japan. We are so proud of the Korean church!

Brothers and sisters, as you saw, our ministers were gearing up for ministry at the temple. There’s going to be many, many activities that we’re going to be participating in there. Really being able to fulfill not only the life of faith that you can practice in any other religion just going to church and being inspired, but really participating in the unfolding of the divine providence: that’s the difference between the  Unification Church and the other religious traditions. We don’t just come to service to be inspired. We come to participate in an unfolding divine will. And that is really what is characteristic about our faith. That is why I’m so excited and so grateful that the Korean church has stepped up and is now finally participating in that kind of work. We also want to encourage all the nations around the world to start stepping up, and participating in that kind of providence, taking responsibility, helping the Japanese church so the Japanese church can be relieved of the burden that they have held for al of us for thirty plus years. Brothers and sisters, let us join our hearts and end in our final prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you so much, today, for allowing us to rethink what ministry is all about in the  Unification Church. Father, we want to be able to live up to that standard as ministers who actually are working, and who are supposed to be leaders that protect the value of True Parents, and that testify and fulfill the will of Your divine providence. Father, we know that we as ministers we are not perfect, and we know that we are not the greatest leaders at times, but, Father, we pray that you may raise us and give us more wisdom, and give us more compassion. And, Father, give us more strength to be honest with ourselves and honest with others. Father, we are so grateful that this last year we were able to see the Korean church really step up on the international platform and stage and be able to do what no other church has done. Finally the Japanese church can look at us with hope and see that we are not a dependent church that they have to continue to feed and subsidize, but now we are adults, and we are stepping up on the world stage to support the providence! Father, we know that 2009 was amazing, and we had to do so many things that required incredible faith and effort, and challenging ourselves and going through unbelief! But, Father, we did it! We did it to the degree that we couldn’t imagine. And so for that, we are so grateful.

We pray that You may bless 2010 in a powerful way, You may bless the world temple and the mission that we have there, to show the  Unification Church worldwide that we can do this, we can make a difference, and we can be relevant in a real society in the modern age, that it is not a fruitless dream! Father, we want to be able to make that victory real at the growth-stage temple.

Father, we pray that You may also inspire all our brothers and sisters that participate with us in the international services, that they also may come to that heart, and we also may rise up in every step, every facet, so that we can go in with the same heart, the same mission, the same desire to truly liberate Your heart and liberate the heart of True Parents.

Father, we thank you so much for giving us more specific reports about what we actually have done, and what we want to accomplish. We pray that those desires may come to fruition. We’re going to keep praying, and we’re going to keep giving, offering devotion, and we’re going to keep witnessing in your name, so we pray that You may bless 2010. We pray that You may move the spirit world, and all the saints in the spirit world may be moved, so that in 2010, we can truly be victorious for You.

We thank You so much, and we want to pray that once again, in the Fatherland of Korea, we can do the impossible in 2010, we can step up and do what nobody believes we can do. Let us have the faith. Father, we pray that You may imbue us with the spiritual wisdom and the spiritual ability to do such things.

We thank You so much. We thank You for now preparing our ministry to the new level. We know that we are, in many aspects, not at the top, not at the very essence of our ability, but we are moving towards that, and we will try our best every day to get better in our ministry. We thank You so much and we pray that You may bless the ministry.

Next week, Father, we pray that we may listen to the women leaders who have been rising in the church for the first time in history, that we may be inspired by them, and help the women leaders also, to be successful in all that they do. We are one team, we have one purpose, and are moving with one heart and one mind. We thank You so much. We pray these things in a united heart that wants to inspire the world; in our own names, we pray as blessed central families and in the name of True Parents of heaven and earth, Aju.


Rev. Hyung Jin Moon’s Interesting Story

January 27, 2010

We always like to start with something a little interesting. I heard a story about Little Johnny and he was standing in front of the church and it was Veterans’ Day.

He was looking at this huge list of names in front of the church. He was looking at that very perplexed. The pastor came over and asked, “Johnny are you OK? You look very confused.” Johnny asked, “Pastor, what is this list of names doing in front of the church?” The Pastor replied, “These are the brave young men and women who once served and who died in service to their nation and the Lord.”

Little Johnny listened to that and was quite shocked. He looked at the Pastor and said, “Oh my goodness, did they die during the eight o’clock service or the ten o’clock service?”

Sermon:Living For The Lord / September 12, 2009


Rev. Hyung Moon’s Prayer:

January 27, 2010

Heavenly Father, thank you so much. Father we thank you this day because you are the rock upon which we are saved, and, Father, because of your deaths and resurrections, because of that incredible power and grace, we have a new resurrection inside of us.
Father, our unification movement is finally understanding why we are completing the mission of Jesus, why we stand in a providential history, why we are not a young movement, but why we are moving with 5000 years of your providence.

Father, let us get inside of us today. Let us realize that we are walking in the divine destiny with your divine movement, with your blessing. Father, let us have confidence in ourselves, and let us know that it is not by our own doing that good things will be received and good things will come to pass, but by us relying on the love that you have shed upon us and by being grateful for it. We pray that through your love we may be made new and made reborn.

Father, thank you so much for this day. We want to be able to be reborn today in our spirits. Our True Father is crying out to us today that united we stand and divided we fall. Our True Parents are crying out to the world today. Let us be one with them, one in heart and spirit. Let us center ourselves, our prayers, our lives, and our meditation on the victory of true love and move with that providence, move together with that divine destiny, and, Father, let us bring about the change in the world, which is our destiny.

Father, we thank you so much. We want to inherit this today. We hope that you can hold our hands today. We pray that we may be able to receive new life through this realization. Thank you for the everlasting life. We offer our thanks to you for the True Parents whom you called and chose to pay the indemnity for the sins accumulated from the early ancestors, and thank you for that grace. Because of this grace we are entering into the Kingdom. Let us be the best we can be. Father, let us be godly in our behavior, in our thoughts, in our minds. Come into our lives, come into our hearts, make us new, make us reborn. We thank you so much. We pray all this in our names as central blessed families. We pray this in the name of True Parents together as brothers and sisters in true love. Aju!

Sermon:Living For The Lord / September 12, 2009


A Blessed 2010 by Rev. Michael Brazil

January 19, 2010

January 2, 2010, HQ Church, Seoul Korea

   As our senior pastor mentioned in one sermon, we need to really love Jesus. Not just pretending, but genuinely and deeply love Jesus. How can we reach out to our Christian brothers and sisters if we do not love what THEY love?

Opening Prayer:
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
 
Thank you so much for this Holy Day, following True God’s Day, the Day of Victory of Love!
We are so very grateful to be able to be here, at the beginning of 2010, in the Fatherland, with our wonderful and inspiring international family!
 
We’ve come before you, with bowed heads, to seek your words, and understand your direction further in this brand new year!
 
Thank you for the blessed life you have granted us! Thank you for your love, and the lineage that you’ve allowed us! We want to resemble you in heart, mind and body.
 
We didn’t know what it meant to lead a blessed life, until you showed us, through the True Parents.  You have shown us also through the members of the True Family who have sacrificed themselves for your providence.  We wish to remember them especially on this day.

Help us to welcome each day as if it were the first day of the year, to pray deeply and train constantly, so that we can become better parents ourselves. Help us to stretch our heart and soul to grow, to see the world with your eyes.  As we ourselves have been guided and saved by your truth, give us a heavenly kick so that we can reach out to all those around us!
 
Let us stand in your position, as loving parents, brothers and sisters, toward everyone who needs you. Everyone needs you, but doesn’t know you enough to be aware of that.

Heavenly Father, to become parents means to lose/forget ourselves and to become one with you. Please guide each one, to be able to welcome our own Day of Victory of Love, the day to overcome ourselves, to connect another person to you, to share the love and truth that we’ve inherited from you.
 
We are so grateful that we have come to know you, at this time in history.
May this New Year be one of more sharing and multiplying ourselves as true men and women, so that we can accomplish much, to help build your kingdom. With deep thanks and joy in welcoming this New Year, 2010, I offer this prayer, together with all of our brothers and sisters around the world, Aju!
 
