Resurrection Story: Found

Did Jesus invent the “Dinner church”?  Jesus himself used the meal table and meal time throughout his ministry.  If we were to watch a day in the life of Jesus, we would mostly see him healing, teaching and eating.  Jesus performed much of his salvific work from a dinner table at homes.
That was the case when Jesus showed up in the midst of the disciples who were huddled together behind the locked doors after Jesus’ death, afraid that the authorities would come after them.  Jesus comes and doesn’t scold them or reprove them or shame them … he simply says, “Peace be with you” and asks, “Have you anything here to eat?”  And he ate with them.
Meals are one of the best ways to be with people and create a sense of belonging, a home.  There is something about sitting down together and eating.  I wonder what it would be like to resurrect our families, neighborhoods, and communities through more regular and intentional meal practices together and be home together?  I wonder how our church can embody God’s presence and create the sense of belonging and be home?  Join us.

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2024 Easter Sermon Series

Resurrection Stories

The Easter Season is a time of celebrating all the ways in which resurrection is possible in our lives. We can be in need of rising out of the depth of imprisonment, addiction, poverty, illness, and oppression – not just physically and literally, but also spiritually. What keeps us locked up inside? What binds us, keeping us from the fullness of who God created us to be? Join us for stories of courage, kindness, strength, and overcoming – Resurrection Stories – about those who have found “resurrection” in their lives. It might just inspire you to unlock your own rising up!

 

April 28, 2024

A Face and a Name
Genesis 32:22-32

 

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May 5, 2024

Threshold Moments – Is There Healing at the End of Life?

Lamentations 3:19-33

 

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May/June Special Sundays

May 12, 2024

Cultivating Contentment
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, Hebrews 13:5-6
Stewardship Program

 

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May 19, 2024

Pentecost Sunday – A Merger Celebration of Lake Park UMC & Lake Merritt UMC
Special Guest Speaker: Minerva Carcaño
Bay District Superintendent:  Rev. Sun Hee Kim

 

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May 26, 2024

Confirmation Sunday
Guest Speaker: Hope Hilton, Joint Youth Group Director of Buena Vista UMC & Lake Merritt UMC.

 

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June 2, 2024

Defined by Generosity
Proverbs 11:24-25, 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Stewardship Program

 

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June 9, 2024

The Reign/Rain of God
Romans 8:38-39
Guest speaker: Rev. Mike Friedrich, Deacon

 

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June 16, 2024

Annual Conference Report
“Following Jesus,” Matthew 16:13-17
Sue Dickey, Lay Delegate to the ACS
Laurel Williams, Lay Leader and Lay Delegate to the ACS
Rev. Sunae Cho, Pastor

 

Released from Trauma

Contrary to “conventional wisdom”, when we are facing the traumas in our lives, “forgive and forget” is a lie.  The truth is found when we “forgive and remember (and heal)”.  In our highly unstable moment in history, we are often tempted to lose faith and hope. How, for us, does the Risen Christ appear in the midst of our lives, giving us a transformative task?  My sermon, rooted in John 20:19-23, is titled “Released from Trauma”.  I pray that it will be a experience of resurrection that we may share.  –Pastor Dale

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Sunday service begins at 10:15AM.

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2024 Easter Sermon Series

Resurrection Stories

The Easter Season is a time of celebrating all the ways in which resurrection is possible in our lives. We can be in need of rising out of the depth of imprisonment, addiction, poverty, illness, and oppression – not just physically and literally, but also spiritually. What keeps us locked up inside? What binds us, keeping us from the fullness of who God created us to be? Join us for stories of courage, kindness, strength, and overcoming – Resurrection Stories – about those who have found “resurrection” in their lives. It might just inspire you to unlock your own rising up!

 

April 14, 2024 

Released from Trauma
John 20:19-23

 

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April 21, 2024 

Found
Luke 24:36-43

 

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April 28, 2024

A Face and a Name
Genesis 32:22-32

 

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May 5, 2024

Threshold Moments – Healing at the End of Life
Lamentations 3:19-33

 

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May 12, 2024

Calmed
Romans 15:5-7, 13

Disruptive Faith

As we continue in the Easter season with “Resurrection Stories,” this week I get to preach from Acts 16:16-34 on the Philippian jailbreak story. Karen Kaiser is a fine contemporary poet, who also happens to be an active United Methodist lay Christian.  Here is one of her recent works:

“For Good”
I cannot say
exactly
when it will happen

but this I know…
someday
what has been torn apart
will be mended
what has been shattered
will be repaired

every
single
broken
thing
will one day
come together
for good

Claim your transformation this day and this season.  –Pastor Dale

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Sunday service begins at 10:15AM.

