March 13, 2016 – The love of Jesus in my heart

Fifth Sunday in Lent            March 13,2016        Philippians 3:4b-14 The love of Jesus in my heart  by Isaac (Ryong Jae) Jung ******************************************************** Good morning! I am happy to be here with you today. I would like to begin with some questions. “What are you living for?” “Do you want to live happily?” “What is happiness?” “Is it to earn a lot of money?” “Is your goal to get a high position?” Where is true happiness or joy? We may not be able to find true happiness or joy in worldly things. People who have Jesus in their lives and hearts know their final goal and are able to find happiness or joy. Therefore, we need to live a fruitful and meaningful life pleasing God through Jesus. “In Jesus, I am happy.” In Jesus, there are happiness, joy, and peace that the world cannot give us. Even though we have a lot of things, learn about many things, gain worldly fame, and get high positions in life, it is not true happiness or joy without Jesus. The worldly things pass away within a short time. Do you know the song, “Gangnam Style?” Four years ago, many people enjoyed this Korean Pop song in the United States. “Gangnam Style” means a luxurious lifestyle in the Gangnam district in Seoul the Korean capital. In the car, when I heard this song on the radio and was so shocked because I heard Korean language on the U.S. radio. Whenever I met people, they were always talking about this song. The song’s music video has been viewed over 2.53 billion times on YouTube. But these days, no one mentions this song, showing that all trends, no matter how popular, pass and only the trend of Jesus will remain. However, in order to live a happy life in Jesus, there are preconditions. First, what I should give up? Things we should give up. Today’s passage in Philippians chapter 3 tells us that we need to put down most of the things that we had before believing in Jesus. Captured by self-righteousness, Apostle Paul used to cling to his own things as he had a strong pride on worldly sources before meeting Jesus. However, after meeting Jesus, he put down those things. He was considered faultless because he was a Roman citizen, who had tremendous privilege and received envy from others. Coming from a good background and being loyal to Judaism, he thought that people who believed in Jesus were heretic and took the lead in catching Christians. However, after meeting Jesus, everything changed. According to research of church history, Apostle Paul lived 60 years. He lived in his own self-righteous and self-centered life for 30 years, but confessed that he was satisfied only by Jesus and lived a life for Jesus for the remaining 30 years. He devoted his remaining life to carry out God’s work as he traveled to spread the gospel. He even wrote or influenced 14 out of 27 books of the New Testament. Knowledge of Jesus is not obtained through studying but by the Spirit. We need to experience the love of Jesus and meet him as our lives will be changed. When we meet Jesus and have fellowship, it is not us who live but Jesus who lives in us....

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Week of March 13, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Fran Speers will host coffee hour next Sunday, March 20th. The Sunday Psalms group is adjourned until further notice. Bible study meets at 1:00pm on March 17th , but not on March 24th (Holy Thursday) and resumes on March 31st. Easter Choir: Calling all voices to sing the Easter anthem on Easter Sunday! Holy Week Schedule: Palm Sunday, March 20th, worship at 9:00am at CUMC Maundy Thursday, March 24th, worship at 7:00pm at CUMC Good Friday, March 25th, worship at 7:00pm at BUMC Easter Sunday, March 27th Worship at Scusset Beach at 6:00am Worship here at Cataumet UMC at 9:00am April Circuit Rider Deadline is Tuesday, April 5th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the next newsletter to Pat by, Sunday, April 3rd. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS The Flower Chart and the Coffee Host/Liturgist Chart are  posted in Handy Hall. Please sign up. Bourne Food Pantry. Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed this time of the...

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Week of March 13, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, March 13th:11:00 AM Worship & Church School 3:00 PM Saints & Singers Concert Monday, March 14th: 9:00 AM DCOM 10:30 AM Aptuxcet Garden Club Thursday, March 17th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Sunday, March 20th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Palm Sunday Monday, March 21st: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Saints & Singers Chorus Concert TODAY: Our cantata for this Easter, called “Jesus Changed Everything”, arranged by Mark Brymer, illuminates the message that the sacrifice of Jesus has changed … everything! Join us today at 3:00pm, here at Bourne UMC. THE CHURCH OFFICE will be opening late this Tuesday, March 15th, around 11:00am. HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE: Palm Sunday – March 20th, worship at 11:00am Maundy Thursday – March 24th, worship at 7:00pm at Cataumet UMC Good Friday – March 25th, worship at 7:00pm here at Bourne UMC Easter – March 27th: 6:00am Sunrise Service at Scusset Beach 11:00am service here at Bourne UMC THE PSALMS DISCUSSION GROUP is adjourned until further notice. BIBLE STUDY will meet this Thursday, March 17th. We will skip next Thursday, March 24th, then meet again on the 31st. BACKPACK PROJECT: We are collecting food items for our ongoing backpack project. For more information and a list of food needed, please pick up a flier on your way out to fellowship. APRIL NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Tuesday, April 5th. Please have any articles and information you would like included in the next newsletter, into the church office by 9:00am on that date. Thank you! FALMOUTH CHORALE: On Saturday, March 19th at 4:00pm and Sunday, March 20th at 3:00pm at Falmouth Academy, the Falmouth Chorale will present Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Please see Joan Davis for tickets....

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