 Main Sermon by Rev. Michael Brazil:

So, what day is today? The Day of Victory of Love. It’s a very special day in our church, in our movement, for those who are here for the first time and who are unfamiliar with some of our traditions. And, can anyone tell me which anniversary it is? 27th? Was anyone at the Palace this morning? No one, that’s why you’re here today. Who went to the Palace yesterday? Just a nice, short talk, not too long, six hours! Actually, that’s not so long!

 I received some very good advice, a couple days ago, from someone about my sermons, saying: “When you give your sermon, there is usually three parts to your sermon, that’s good. But I think if there was just one, that would be REALLY good!”  I’m sorry, today I’m going to have two parts, not three parts. I’m working on it.

Before I begin, I’d like you to join me in our World Scriptures. So, let’s begin with our first one from Christianity:
“We rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.”  (Romans 5.3-5). So it’s a process we are going through.

Let’s look at Islam:
“O Man! Verily, you are ever toiling on towards your Lord – painfully toiling – but you shall meet Him…You shall surely travel from stage to stage.” (Qur’an 84. 6,19). So it’s talking again about a process, a growth.

Now, let’s look at Buddhism:
“Practicing step by step, one gradually fulfills all Buddha’s teachings. It is like first setting up a foundation, then building the room. Generosity and self-control, like this, are bases of enlightening beings’ practices.” (Garland Sutra 10)
So things that we are to do, that we are to practice, are a step by step process.

And finally Unificationism today:
“We should know that living for the sake of the self brings about evil, but acting for the sake of the whole brings development.” [Sun Myung Moon (133-16, 1984.7.1) CSG, p.1064 ]

We know we have to think about ourselves, but if we only think about ourselves, that creates problems. Like I said today, I wanted to talk about two things, something internal and something external. Yesterday was a special day in our church, in our movement We call it God’s day because we believe that the first of the Year should be offered up to our Creator God, to thank Him for the Blessings we have received. So in our church, we call it God’s Day, and which one did we celebrate yesterday?  The 43rd True God’s Day. What do most people do at the end of the year or at the beginning of a year?

What do most people do at that time? They make New Year’s resolutions, right? It’s common, very natural, I’m sure all of you do it. So everyone has made their New Year’s resolutions? Not too many hands. That’s OK, you can still do it today or tomorrow. But what’s interesting is that most resolutions are typical and quite common.

Let’s look at our first slide. Why are they typical and quite common?

New Year’s resolutions

– Because there are the same as last year.
– They last until Valentine’s day which is about six weeks.
– At least for America, about 20% make it to the second year of fulfilling their resolutions (that is actually pretty high)
Can we become successful with our New Year’s resolutions? The best way of course is to learn from people who are successful, is to learn from the winners.

Let’s look at some popular resolutions, and I’m sure you have done some yourselves.

Popular resolutions
1. Lose weight
2. Pay off the credit card
3. Quit smoking
4. Donate to charity
5. Keep a diary
6. Learn something new
7. Join a gym
8. Get a promotion
9. Be more courteous
10. Drink less alcohol (I hope nobody makes that resolution here)
 
But these are common resolutions that people make, but did you notice something missing? What’s missing from this list of resolutions? We’re missing one category and, if you talk to experts or time management people, they’ll usually tell you that, when making goals, you have to think about your wheel of life. Sorry, not receive and give action, but wheel of life, and the different categories that one has in life. For example, career, family, finances, physical and spiritual health. We should make goals in those areas, for a productive well rounded life. But today, we want to talk a little bit about the spiritual side. So most people here are religious. I know some people don’t like that expression and say: “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.” That’s OK.

But what are some spiritual resolutions that you might make?

– Prayer conditions
– Study conditions
– Love others, love your neighbors
– Give hugs
– Be grateful
– To love God and trust His love 100%

These resolutions are great ones.

Let’s look now at the slide. These are the resolutions I wrote at the top of my head:

Religious/ spiritual resolutions

– Relationship with God
– Relationship with TPs
– Relationship with others (some have mentioned it earlier)
– Spiritual development
– Mind – Body unity (everyone knows what that means)
– Share the faith

 Let’s look at the next slide:

Spiritual resolutions

– Prayer : (         )   — you can fill out the parentheses
– Study :  (         )   — you can study our Scriptures and the Scriptures of other religions
– Action : (         )   —  this is very important
– Forgiving others (enemies)
– Reaching out to others
– Spiritual Checklist  —  a list of things that you’re up to do, that you can’t do, should do, etc…
– Scripture Memorization — it could be very helpful in understanding your faith, in reaching out to others, in understanding their faith and sharing your faith.

These are very good resolutions that you can make. So resolutions are great! But there is one problem, what is the problem? Implementation and ? Execution and ? Continuation, great job!  Actually, your words are better than mine!

Today, I wanted to take a couple of minutes and look at the external things we can do, practical very helpful things I believe, to be more successful in 2010, and complete our resolutions. Yesterday, I was doing some researching on the internet, and I clicked on six simple steps; there could be more, there could be others, but let’s look at the next slide please:

6 steps (to maintain your resolutions)

1. Make sure the resolution is your own —  this is very important. Of course we talk about ownership. If we have ownership over something, we are more likely to accomplish it. But if somebody says: “You must do this!” How successful will you be? Probably not very successful. So it’s important that the resolution is of your doing, something that you WANT to do, and I think we know this, but often times, it’s not always the case.

2. Plan it out  — You need to develop a strategy to reach your goal. The experts say: “Break it down into smaller achievable goals”. Have you ever set a huge goal, and after a week, you just say: “Not possible, can’t do it, I think I’ll just give up!” So again, the experts say: “Small steps, manageable steps, achievable goals.” As you achieve each goal, you gain momentum, you gain confidence and you’re more likely to accomplish your ultimate goals.

3. Write it down — Did you know that most people, when they make goals, they don’t write it down? Did you know that? Most people don’t write their goals down. If you write it down, it makes it more real. It makes it substantial. Instead of just being a thought in your mind, it becomes more real. And you should post it somewhere in your house. Write it on a piece of paper, and put it in your bathroom, on your mirror, or on the bathroom door, in some place that you can see it every day and be reminded what your goals are. So all of you do that?

4. Make it specific — Set a specific target that is achievable, and set a time limit. It helps you to accomplish your goal step by step. Too often, we set a goal and there is no time period. The experts say: “This is a very helpful way to achieve your goals.” They give this example: Anyone who is in the situation of needing to lose some weight, set realistic goals for losing weight. An amount of weight every week, but make it reasonable and achievable, otherwise you’re too likely to give it up. For example, “In one month, I want to fit into these clothes”. You set these clothes aside and when you can get into those clothes, how do you feel? Good! It gives you more hope, more confidence. Actually, it’s very real, very practical and very doable.

5. Tell people about it –Tell someone about it. Actually, they say that if you don’t tell your goals to anyone and just keep it to yourself, your chances of success diminish greatly. Why? There is no accountability, right? So, who should you tell our goals to? Put it on your computer blog, send it out to your email list of one hundred people? Actually, you should just tell it to one person, someone whom you trust, someone who has your interest in heart, someone who is not afraid to hold you accountable, “I thought you were on a diet, why are you eating that chocolate cake? I thought you were going to the gym five days a week, you’ve only gone twice this week, and it’s Saturday!” But also someone who is not going to make you feel guilty, somebody who has your best interest in heart. So we need to share it with someone. It doesn’t have to be with everyone, just a few.

And finally, this next one is very important. Can anyone guess what the next one is? Number six, this is the last one. 
 

Wow, “Just do it.” That’s a great one, the Nike commercial. That’s a great commercial, by the way, a great model. Anyone else?
 
 “Start.” That’s an excellent one. That’s not it. That’s fantastic. Anyway, number 6 is “Forgive yourself.” Everybody, I have bad news. You are going to fail, at least once. You will. Probably you will have some failure, but the point is not to give up. How many of you have had that experience? You set a goal, and you make one failure and you give up. The key is not to give up. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t lose sight of what you want to achieve. That way you are much more likely to find success. So I hope that some of these suggestions and tips are helpful in making your resolutions more successful in 2010.
 