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2024 Easter Sermon Series

Resurrection Stories

The Easter Season is a time of celebrating all the ways in which resurrection is possible in our lives. We can be in need of rising out of the depth of imprisonment, addiction, poverty, illness, and oppression – not just physically and literally, but also spiritually. What keeps us locked up inside? What binds us, keeping us from the fullness of who God created us to be? Join us for stories of courage, kindness, strength, and overcoming – Resurrection Stories – about those who have found “resurrection” in their lives. It might just inspire you to unlock your own rising up!

 

April 7, 2024 

Disruptive Faith
Acts 16:16-34

 

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April 14, 2024 

Released from Trauma
John 20:19-23

 

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April 21, 2024 

Found
Luke 24:36-43

 

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April 28, 2024

A Face and a Name
Genesis 32:22-32

 

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May 5, 2024

Threshold Moments – Healing at the End of Life
Lamentations 3:19-33

 

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May 12, 2024

Calmed
Romans 15:5-7, 13

Easter Sunday

According to the gospel of Mark, after the women disciples hear the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and are commissioned to go and tell, they utterly fail, leaving in fear and saying nothing to anyone.  That is where Mark leaves the ending of his resurrection story!  What’s up with that ending?

Recently, biblical scholars have begun to change their minds about Mark’s choice for an abrupt ending. They agree that his resurrection story was not a crash landing but a brilliant one. Mark leaves the ending open as an invitation for us to join in and finish writing it. Do you have an unfinished story that awaits resolution?  Resurrection isn’t a conclusion, it’s an invitation.

Come and see.  Come and hear! Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Amen.

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Sunday service begins at 10:15AM.

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2024 Holy Week Services

March 29, 2024   |   Good Friday

3 p.m. Mass, 4:30 p.m. Ecumenical Good Friday Prayer Gathering

3pm Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes (2808 Lakeshore Ave)
4:30pm Procession to the Lake Merritt Colonnade
for Ecumenical/Interfaith Prayer Service
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7 p.m. Tenebrae Taizé service 

In-person at Lake Merritt UMC
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March 31, 2024   |   Easter Sunday

Easter Celebration
Mark 16:1-8

“The Allies”

 

In this Palm/Passion Sunday, I will be exploring the inevitability of Jesus’ march to the cross. Resurrection will always be an unprecedented shock that interrupts every normal expectation. We, like Nicodemus and Joseph, are called to make our own contributions to the story of the shocking victory of God in Christ. –Pastor Dale

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Sunday service begins at 10:15AM.

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2024 Lent Worship Series

Witness at the Cross

March 24, 2024   |   Palm / Passion Sunday

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
Mark 15:42-46

 

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March 29, 2024   |   Good Friday

7 p.m. Tenebrae Taizé service

 

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March 31, 2024   |   Easter Sunday

Easter and Membership Celebration
Mark 16:1-8

 

“The Women”

 

We continue our Lenten journey at the cross reflecting the witnesses’ stories at Jesus’ crucifixion.  Are you there?

Did you know that there were many named and unnamed women following Jesus from Galilee, and they had been with the mission the entire time? They were there when other male disciples fled. They were there. Some gospel writers do not even give these women a voice in their witnessing, but they were there.  They were there because they found in Jesus a new brother, a new son, a new father, and a new family.

Come, friends!  Let us hear these women’s witnesses.

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Sunday service begins at 10:15AM.

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2024 Lent Worship Series

Witness at the Cross

March 24, 2024   |   Palm / Passion Sunday

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
Mark 15:42-46

 

*

 

March 29, 2024   |   Good Friday

7 p.m. Tenebrae Taizé service

 

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March 31, 2024   |   Easter Sunday

Easter and Membership Celebration
Mark 16:1-8