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귀천(歸天) Back to Heaven 천상병 지음 By Cheon, Sang Byeong 나 하늘로 돌아가리라. 새벽빛 와 닿으면 스러지는 이슬 더불어 손에 손을 잡고, 나 하늘로 돌아가리라. 노을빛 함께 단 둘이서 기슭에서 놀다가 구름 손짓하면은, 나 하늘로 돌아가리라. 아름다운 이 세상 소풍 끝내는 날, 가서, 아름다웠더라고 말하리라..... I'll go back to heaven again. Hand in hand with the dew that melts at a touch of the dawning day, I'll go back to heaven again. With the dusk, together, just we two, at a sign from a cloud after playing on the slopes, I'll go back to heaven again. At the end of my outing to this beautiful world, I'll go back and say: It was beautiful...... ……… 어제 시 ‘귀천’을 읽으면서 내 마음에 일어나는 따뜻한 물결; 뜨거운 눈물이 눈가를 젺셨다. While I was reading the poem “Back to Heaven” yesterday, In my heart, warm waves rolled; Hot tear dewed on my eyes. 평생을 가난과 고난을 살았지만 언제나 인생을 행복하게 노래하고 시를 썻다: 아이들이 뛰놀고 웃고 재잘거리는 소풍처럼 Though Cheon’ whole life was in poverty and suffering, He always sang and wrote his life as happy: Children play, laugh, and chatter in outings. 이 거친 세상에서 우리는 어떻게 소풍처럼 살수 있을까? 우리는 어떻게 날마다 소풍을 떠날 수 있을까? 어떻게 우리는 인생의 고생을 노래하고 즐길 수 있을까? How can we live as if taking an outing in the wild world? How can we leave for an outing every day? How can we sing and enjoy the hardships of life? “수고하며 무거운 짐을 진 사람은 모두 내게로 오너라. 내가 너희를 쉬게 하겠다. 나는 마음이 온유하고 겸손하니, 내 멍에를 메고 나한테 배워라. 그리하면 너희는 마음에 쉼을 얻을 것이다. 내 멍에는 편하고, 내 짐은 가볍다.” (마태복음 11:28-30, 새번역) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV) 다시 하늘로 돌아갈 사람들, 하늘로부터 왔던 이들 새로운 피조물, 이 땅에서 다시 태어난 사람들, 그들의 길이 소풍 길인 것을… Those who will go back to heaven again, Persons who came from heaven, New Creations, people born again on the earth, their way is the ‘outing’ way… 우리는 여전히 삶의 염려와 무거운 짐을 져야 하고 우리는 여전히 고통스런 가슴 안고 신음해야 합니다. 그렇지만 우리는 여전히 미래를 향해 가고 있습니다. 우리는 여전히 하늘을 향해 걸어가고 있습니다. 그래서 이 세상의 고통스런 삶은 과거로 사라지고 우리의 미래, 하늘이 우리의 새 삶이 됩니다. We are still weary and burdened in life. We are still groaning in the anguish of our heart. But we are still going toward the future. We are still going to heaven. Therefore, our painful life in the world has gone; Our future, our heaven becomes our new life. 이 거친 세상으로 떠나왔던 우리의 소풍이 끝나는 날 나도 하늘로 되돌아가 말하겠습니다: 소풍, 아주 좋았다고… At the end of my outing to this wild world I'll go back to heaven and say as well: It was beautiful...... 심용섭 씀 by Yong Sub Sim pastor of St. Mark's UMC. *시 “귀천”의 영어번역은 서강대학교 교수 Brother Anthony의 것을 사용하였습니다. *The poem “Back to Heaven” was translated from the Korean poem “귀천”(歸天)by Brother Anthony in Korea. **이 글은 St. Mark's UMC 뉴스 레터 9월 첫주에 실은 것입니다. **I wrote this for the News Letter of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, for first week September. Photo: St. Mark's Hot Dog and Ice Cream Party, August 22, 2017
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Sunday Worship Services at 11:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Classes at 9:45 am

Mission: Worship in the Shadow of the Cross.