So what is the title of my sermon today? Who looked at the bulletin? The title of my sermon is A Blessed 2010. So how do we achieve that? How do we accomplish that anyway? And this morning I had the opportunity to listen to a part of the event going on up at the Palace today. Today is a special day in our church that we call the Day of the Victory of  Love. And this is a day when, on the other hand, it was a tragic event. The second son of our founder, (our founder of course is Sun Myung Moon and his wife is Hak Ja Han), was lost about 26 years ago, in 1984 I believe it was, in a car accident. And it is very interesting because at that time  he was driving in a car with 2 other passengers, and a big truck was coming the other way, and that semi-truck jack-knifed. Part of the truck went like this. So it was coming down the road, and Reverend Moon’s son had nowhere to go. So he had 3 choices. He is going straight, and this huge object, this truck is coming at him. He could either keep steering straight, he could steer to his right, which means the full impact would come on him, or he could steer to the left, and the full impact would go on the passengers.
 
Have you ever thought what you might do in that situation? Have you ever thought when you are driving in a car and you have a passenger, and if an accident is coming what you would do? Which way would you turn? Have you ever thought about that? I believe that we don’t actually know what we would do until the crisis comes. But I do believe that the more we think about it, the more that we prepare. If I have a passenger and I am in an accident, I will steer so that I take the full impact. I hope that is what I would do. This is what Reverend Moon’s son did. He was a young man, only 17 years of age, and he died. The two passengers in the car survived. He also had been very much thinking about his Father, and how to protect him, even acting as a body guard to them [True Parents]. Even thinking, “Could I take a bullet for my Father to protect him?” So already he was thinking along this line.
 
So we say in our movement that he truly achieved a great victory of love. And on the foundation of his parents, who we call True Parents …we speak of the founders of our church as True Parents, because we believe they have inherited God’s true love, true heart, true truth, and they are sharing it with us. So they are in this parental position of heart, and we say that his son inherited that heart…… So today we celebrate that victory of love. So today our senior pastor was at that event and offered the prayer. And in his prayer it was quite interesting. In his prayer he spoke about what he has been speaking about for the past few months, here on Saturday and Sunday. Sharing with us that we need to inherit the heart of the true love of God; not only that, but true love, true life, and true lineage. He also talked about us loving our True Parents in the New Year, and testify, testify to them. Testify to them as proud sons and daughters, that we might truly become filial children to our True Parents.
 
I’d like to read a very meaningful passage to me, to you; and this is taken from the book entitled THE VICTORY OF LOVE. This book contains messages from Heung Jin Nim, and also from Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Messiah. And Jesus had the following to say:
 
“Yes, my brothers and my sisters, the day has come to bring in my flocks. Bring them home to your True Parents. I have waited. I have waited many, many years for this day. And at last…I will lead them. I will lead them if you let me. If you open your hearts to me, I will call to my sheep. My sheep are blind, but they know my name. You must know the power of my name. You must not fear to express your love for me, because I love the True Parents. I love the True Parents greatly. Where our True Father stands, I am with him always. He is the one who can liberate my heart. I love the True Parents, I love them. So say the name of Jesus also. If you wish to call my sheep, you must let them know that you love me. Then they can trust you. They are afraid of you, because they are afraid that you do not like me. They are afraid you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But they know the power of my name. So if you say with pride and confidence, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” the Christians will follow you gladly. This is the key. This is the magic word to open their hearts. And you must say proudly the names of our True Parents.” Aju. (The Victory of Love, pgs 62-63).
 
As our senior pastor mentioned in one sermon, we need to really love Jesus. Not just pretending, but genuinely and deeply love Jesus. How can we reach out to our Christian brothers and sisters if we do not love what THEY love?
 
Someone once told me that if you want to inspire and move Korean people, you must love Korea. And this is true of any country, isn’t it? If you go to a country, how can you move the people if you don’t love their country? It is not possible. Often it is quite easy for Westerners or foreigners to come to Korea and criticize, “Well, that’s not how we do it in my country, and I don’t like this, and I don’t like that.” I’ve done that plenty of times myself. But actually, if we really want to move the Korean people, we have to love their country. And if we want to move Christians we have to love Jesus. Again, it must be real. And if we understood the heart of Jesus, if we understood what he has done, not just intellectually, not just conceptually, but genuinely, if we understood, how powerful we would be!
 
I remember when I was very young, and I was in elementary school, and I was visiting my Grandmother’s house, and on one Sunday morning she was watching a very famous Christian tele evangelist; and he was talking about Jesus’ childhood how fantastic it was, how glorious it must have been. And I thought, well okay, that must have been true. I didn’t know. But isn’t it interesting that in the Bible there is only ONE story that mentions Jesus’ childhood. Just one story and that was when Jesus was left behind in Jerusalem for 3 days.

Why is it that we don’t know more about the life of Jesus? Why is it that we know basically nothing about his childhood? There may be many explanations. Is it possible that Jesus didn’t talk about his childhood because it wasn’t very wonderful? It wasn’t so joyful? It wasn’t so fantastic?
 
I’d like to read another passage to you from the same book, and in this passage Heung Jin Nim, the second son of our founder Sun Myung Moon, is talking about Jesus; and in this passage this is what he has to say:
 
“Long ago Jesus couldn’t walk without aching. His feet hurt from the pain of not having the right nutrition and not eating right. His eyes were swollen and sore around the edges for the same reason. His family did not take good care of him. His brothers mocked him, mocked means to ridicule and they criticized him, because he was different; he was strange.  Jesus’ victory was unbelievable; unbelievable considering his circumstances. No one can ever understand the suffering depths of the heart of Jesus, and what he overcame to emerge as the Messiah. Don’t ever think for a moment that we don’t owe our lives to Jesus. Don’t ever think for a moment that we don’t substantially owe our lives to him. Even the True Parents feel this way. He first saved them, and they have bowed before him hundreds of times. Our members must learn to do the same.”
 
You must learn to do the same. You must learn to truly love Jesus.
 
In our movement we talk about God giving us 3 great blessings to fulfill. The first is to become perfect in heart, perfect in love, as Jesus encouraged us, and asked us to do. “You must be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” But how can you become perfect in love if you don’t RECEIVE love? Is that possible? It is so difficult, but Jesus accomplished that. Jesus accomplished the amazing, amazing victory of becoming a true son of true love.

And then in our movement we talk about how tragic it was that he had to die so young, when he wanted to do so much more. And we need to understand the sacrifice that he made. We need to know the real heart of Jesus; and how much he loves you, how much he loves us. And we do not have to be afraid. You don’t have to think or worry that if I love Jesus that I am not loving our True Parents. That is not true. If you love Jesus, you love True Parents.
 
Brothers and sisters, we really have to develop and grow in our understanding, in our love of course for God, for our True Parents and also for Jesus. We are so blessed to know what we know, to understand. In our movement we talk about how we move the heart of God. We can move the heart of God. We can make God cry, we can make God laugh. Some people would say that is heretical. Incredible! You have power over God, just as any child has power over their parents. And we also have the power to move the heart of Jesus; to move the heart of our parents.
 
How can we make 2010 be a blessed year? How can we be victorious in this New Year? What gift can we bring to our parents? What gift can we bring to our Heavenly Parents, our Heavenly Father and our Heavenly Mother? So that they will be most happy and joyful? What is it that we can bring? Money? Money is very nice, very helpful, very necessary in the world today. Absolutely. But is that the greatest gift you can bring? Yourself? That’s great, but what is even greater? To bring God’s sons and daughters who do not know Him. To bring God’s sons and daughters who don’t yet know the totality of His love and His grace. That, I think, is the best gift that we can give. That is the greatest way we can make 2010 truly a blessed year.
 
Make our resolutions, be sincere, and help our senior pastor here bring victory for God, for our True Parents, for Jesus, and for our elder brother Heung Jin Nim.  And on that I’d like to ask you to please join me in a closing prayer.
 
