Pastor Paul’s monthly article (taken from the January edition of The Chimes)
Pastor’s Reflections
Happy New Year! I pray that God blesses, strengthens, inspires, and guides you this year. As we embark on a new year and transformative journey of faith in the new year, I would like to have your attention to the future of our community with our next sermon series, “Jesus’ Wisdom for Today’s Challenges and Future,” especially a few pressing issues identified by Millennials and Generation Z as the most critical of our time.

In a world often marked by discord and uncertainty, it is our collective responsibility to seek solutions that resonate across generations. The next sermon series aims to address four pivotal concerns, exploring how Jesus’ timeless words and actions can guide us toward meaningful change. As a loving and caring congregation, we can bridge generational gaps and actively contribute to becoming part of the solution.

  1. Divided Country: Our journey begins with exploring today’s reality on generational gaps and Jesus’ teachings on unity and reconciliation. In the face of a divided country, we will reflect on His call to love one another, fostering understanding and compassion that transcends generational gaps over many sensitive issues.
  2. Mental Health: The challenges of mental health affect individuals across all age groups, especially the young generation. In this segment, we will turn to Jesus as the ultimate healer and source of comfort. By understanding the young generation’s experience and Jesus’ compassion and empathy, we seek to create a space within our community that supports those facing mental health struggles and breaks down struggles surrounding these issues.
  3. Diversity and Inclusion: Jesus’ ministry was characterized by radical inclusivity, welcoming individuals from all walks of life. As we explore his teachings on love and acceptance, we will strive to create a church community that mirrors the diverse beauty of God’s creation, fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and included.
  4. Climate Change: Recognizing our role as caretakers of God’s creation, it becomes our responsibility to address the pressing issue of climate change. The younger generation is increasingly expressing concern and anxiety about the impact of climate change on their future, navigating an environment marked by unknowns and uncertainties. We will reflect on how to thoughtfully respond to these delicate concerns and explore strategies to secure a sustainable future for the generations that follow.
I invite each of you to actively participate in this serious, engaging in discussions, prayer, and reflection. Let us embrace the challenges of our time with faith, hope, and the transformative power of Jesus’ teachings. Together, across generations, we can be a beacon of light, working harmoniously to bring about positive transformation. May God’s grace guide us on this profound journey of discovery and renewal.
Peace In Christ,
Rev. Paul H. Lee