Worship: April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter
Sermon: "Burning Hearts"
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35

John Wesley said, “I felt my heart strangely warmed.” The disciples on the way to Emmaus felt their hearts burning within them. What happened? To find out, come and worship with us this Sunday!

Sunday's Sermon: “Burning Hearts”
Sunday's Scripture: Luke 24:13-35

Worship: April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter
Sermon: "Peace Be with You"
Scripture: John 20:19-31

In this time of anxiety, we long for peace. How can we have true peace? It is offered to us. If you want to know more, we invite you to worship with us this Sunday. Our service will be posted online by 7:00 pm on Sunday.

Sunday's Sermon: Peace Be with You
Sunday's Scripture: John 20:19-31

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Do You Truly Love Me? - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

The pastor's latest poem invites you to feel the heart of Peter. Do you truly love me?

stmumc.com He returned to his home from Jerusalem. He began fishing again, his ordinary job in Galilee. The last three years he had walked and worked with Jesus. It seemed like a dramatic dream: unexpected, exciting, awe-inspiring, and frustrating, painful, confusing, shameful. His heart always burned for Jesu...

Worship: April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday
Sermon: Expect the Risen Jesus Christ!
Scripture: John 20:18-20

Happy Easter. Jesus is risen. Expect the risen Jesus!

They looked for Jesus in an empty tomb. Why did they not expect the resurrection of Jesus? Do you expect to meet the risen Jesus? Our Easter service will be recorded and posted here. We hope you will worship with us online.

Sunday's sermon: Expect the Risen Jesus Christ!
Sunday's scripture: John 20:1-18

[04/09/20]   Gary Scott shared this poem with us: "How the Virus Stole Easter" by Kristi Bothur, with a nod to Dr. Seuss. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

"How the Virus Stole Easter"

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.

“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.

“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.

“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.

But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!

The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
“Just how can it be?”

“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

And what happened then?
Well....the story’s not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty - but so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that -
Let it start a revival.

With the Coronavirus pandemic season,
St. Mark's prepares for Easter season
without
our Choir, a Cantata, the Holy Thursday worship service,
lilies, Sunday school or our Easter potluck lunch.

We prepare for Easter worship service 2020
with only fasting souls.

Lord, must you not want only this?

Worship: April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday
Scripture: Matthew 26:14-30
Sermon: What Will You Give Me?

Why would someone betray Jesus? Money? Power? Failed expectations? This Sunday’s sermon considers Judas’s betrayal of Jesus. Our worship service will be recorded and will be posted here once its ready. We hope you will worship with us online.

Sunday's Sermon: “What Will You Give Me?”
Sunday's Scripture: Matthew 26:14-30

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Pitiable Judas - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

I hope you take time to contemplate the pastor's latest poem.

If you are uncomfortable with poetry, try considering these lines: "Betrayal inscribes painful marks in the deep hearts, both of the betrayed and the betrayer." How does Judas's betrayal mark Jesus's heart? How does Jesus respond? And how does betrayal mark Judas's heart? How does Judas respond? Is there any hope for Judas?

If you share your answers in the comments, we can all broaden our appreciation of the poem.

stmumc.com Truly, truly, I know one of you will betray Me. He is going to hand me over to my enemies. Jesus’s heart was broken, and Judas’ breathing stopped in that moment. Betrayal inscribes painful marks in the deep hearts, both of the betrayed and the betrayer. But Jesus said to him, “What you do, do ...

Worship: March 29, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent
Scripture: John 11:17-27
Sermon: “Unbind and Let Him Go”

[03/30/20]   Fifth Sunday of Lent
Scripture: John 11:17-27
Sermon: “Unbind and Let Him Go”

We sing, “What a friend we have in Jesus.” Mary, Martha and Lazarus were friends with Jesus. What does it mean to be Jesus’s friend? We will consider that this Sunday at 11:00. The service will be recorded and made available for viewing later in the week.

Sunday's Scripture: John 11:17-27
Sunday's Sermon: “Unbind and Let Him Go”

Who sinned that a man was born blind? Who sinned that there is this virus? Come on Sunday to hear how Jesus answered the first question and how his answer applies to the second. This Sunday we are having two services in order to keep the number gathering small. Join us at 9:45 am or 11:00 am.