Closing Prayer:
 
Our Heavenly Father,
 
We want to thank You so deeply for the amazing, amazing grace and love that You give to us. Father, if we could open our minds and open our hearts, and open our spiritual eyes, we would be overwhelmed by how much You love us, by how much You give to us, by how much You are showering Your grace and truth upon us; and how much You are even praying for us that we can fulfill our responsibilities. That we can become the true sons and daughters that You made and hope for us to be. But You also know how difficult it is to accomplish in our world today.
 
Heavenly Father, we want to thank You so deeply. We have started a new year, a new decade. This past decade just flew by. This past year feels as if it just began a few days ago; and here we are already in a new decade, in a new year.
Heavenly Father, we want to stand before You most humble, and most sincere, and most grateful. We do not want to feel guilty. We do not want to be burdened by guilt and You do not want us to be burdened by guilt. You want us to repent and change directions and start anew. You want us to forget the past and look forward to the future with hope and encouragement. You want us to make our resolutions and fulfill them, and to truly become the sons and daughters that can bring You hope and joy, who can help build Your kingdom on this earth. How blessed we are to live at this time in human history. Please forgive us that we don’t really understand it.
 
How we envy the disciples of Jesus who were with him, and yet how much more people will envy us and the time that we are living in! How people will look back hundreds and thousands of years from now, and wish that they had been us!
 
Help us to know who we are. Help us to know that we truly are Your sons and daughters, and that You are our Parent, and that You love us more than we could ever imagine; and that You are always there urging us, supporting us, helping us; shedding tears of sorrow when we have to struggle.
 
Heavenly Father, we want to become like our True Parents, like Jesus who loved You, we want to be able to inherit Your heart, not out of duty, not out of obligation, but out of ownership. We want to be with You. We want to be like You. Again, we thank You so deeply for the amazing grace that You give to us. Please help us to receive that, and to give it out to others this year. Help us to have the courage and strength and faith and confidence to share with others. But help us also to really love this country of Korea. Help us to love whatever country we are living in, to see it from Your eyes, to love it from Your heart, and to love Your sons and daughters who live in that country. And help us to truly become Your ambassadors of love, Your sons and daughters, so that when people see us they will think, “There goes the son or daughter of God. There goes someone who walks with God.” Help us to become those people.
 
Father, we thank You again for Your blessings, and we ask that You be with each person here, empowering them, guiding them, protecting them, showering them with Your grace, love and guidance in this year of 2010; so that at the end of this year, we will look back with great pride and great joy in the offering that we could give to You. And we thank You, and I most humbly wish to offer this, together with my brothers and sisters from around the world; we pray. Aju.


Rev. Hyung Jin Moon’s Interesting Story

January 19, 2010

We always start in a something a little interesting.

 One day St. Peter saw a street gang, a group of gangsters coming towards the Pearly Gates. And St Peter said, “Oh my God. I have to go and report to God.”

 He ran and said, “God, we have a big problem! There’s a whole bunch of gangsters coming towards the Pearly Gates. What should I do?” And God replied, “Just do what you normally do with that type. Just re-direct them to the other world.” And St. Peter went back to carry out the problem, so he want back to the Pearly Gates.

But he suddenly came back running and yelling, “God they’re gone! They’re gone! And God said, “And so that’s good news. So they’re gone, so that’s good!”
St Peter said, “No, no. The Pearly Gates are gone!” (Laughter)

Sermon: Miracles of Faith / August 15,2009


Rev. Hyung Jin Moon’s Prayer

January 19, 2010

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for these brothers and sisters. This is our family. Today we have brothers and sisters from Hong Kong. I pray that they may live with Your anointment, that they can live with Your spirit. Father we have brothers and sisters from New York, from Africa, from Taiwan, from Singapore, from the Philippines. Father, this is our amazing Unification Family. Your true love has brought together this diverse group so that we may come together in Your amazing love. 

Father, we know that You have portrayed and given us the most amazing kind of love that we could have known, Father, a love that can transcend death, go over the grave, a love that can be victorious over sorrow, over tears, Father, that can change our tears into tears of joy. Father, You gave us a new life, a new birth,  resurrection. Father You have shown us that the power of Your true love is greater than any other force in the world. No torture, no prison, no hell can stop the power of Your love, of Your amazing grace, of Your unending true love.
 
Father we want to touch the center of the universe, the center of the cosmos which we know is Your heart, pulsing with true love. We know that True Parents have come before us. They have been physically tortured. They have gone to the prisons, to the death camp for us and Father they have gone in the spirit to take our place so that we would not have to suffer in the lower realm, so that we would be freed, so we would come directly come to the eighth stage, Father, that we may walk hand in hand with them into these incredible gates Father, the gates that You open for Your children. 

Father, we pray that You can be with our brothers and sisters today, Father we pray that You may come down and descend upon them, that we may have a rebirth experience, that we may resurrect in this sanctuary, Father. We pray that we can have new life in this sanctuary today, Father. All the hope and the life that we have been dreaming away (lost) in our lives, we pray that they may be resurrected, Father, in Your incredible glory. Father, we pray that we may understand that it is not about US, let us understand that it is about YOUR glory, Your victory Father. Let us offer ourselves so that You move us in an almighty way, an almighty way Father, that You will bring us into the next level in our lives, the next level in our family. Father,  we pray that we may see that because of a certain problem in our lives that is always stealing our hopes, we are getting stronger, we are getting more victorious and  be healed inside and made whole in the bosom of the Lord. Thank You so much! 

We want to pray to You today as an offering. We want to sacrifice our hearts just like True Parents did in the Seven Deaths and Resurrections. We want to offer this as an altar call offering to You, Father, as Your children coming together in love and in unity, in devotion, in gratitude and in hope Father. We want to leave this up to You and we want to give You strength, we want to give You more joy today. 

Thank You so much for blessing the Unification Church, Father. Thank You so much for anointing the Unification movement, anointing the footsteps of all the members in the world. We pray that wherever they may be, their feet and their footsteps can be anointed, that their lives may shine, that they may show the light of God into this land of darkness. Please Father, we pray that we may be able to offer this today, we pray that You may receive this heart today, Father. We thank You so much, we feel Your presence today as we lift our hands and close our eyes. As we touch Your face, we know You are reaching down to our hearts and resurrecting the dreams that have been stolen by the enemy. We know that You are reaching to our hearts and resurrecting the potential that we gave up, the projects that we gave up. We pray that we may now resurrect those dreams and those desires and that they may be used for Your glory Father. Thank You so much. 

We pray that our brothers and sisters may return to Hong Kong, to Singapore, to Malaysia, to the U.S., all over the world and that Your light, the new dawning of true love, can touch this world in a magnificent and mighty way. We pray that we may be able to move and shake this world with the power of the Principle and the power of  the true love that is behind the Seven Deaths and Resurrections, Father! Thank You so much. Please, Father be with these brothers and sisters today and we want to offer all these things because united we stand and divided we fall. We thank You so much and offer all this to You in Your glory and for Your victory. In the name of True Parents we pray and in the name of central blessed families we pray. Aju!

Sermon: Miracles of Faith / August 15,2009


Heaven’s Heart Cheon Bok Gung

January 15, 2010

January 9, 2010, HQ Church, Seoul Korea

So, on the day before the opening ceremony, on Saturday the 20th, the temple will be open, all day.  The reason it will be open all day is because we want to prepare our hearts before attending True Parents on Sunday. On Saturday, all the members will come at convenient times during the day and offer at least 21 bows before True Parents, as a symbolic offering of attendance for the next day, okay? We encourage all of you to make a list on your calendar, set a time for yourself and come to the temple, see the facility, but with the right heart. We want to enter in with the correct heart, right? So, it will be open all day for brothers and sisters to come in and sit and meditate and pray and prepare ourselves for Sunday when True Parents will come.

Welcoming Remarks:

Yeon-ah nim:

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters. It is great to see you all. It is always our honor to have you here in this sanctuary with us. We sincerely hope and pray in the beginning of 2010 that your days and your life will be filled with Heavenly Father’s and True Parents’ blessing and true love. Aju!

Hyung-jin nim:

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters. Let’s start by manifesting the Principle: Give and receive action, four position foundation, may I inherit the true love of God. Aju!

Today we are going to read from Cheon Seong Gyeong 688-9. Father says, “True Parents are the true parents whom all humankind must seek. Their existence makes it possible for true goodness to be established in history. So what kind of people are they? They are the foothold enabling you to move to God. They stand as an altar that bridges the gap between God and humanity. They are like the bridge by which we cross over the world of death. They are the position where you can be with God, the focal point enabling you to bond together with God as parent and child and become one body with Him.” Aju!

Brothers and sisters! Oh, my goodness! It’s an exciting 2010, because we have so many things going on this year, and particularly in the beginning of this year. Believe it or not, we  have only five more services in this sanctuary before we move to the Temple. Let’s give it up for this sanctuary one time! (Applause) Just five more! We are going in; we don’t want to go in without having prepared.

Today we want to share with you a general outline of what we will be doing for the next couple of weeks. We will really go into the Temple honoring and glorifying the very people that we just heard about, our True Parents.

Main  Sermon:

Brothers and sisters, we now have just five more services before we actually enter into the growth stage World Temple. There have been so many preparations, as you all know. This is a temple that the whole world-wide membership has contributed to, so really it is not Korea’s temple, nor is it headquarter’s church congregation’s temple. It really is the blood, sweat and tears of all our brothers and sisters around the world.

Of course, the most victory was made in Japan. Korea made history-breaking results last year. For the first time in history the Korean church was self-sufficient, so it received no funds from Japan. It’s the first time for the Korean church. Let’s give it up for the Korean church! (Applause) Big accomplishment, very big!

Last week we had Kim Shil-jang nim here at the headquarter. He is the head of the planning department at the headquarters . He gave a detailed presentation on exactly where we stand as the Unification Movement. Since the 1970s we’ve been declining as a church, not only here in Korea, but also in other parts of the world. In Korea, for example, we were at 16,000 members in 1970. That was incredible, because you have to remember that in the 1970s there were no big mega churches as we see today. So that kind of congregation following True Father around was absolutely incredible at the time.

But we see a steady decline. We see that during the initial early days those incredible histories  were made. So many miraculous things and spiritual phenomena were happening – people getting revelations, seeing visions of True Parents even before they met them. We see incredible witnessing testimonies and stories where people find True Parents and understand that they are the returning Christ. The person who was going to be the next president of Ehwa University joined our movement. The minister who was present at Ehwa University – which is a Christian evangelical school – also converted, became a follower of True Parents.

So, we had these incredible, incredible histories that were being made at that time, the spiritual phenomena, and people were finding the truth, learning the Divine Principle and discovering that the Lord had returned. We had incredible things happening. There were Dong Ins, kind of ascetics, religious leaders, that are in the mountains.  Some of these leaders brought their entire group to come in and to follow and serve True Parents.

But then, what did we see happen over time? We saw that initial kind of incredible history being made, and incredible phenomena happen, but over time we saw that those kinds of people ended up leaving the movement. And so we look at this with a great sense of sorrow  because we really were here to transform the world. We were here to truly make the Kingdom of Heaven. That was what the Messiah was here to do. And we came with that kind of intensity and that kind of incredible hope and expectation.

But as time went on and we saw the slow declining of our church, then all of us at some point in our life found a sense of sorrow in seeing that kind of trend. But you see, when we look at that actual history, when we see what happened in the course of those early years, and why we were not able to keep such individuals or groups in our movement, the real problem is not the content. It is not the content of our Principle or our theology.

Our theology is extremely powerful and continues to be to this day. If you compare Christian theology, if you compare what Christians must believe as Christians in the modern day with our theology, we have a much more rational and powerful theology, and an explanation of history which includes the modern world. So we have an incredible theology.

But the weakness of our movement was not our content or our theology. The weakness of our movement was our organization. It was our organizational management that was the weak part of our movement. We had people, actual Christian pastors who came with their devotees, who declared and found True Parents to be the coming Christ, who wanted to come and follow and become Unificationists, but we were not able to digest those organizations with our capacity as a movement.

And that is because, when we look at the Unification Movement, it was not ONE movement, one organization that was going with a common goal. It was many smaller organizations inside the movement that were going many times in different directions.  So there was not a consistency. There was not cohesiveness of the organization. We see that even when people wanted to come in, the management was not helping; the level of care was low, etc… all of these kinds of things.  We understood that this was a major problem and a major weakness for our movement. And so we started addressing these issues.

Kook-jin hyung, of course, brought incredible results. I don’t know if you heard. Last week I shared with the Korean congregation that now, in Yonsei University, which is really the Columbia University of Korea, in the MBA program – there are two blessed children who are currently in that program who told this to us – in the study of business management the Yonsei University professors are teaching about the Tong Il group as a turn-around company in 2009 and the incredible results that they made. Now, even at Yonsei University, we are receiving the proper due respect that the Unification Church deserves. Let’s give it up for Tong Il Group! (Applause) Incredible!

These kinds of things are happening. In Yonsei the blessed children who are studying very hard  were  – I think – dozing a little bit during class, but then they heard “Tong Il Group”, they woke up, and then they heard  “Moon Kook-jin chedan sajang”. (title) “Ooh, my goodness! I think I saw that man somewhere!” And they were so excited, so happy, so proud!

You see, we are actually making an impact in society; we are actually making results that create an impact in society. We are starting to get that kind of recognition because we are really moving towards creating a result-oriented organization in whatever we do.

So, in that trend, we see that in 2009 we had incredible victories. We talked about this last week. I was not with you on Saturday last week but we talked about this very strongly in the Korean services, that we were victorious in 2009. We did things that nobody thought were possible. We turned around the media in 2009. Kook-jin hyung and In-sup nim as part of the business group  were able to bring back that business group into success even in that economic downturn.

We were able, in the Korean church, to be victorious in Cheon Bok Gung. The Cheon Bok Gung donation, the fundraising; all the members were participating in that. Nobody thought that was possible. We were able to actually prepare the temple. That seemed impossible, too. Two years ago, when we talked about 21,000 member temple, everybody rolled their eyes saying, “What! Talk about a 21,000 member temple? We can’t even gather together fifty, let alone a 21,000 members in a temple!” I remember that. I felt that so viscerally in the congregation.

But now, in the Korea congregation especially, we’re having people on the street every day. We have groups and teams that are out there declaring the name of True Parents. No longer are we hiding our Unificationist identity, we are coming out and really expressing ourselves, sharing what it is we believe and standing up for what we believe.

So, this year we had incredible witnessing happening for the first time in 30 years. Again, the church grew after 30 years (for the first time).  Also the church became sustainable; it did not have to rely on Japan this year. Incredible things that actually everybody thought were impossible to do! But the Unification Movement did it this year! We did it here in Korea! And that’s why we want to remember that in 2009 we were victorious.

See brothers and sisters, now we enter 2010, and now we have an incredible, incredible opportunity right now, because we stand at the time right now where we are actually entering into the new temple. That’s not only a facility. It symbolizes and represents that the Unification Church is not dead and will not die or perish but we are growing and we are becoming more prominent and we are standing up for what it is we believe. Let’s give it up for UC! (Applause) It represents our pride and our faith as a tradition, and if you really think about it, True Parents have given us this incredible blessing to be able to construct this temple. They have not allowed that for the last 30 years. But they have allowed us to invest in a temple, a temple that is created by the members, that is offered to True Parents as a gift of our filial piety, as a gift of our devotion.

But at the same time it’s an open temple, in the sense that we invite people there; people are reborn there. People will come to realize True Parents’ love and True Parents’ life, will understand how we’ve been saved through that grace, will understand the seven deaths and resurrections, etc. This is a place where new lives and new histories will be made, and this is why it is so exciting that we are moving into this temple.

So many people have prepared for this temple to open. You know we have countless brothers and sisters in Japan and also in Korea who have really stepped up and helped in creating the actual temple, helped in actually putting down the stones, so-to-speak, with their own devotion, with their own mind and heart and sincerity.

We have also a committee that has prepared for the temple building, and that is the Cheon Bok Gung Temple preparation committee, the committee that organizes and also manages the fundraising activities for the temple transparently so that all the financial elements can be professionally seen and transparently managed.