Sunday's Sermon: “Spiritual Sight”
Sunday's Scripture: John 9:39-41

“I was looking for love in all the wrong places. Looking for love in too many faces.” I think the Samaritan woman would have related to this song. Where are you looking for love? We know where you can find it! Come and hear this Sunday at 11:00.

Sunday's Sermon: “Spiritual Birth II”
Sunday's Scripture: John 4:5-21

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Not This Man, But Barabbas! - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Rev. Sim's latest poem shows the depth of darkness in our human hearts. We invite you to take a moment to read and contemplate on this during this season of Lent.

stmumc.com Take Him to death! Take Him to death! They ask Roman governor Pilate to kill Him; They wanted Pilate to take His blood for them. “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” Pilate does not want to be involved in their religious enthusiasm, but “What accusation do you bring again...

Christians talk about being born again. What does that mean? How is a person “born again”? These questions will be answered on Sunday. We hope you will join us for worship at 11:00 am.

Sunday's sermon: "Spiritual Birth"
Sunday's scripture: John 3:1-17

Don't forget, it's Daylight Savings too.

Anymore most of our devices automatically make the time change for us. We don't need to remember to set our clocks ahead before going to bed. But most people don't get enough sleep, so unexpectedly losing a hour of sleep can be physically hard on us. As daylight savings time approaches, please take care of yourself. A little planning now will allow you to head to bed an hour early on Saturday so that you will rested and ready for worship on Sunday morning instead of laying in bed hitting the snooze button again and again.

As we walk on the journey through Lent, it is a good time to consider the many temptations we face. Jesus also faced temptations. This Sunday we will learn how Jesus handled temptations. We hope you will worship with us at 11:00 am.

Sunday's Sermon: “Fundamental Temptations”
Sunday's Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

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View Paul Hocker's Obituary and express your condolences

The service for Robbyne Hocker Fuller's brother, Paul Hocker, is today at 1:00 at Visionary Hollowell UMC. The St. Mark's congregation is invited to attend. We also lift the Hocker and Fuller families in prayer as they walk through the sadness of this day.

legacy.com Paul Hocker passed away on February 18, 2020 in Midland, Texas. Funeral Home Services for Paul are being provided by Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home. The obituary was featured in Midland Reporter-Telegram on February 26, 2020.

Lent begins today.

Tonight at 6:00 pm we will celebrate Ash Wednesday. The sermon is "Where Is Your Treasure?" The scripture is Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. We invite you to join us for this special worship service. After the service we will move to the Fellowship Hall for a fish dinner.

We also invite you to join in on our Lenten readings. We will be reading through the book of Luke. Here is where you can find the reading list: http://www.stmumc.com/event/lenten-readings/.

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Why Can't I Follow You Now? - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Another beautiful poem from our pastor. Enjoy!

stmumc.com “Lord, where are you going now? I am willing to go with you anywhere.” My heart was sincerely running for Him; my mind was full of His language. “But where I am going, you cannot follow me now; you shall follow me afterward.” My heart was burning; I knew that the time had not come …

It can feel good to see those who have hurt us get their just deserts, but is that Jesus’s way? To what extent does Jesus want us to love others? Come, worship with us this Sunday at 11:00 am as we learn a better love.

Sunday's Sermon: “Revenge or Love?”
Sunday's Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48

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I Did Not Come to Judge - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

We invite you to enjoy our pastor's latest poem and consider the good news that Jesus brings.

stmumc.com I am still coming into the world as a light, For I do not want you to stay in darkness. (1) For I desire you to have eternal life in my light, I have come into your deep hearts to bring light. (2) To preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the …

When was the last time you said something you wish you hadn’t said? What prompted you to say it? We hope you will consider these questions and then worship with us on Sunday at 11:00 as we hear what Jesus has to say about the words we speak.

Sunday's Sermon: “The Tongue”
Sunday's Scripture: Matthew: 5:21-37

After worship we will have a Valentine's potluck in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a dessert (or something healthy if you must) and plan to stay for food and good fellowship.