The head of that, of course, is Kook-jin hyung, who has that kind of professional background. He was in Japan this week, and I gave him a call. I said, “Kook-jin hyung, I really need you to address the congregation. We’re moving in just five weeks. We don’t have so much time.”

So this is a video that he sent to us from Japan while he was there working with the Japanese church. Let’s see this video.

Kook-jin nim’s address:

Good afternoon, everybody. I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. We had a very successful year 2009. Actually it was a very difficult year. There were a lot of difficulties in the Unification Church. We did a lot of difficult things to get over these. In Japan the government was really scrutinizing our church. They came and visited the church many times. They brought the legal status of the church in Japan into question, “Is this really a church?” We had to solve this problem. I worried a lot and I asked Father to help me solving these problems.

Also, Father asked me to solve the problem of the kidnapping of members in Japan, and in 2009 we made a lot of progress on this. So, the Japanese church is much more stable now with Father’s help. I want to really thank True Parents for helping with this.

In 2009, we re-organized the church and the foundation in Korea. This was difficult for the members and for the ministers. It was difficult but now that we’ve done that, and we look at the church we can see that it is better than it used to be. There are new people coming, more people giving their tithes. We have a stronger financial base now. So, now we have a much healthier church than we had a year ago. And even with those difficulties, during this difficult time, we managed to raise the money for Cheon Bok Gung at the same time, and we are now getting ready to move into Cheon Bok Gung. This is an amazing achievement!

If we look at the church one year ago, and now we look at the church preparing to move into Cheon Bok Gung, we can see a big change in one year. I really want to thank all the members all around the world who worked so hard to make this move into the Cheon Bok Gung a reality. Of course our faithful members in Japan have been a big part of this victory. They have made big donations for Cheon Bok Gung. And our Korean members, too, have really sacrificed themselves to make donations for Cheon Bok Gung.

As I worked with the members on the Cheon Bok Gung committee, I came to know more and more about our members’ heart and their devotion. I met a lot of you during the process of discussing how to build and how to use the CBG. While I talked to you I could recognize the depth of sacrifice and devotion, how our members have sacrificed to make donations for CBG even though their lives are very difficult. Members are living a life of devotion for the sake of Father’s direction and for the sake of the victory of the Unification Church. I was very moved and grateful when I saw this.

We have to be grateful to all the members around Korea, from Japan and from all around the world who have given donations for CBG. Now, as we get ready to enter CBG, we need to remember all these brothers and sisters who have made sacrifice and made devotion to make this possible. We have to feel this from the bottom of our heart.  They have made great sacrifices. We are the ones here receiving the benefit.

Now it is the time for the members of the Headquarters church to take a lot of responsibility. CBG is not a church just for the HQ members. This is the HQ of the Unification Church for the whole world, so when we work for the victory of this HQ church, it is not only our victory that we are working for, but the victory of the worldwide Unification Church.  If we cannot bring victory to match our goals and expectations, if we cannot match the goals and expectations of all the members around the world, that will be a failure, so we have to take our responsibility very seriously.

Why have all these members given such big donations? What is their reason? Our members all around the world believe that God and True Parents have called them to work for a larger dream, a larger purpose, a larger goal. That dream is not just so that the members at HQ church, just the members in Korea, could have a nicer place to worship or do their work. The dream is bigger than that. These offerings are to support the realization of Cheon Il Guk, the establishment of Cheon Il Guk, the beginning of the substantialization of Cheon Il Guk.

From now on, we need to work quickly. We need to invest all our energy reaching the goal of 21,000 members at HQ. In order to do that, there is a lot of work for us to do.  While we prepare to move into CBG, we need to remember the sacrifices of our brothers and sisters here in Korea and all around the world, and we need to work in such a way, that we can live up to the pain, the expectations and the hope that our brothers and sisters have invested.  That’s the heart that we must take with us when we move to our new HQ.

We have a wonderful new place to worship, a wonderful new HQ. We need to have a heart of gratitude and we need to focus on God’s will, and True Parents’ will in accomplishing what God and True Parents have asked us to do. We have to reach out to all the people in Korea, teach them about True Parents, teach them what True Parents have taught to us about true love. We need to teach them about true love as we have learned it from True Parents. And that way we can give all our efforts to return great joy to God by making Korea the nation that can attend True Parents and the nation that can embody Cheon Il Guk.

Let’s make our effort to bring this into reality. Thank you.

Hyung-jin nim

Let’s give it up for Kook-jin nim!

Brothers and sisters, today I need to go through with you a general outline of the next couple of weeks. Father has asked for a couple of different changes in the schedule. We want to update you on all those kinds of things, so today we will be a little more in the practical realm. We are going to pull out the digital calendar, that’s the Cheon Il Guk calendar. So, brothers and sisters, for the next couple of weeks we will have services at the same time. But really these are preparatory services because we’re only here for five more services. After this service there are only four more services. We’re preparing with our hearts and minds, really like a jeongseong, a devotional practice. For the next weeks we’re preparing to enter into the temple.

Next week we’ll be hearing from all our leaders here at the Cheon Bok Gung. Last week we heard from Kim Shil-jang nim, who is our manager, our planning director manager, up in the headquarters. He gave a report about the Korean church’s nationwide situation, how the Korean church members made historical results last year. That was shared last week. Next week we’ll be listening to Lee Dong Han. He is the head of the ministry teams here at Cheon Bok Gung, so he will be head of our ministry department. Reverend Lee Dong Han will be giving the pastoral plan and goals for Cheon Bok Gung 2010, what the ministerial teams will focus on when we enter into the temple. This will help in understanding what kind of ministry will be alive in Cheon Bok Gung.

The week following that, on the 23rd, we will have Mrs. Erikawa Yasue. She is the head of our Women’s Evangelical Ministry Department. As you know, she’s an incredible women of faith. She has incredible courage and she has a samurai spirit. She’s like a spiritual samurai, she’s incredible! She has really revamped and helped us organize the women’s ministry here. For thirty years in the Korean Church we did not have members declaring True Parents as Lord and Saviour, going out on the streets, as we did it in the early days.

With Mrs. Erikawa’s leadership, a lot of sisters have stepped up, even young people have stepped up, going out on witnessing teams, going out on the streets, handing out flyers for the bestseller book, but also explaining what the Unification movement stands for, etc. We’ve been doing that kind of street witnessing, we’ve been with them, participating with them on the streets. It really is exciting – it’s exciting and liberating to be able to go around and actually declare your faith. Sometimes you get people angry. Some evangelical Christians got angry at me, “Get out of here!”, but I said, “I still love you guys, we love you.” We explained why Jesus and True Parent’s course are reflected (similar). It’s the same, how Jesus received persecution, how True Parents as the returning Messiah receives persecution. So, Mrs. Erikawa will be sharing with all of you the goals and plans of the Women’s Evangelical Ministry Team, what they have done in 2009, and what they will do in setting their goals for 2010. That will be on the 23rd.

The 30th, which is Saturday the following week, we’ll be hearing from Mr. Sang Yi Lee. He is the head of our Administrative Support Department. This is the management of the organization, how the organization is actually run. We need all of you to understand how this organization is run, what departments there are and how it is that we are inviting people. We are owners here, we are people who have faith and who are practicing our faith. We’re not coming here just to worship, we’re also coming here to save lives, to bring people to the church. So, you need to know how those processes will actually happen, how that will be managed. Mr. Sang Yi  Lee will be sharing with us the goals and plans for 2010 that week. That will leave us then with just one more service.

The next couple of services, we really encourage all members to come and listen to the leaders. It’s good for all of us to understand what caliber of leaders are here in the church in the Cheon Bok Gung Temple. These leaders have extensive experience in the business world, in the professional world, operating and working in organizations in a competitive market place. These people are not like the leaders of the past, who may not have had that kind of experience. The people you will be meeting will have had extensive experience and results during the course of their careers and in their given departments. They’re very, very professional. We will be hearing from those leaders.

And now, the last service that we will be holding here, the last real service for both the congregations in English and in Korean will be on February 6th and February 7th. That will really be the last formal service that we will be holding in this foundation stage temple. In this service, we’re going to do something really exciting, because it’s really like the Exodus! We’re moving into Canaan. We’re hearing the train to Jordan and we’re getting onboard the train and we’re moving, we’re moving. We’re going towards Canaan, going towards the temple.

So, we will have the service on the 6th and 7th, and then after service, we will have groups that will gather with appointed ministers after each service. That will be not only the international service but also the Korean service – 1st service, 2nd service, all the way to the 5th service. After service, the groups will congregate just downstairs and we will physically walk to the temple. We are actually going to march physically to the temple in the exodus. That’s going to be fun – very, very fun, so bring your sneakers and bring your UC signs, and we’re going to hold them up with pride as we move to the temple. So, we’re actually going to walk.  It’s 3.4 kilometres, just to let you know, about one hour and a half. We had the young people from the ministry team participating in that. They took about an hour and 20 minutes, so we’ll take it slow, but we’re actually going to walk, we’re actually going to make the march towards the temple in Yong San. That will be about one hour and 20 minutes. We’re preparing for that, so bring your sneakers on that day, okay?

Then, once we’re there we will also have Hoonsa Nims there. We will be leading the services here so we can’t go with you all, but we will walk there after the 5th service on Sunday, February 7th. After the 5th service we will walk, me and my wife will walk with a couple of other people, to the temple, after all the services are done. When you arrive there with your groups, we will have the Hoonsa Nims there, who are retired ministers who are now practising a life of complete devotion. They’re living almost like a monastic type of life, training with me every day from 2:30 in the morning. Our day begins at 2:30 in the morning, every single day. We don’t get any sleep. We have to do it every day. This is the spiritual practice. The Hoonsa Nims will be there awaiting you and we will have a small prayer service and some other ceremonies and such things prepared. So, that will be on the 7th.

On Saturday, February 13th, that will be the day before God’s Day. As you know, from this year Father has designated God’s Day as the lunar new year, which is February 14th. This is big news for us, because now the UC will be using the lunar calendar. Father has explained that up until now, it has been the Cain world centered on the solar calendar, but now the Abel realm is using the lunar calendar, and it is through that Abel realm that a new history is going to be made. Father has ordered us to change the calendar, so we will be making calendars with lunar numbers. Of course, because we all have to live practically in the world, there’ll also be solar dates. On each of the days, we’ll have the solar date in a smaller place, but as a movement we’ll be heartistically centering on the Abel realm of the lunar year, okay?

So, this year, February 14th is God’s Day, the lunar God’s Day. We’ll be serving True Parents that day, attending them. All our teams, all our members will be going up to Cheong Pyeong that day and we’ll be attending them in the God’s Day celebration – Lunar New Year God’s Day.

And then on the 17th, as you all know, just three days after God’s Day Lunar New Year Celebration, we will have the 14,300 blessed couples Universal Blessing Ceremony. Let’s give it up for those 14,300 new members! I have to make this clear to the congregation: We are going to do this honestly for True Parents. You’re going to ask why I am using the word ‘honestly’. Because in the past, when we did large blessing ceremonies, when Father gave a goal for a large blessing ceremony, many times we had a situation where the same members received the blessing and just wore the wedding gown and participated in it again. But this time, we will not be doing that. Only the people who are new members, who are really receiving the blessing in a new way will be participating in the ceremony. There will be other people, spectators that can come watch and participate by watching, but they will not participate in the actual wedding ceremony. The wedding ceremony will only be for new members who have succeeded in all the different requirements to receive the blessing.

True Parents have given us the goal of 14,300. Our Korean church is really, fighting, fighting, fighting for this! Every day, we are trying to bless people and get people prepared, but we’re not going to reduce the value of True Parents. In the past, as you know, in order to fill these big number blessings, we reduced the quality of the requirements. Then, problems were made in UC. We had men that were not members, and they were not prepared. They were matched to sisters from other countries who were completely faithful. Then we had situations that have occurred with intercultural, domestic violence, or not such good things that happened like this. That’s because we degraded the value of the blessing. We forgot the value of True Parents, and we just tried to fill the numbers. This is not what we’re going to do this time. We’re going to continue to keep the requirements high. That is, not just anybody off the street can just sign up to get matched to a Unificationist. Not that kind of program, which in the past created many problems. This time, only the people who fit the requirements will be able to participate. It is our goal to make 14,300, as Father has ordered.

So, our Korean Church is working very hard to fulfill these things. It’s a very big, big challenge (laughs) as you may understand.  It is an extremely stressful time for us right now. We’re working very hard on that level.  Anybody in our western congregation, if you know contacts, please work with the Korean members, who are working so hard to try to really honestly do this before True Parents, okay?

That (blessing event) is Wednesday the 17th, at the Kintex. At the Kintex, approximately 10,000 – 14,000 people will be able to fit into two halls, but, as I said earlier, only the people who fit the requirements and who are new members or returning members will be able to participate in the blessing ceremony. So we will report honestly to True Parents how many people actually receive the blessing. And if we get in trouble, we get in trouble. That’s my view, okay?  It’s better to be honest and get into trouble than to fudge the numbers and create bigger problems for our community. That’s at least my view, okay? (Applause)

After that, on Friday, the 19th of February, there will be True Parents’ birthday celebration, and the coronation ceremony for God’s Kingship will be held on the same day.

Sunday, February 21st is the real date for us here, for the opening ceremony. It’s the commemorative offering ceremony of the Cheon Bok Gung Temple to True Parents. When we share this with True Parents, we don’t say, “Me, myself, and Kook Jin nim have organized this great victory to make this temple for you, True Parents.” That’s not how we describe it. We describe it, “True Parents, the worldwide membership as one family centered on your love and your life and your lineage, the worldwide family has come to offer this temple to True Parents and to declare True Parents, to share that they are the returning Christ and to make people be reborn in this place.” Okay? So, that is the date, the 21st. That was confirmed just today with True Parents. I confirmed it via phone. The 21st is Sunday and that will be the opening offering ceremony of the Cheon Bok Gung Temple.

Father gave us a very special name here. He gave us the name Cheon Shim Tongil Kyo Hae. Cheong Shim Tongil Kyo Hae is the ‘Unification Church that has the Heart of Heaven’. What an incredible name for explaining what Cheon Bok Gung is! Let’s give it up for Cheon Shim, Heaven’s Heart! That’s an incredible, incredible name! (Applause)

Okay, but now for us it is really important with what kind of attitude we enter into the temple. We don’t want to enter with arrogant thinking, “Yeah, we got this big temple. You know, everyone in the world is now going to be envious of this temple. You know, look at this!” We don’t want to go in with that attitude. We really want to go in with the attitude that we as a Unification movement have sacrificed tremendously to build this for True Parents and their victory. We’re going in there, not feeling entitled, like, “This is what I always deserved.” Not that kind of attitude. We’re going in with the attitude to really declare before the nations, before the world, who the returning Christ is.

The ceremony will be on that day, Sunday the 21st,  but on the 20th, the church will actually be open all day. The Cheong Bok Gung will be open all day. The reason is this: On the 21st, the opening ceremony, there are people coming from all over the world.  Not everybody will be able to come into the temple because there’s a limited capacity in the sanctuary. We have VIPs and members coming from all over the world. We have 500, for example, coming from Japan, so we have huge numbers of people coming here from around the world on that day. All the members in the congregation who worship here every week, about 2,500 people, are definitely not going to be able to fit that building at that exact time that True Parents are there. So, a lot of people will not be able to pack into the sanctuary. We have to always be safe while we’re in the sanctuary, following the emergency codes and all the legal codes, okay?

So, on the day before the opening ceremony, on Saturday the 20th, the temple will be open, all day.  The reason it will be open all day is because we want to prepare our hearts before attending True Parents on Sunday. On Saturday, all the members will come at convenient times during the day and offer at least 21 bows before True Parents, as a symbolic offering of attendance for the next day, okay? We encourage all of you to make a list on your calendar, set a time for yourself and come to the temple, see the facility, but with the right heart. We want to enter in with the correct heart, right? So, it will be open all day for brothers and sisters to come in and sit and meditate and pray and prepare ourselves for Sunday when True Parents will come.

After Sunday, the day when True Parents come and we have this ceremony, the following three days, from the 22nd to the 24th, we will be having all day vigils, all night vigils.  We’re not going in there as a business; this is not a hotel, this is a religious temple, so we need to go in there with spiritual practice, and this is the attitude that we’re going in with. After the opening ceremony, from Monday to Wednesday, the church will be open all day, all night. We will have relay teams all day, all night, a three-day vigil, symbolizing the foundation, growth, and perfection level victories that we are now moving towards. So, all day, all night. We definitely encourage brothers and sisters who are members of the Headquarters Church, to come during that time. Pay devotion, offering your heart and prayer and meditation, and we’ll do vigils together,okay? We’ll be all centered on prayer. We want to offer that kind of devotion.

That will be for three days following Sunday, and then finally after all that Cheong Sung and after attending True Parents and ceremonies, etc., on Saturday the 27th, we will hold the first formal service in the growth stage temple. That is the international service. Let’s give it up for the first service on the 27th! (Applause) Okay so what date was that? The 27th, that is the first service in Cheon Bok Gung. That will be done in English. On the following day, the 28th, we’ll be holding three services. That will be our first Korean service in the temple. And then the real mission will begin.

From that point on we’ve moved into the Cheon Bok Gung Temple, and that’s where the real fun begins. That’s where the real mission begins. That’s where the real excitement begins, okay? It comes from our faith, it comes with sharing our faith, and there are so many people in that area who are ready, who are waiting for us to come. I’ve met them on the street while I was street witnessing. I’ve met the people who live in those apartments who say, “Hey, when you come in, we’re going to stop by and visit you.” There are so many people who are prepared. That is where we actually begin the journey. We begin the journey towards the 21,000 Temple victory, and I want to send a huge round of victorious applause towards that goal, the 21,000 Temple victory! Let’s give it up for the Cheon Bok Gung; let’s be victorious this time!

So, brothers and sisters, we want you to remember this has never been done in the history of our church, never. Never has it even been contemplated that we could be at this kind of professional level of religious organization. Really, this is a level where all the big religions are playing at, really at the professional level. At this temple we are really focusing on the organizational management. Of course, I focus and my ministry teams focus strongly on only spiritual practice, but also other parts of our team members have extensive experience of organization management. They help us in keeping the church organized, helping it, as it grows, to manage members. We are creating new systems, new ways in which to do that. Of course, it’s not easy to do because the church has never done it before. There is always a learning process, okay?

So, there we’ll actually be beginning. And you understand that in the early days – when we had incredible histories based on our theology, when people understood who True Parents were – people were excited! New members were coming into the church. They were so excited to meet the returning Christ. We had, as I mentioned, Christian ministers bring their congregations. Dong Ins, these religious, wandering teachers would bring their students to True Parents. This kind of thing is happening again, but this time our organization is getting stronger and we’re becoming more adept at managing larger groups of people and helping them raise up in their faith. Although it’s not perfect, we’re getting better at it. We will have the capacity when these histories begin, and they are happening again. We will have the capacity to be able to allow them to participate, to be, in our community of faith, to continue to work and strive for the building of Cheon Il Guk.

This is the real excitement of the Cheon Bok Gung Temple. It really is a new level up in the way we conceive ourselves as UC, but it’s not the end, it’s only the growth. We are really moving on a new stage in a new era where we’re opening up this temple, where we’re all entering into it and we’re all going in there with the right attitude. We’re going in there to really bring glory to True Parents as they are here on Earth, not just for personal needs. We have personal needs, but in the end, as we go to spiritual world, the criteria by which we’re judged is by how much did we glorify True Parents. How much did our life bring others to come to the returning Lord? This is what really  is happening at the Cheon Bok Gung. This is what is happening again in our Korean Church, so it’s extremely exciting!

Brothers and sisters, I hope you all had your calendars out. We are really moving as one body, mind and spirit towards a reachable goal that we can accomplish for True Parents; and further, after this, to really get to the 210,000 Temple! When we do that, the Unification Church will be the world’s largest single religious organization in one area managing an actual live congregation; it will be the largest temple in the world. When we are able to reach that level of success and truth, we will be able to shine out to the whole world. People will be curious as to why it is that UC has become this successful and they will look at our teaching, they will look at True Parents’ life course and they will be compelled and moved and transformed and reborn in the great love that True Parents have portrayed before all of history. Let’s give it up for God and True Parents!

Hyung-jin nim’s Prayer:

Heavenly Father, our most beloved True Parents! We thank you so much because you have given us this incredible opportunity. For so many years we have followed the path of serving True Parents and many times our faith has wavered and become weak. But we want to remember the early days when we found excitement in discovering the anointed on, the one who had come to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ, that kind of incredible joy and expectation to change the world. We believe it is that kind of spirit that is again reviving our Korean church.

Father, we pray that our brothers and sisters who are also walking with us in the international group may feel that kind of spirit that is present now; that is alive again in the Korean congregation. We pray that we may be able to go into Cheon Bok Gung, as we have only four weeks now; we pray that we may go in there with the right attitude, the attitude of gratitude that will save and liberate all things.

We know that it is not on our own doing and ability or our own efforts that we have created such a thing but because of all the great devotion of all the saints and sages, the members and the brothers and sisters and the heroes of the Unification faith around the world who have come forward and provided this victory.

Father, we pray that we can go in there, not entitled, but that we can go in there with humility, with mission, with a purpose, with faith that can declare to the world what we believe, standing up for our human rights, standing up for our faith as our religious freedom (right) and knowing that nobody can strip our faith away from us. Father, we pray that we can go in with that kind of courageous heart. We pray that you may imbue every single person here to go in with that courage, to go in standing up for the greatest purpose in our life.

We pray that as we enter the temple with this heart that we know that we will see the glory and victory of heaven, the incredible miracles that will happen before our eyes that already we are witnessing in our Korean church, people being healed, new members being anointed into the church, new people that we thought we could never witness are coming in and becoming our brothers and sisters. We are seeing history being made.

We also pray that the international congregation may have that kind of ownership and heart that can truly serve True Parents, glorify them and declare to the world the pride and the beauty of our faith.

We pray that we can truly offer this day to You, for we are planning and preparing in our hearts, in the spiritual atmosphere of devotion, to enter into the temple. We thank You for all the direction that You have given us through Kook-jin hyung and his words of encouragement. We pray that we may have that kind of responsibility as we enter in. We pray that in the month of February that we, as the Korean movement and as people who are worshipping here in Korea, that we can do our best to truly bring victory on the 17th which is the 14,300 member blessing ceremony.

Father, we want to report HONESTLY to True Parents. We want to be honest with them. Even though we may be chastised and even though we may not have reached the goal that they have given us. We want to be honest with them. We want to keep the standard and preserve their value and the blessing value, so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.

Father, we pray that You may bless that day and bless each day that is leading up to that day. We have brothers and sisters on the streets right now, meeting people, discussing about the blessing on the 17th. We pray, that You may bless that and bless every single one involved in the ministry of Your will.

Also, on the 21st we are going to worship together with True Parents, hear their words, in the actual sanctuary. We pray, that as we move towards the temple, as we actually walk on the exodus across Seoul, across the nation’s capital in the fatherland, as we walk and demonstrate our faith, moving towards the land of Canaan and the land of liberation, that You may be with us each step and that that devotion and heart may be there on the 21st when we are able to be with True Parents.

Father, thank You so much for preparing this incredible history and we pray that You anoint and strongly bless the Cheon Buk Gung Temple and all the brothers and sisters that enter through those gates and that we may truly do the impossible, what all people have said is impossible for the Unification Church to do,  but we want to do it again. We want to do the impossible and make it happen before You once again.
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Father, we pray that in the Temple 21,000 members can be victorious there, moving forward to the 210,000 Temple and spreading all over the world Your great love and Your great faith and Your great unconditional hope in humanity.

We thank You so much and we offer this altogether with a preparation heart, with a heart of spiritual devotion and preparation for the next coming weeks. We pray and offer these things to You in our own names as central blessed families, in the name of our great True Parents. Aju!