Jesus tells his followers that they are to be salt and light to the world. So often we skim over familiar readings like this. Today, please take some time to read Matthew 5:13-20 and listen for Jesus’s intent. Then, join us on Sunday at 11:00 am as we consider Jesus’s words together.

Sunday's sermon: "The Salt and the Light"
Sunday's scripture: Matthew 5:13-20

What does it mean to be blessed by God? And how do we receive God’s blessing? We hope you will join us this Sunday at 11:00 to hear the answers.

Sunday's Sermon: God Bless You?
Sunday's Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12

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A Grain of Wheat - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Poetry demands that we slow down, read and feel. Because of this, it is tempting to scroll on by when in Facebook. But, poetry is worth the time it takes. We hope that you will open this poem in your browser, finish scrolling through Facebook, and then come back to read and feel it. Consider the grain of wheat.

stmumc.com If you would come after me, you must deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me. (1) The self you have been must be crucified like me. If you do not leave the old self patterned on this world, if you love staying in a familiar place, you cannot stay with me. My …

“Follow Us” is a common social media request. Who are you following? Why do you follow them? Social media may be the latest way to attract followers but the request for followers is certainly not new. We hope you will join with us this Sunday at 11:00 as we consider who we are following and why.

Sunday's sermon: “The Followed Him at Once”
Sunday's scripture: Matthew 4:12-23

Why do you go to church? Why do you follow Jesus? What is it you are seeking? These are questions many of us never pause to consider. This Sunday we will consider them together. We hope you will join us this Sunday at 11:00 am.

Sunday's Scripture: John 1:29-42
Sunday's Sermon: “What Do You Seek?”

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The Way, the Truth and the Life - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

This year our focus is on following Jesus. As we get started on that journey, we hope you will take the time to read the John 14:6 and consider our pastor's latest poem.

stmumc.com Trust in God; trust in me as well; do not let your hearts be troubled in this world. I go to prepare a place for you in the spacious house of my Father. (1) “Lord, we are unsure of where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (2) Because I am the …

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How would you invite others to a lunch with Jesus? How do you think your friends would respond to your invitation? To invite or not to invite? Most of us struggle with this question. Let’s consider it together this Sunday. James Fuller will be preaching.

Sunday's Scripture: Matthew 22:1-10
Sunday's Sermon: “To Invite or Not to Invite”

Jesus speaks the truth and is the truth. What does this mean for our lives? Come and learn with us this Sunday, as we consider what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

Sunday's sermon: "Following Jesus"
Sunday's Scripture: John 8:25-32

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Your Pain Will Turn into Joy - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

There are times when the world celebrates but our hearts grieve. For those times, we hope you find encouragement in our pastor's newest poem.

stmumc.com “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.” (1) You have to endure painful and lonely times in the world; though dark clouds swallow the daylight as if light was vanquished, you must keep your ....

Shepherds and magi welcomed the birth of Jesus, but not everyone was excited about the good news. Who was threatened by Jesus’s birth? Why? Is there still conflict? We hope you will come and explore these questions with us this Sunday.

Sunday's Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23
Sunday's Sermon: “Between Two Kings”

Why do we wish each other Merry Christmas? What do we celebrate? If you don’t know, and certainly if you do, we hope you will join our Christmas Eve celebration. We will gather at 6:00 pm for this special evening service.

The Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
The Sermon: “Glory and Praise”

This Sunday we worship with song. The choir will present the Christmas cantata “Noel: Christ Is Born.” All are welcome to come, hear and worship with us.

Sunday's Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

What do you expect of Jesus? Does Jesus meet your expectations? Sometimes our expectations of Jesus don’t match our observations. Others have struggled with this too. This Sunday we will look at John the Baptist’s questioning of Jesus.

Sunday's Scripture: Matthew 11:2-11
Sunday's Sermon: “Are You the Expected One?”

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The Word Becomes Flesh - St. Mark's United Methodist Church

We hope you enjoy our pastor's latest poem. It's a great meditation for Advent.

stmumc.com In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, (1) the Word was, the Logos was with God and ὁ λόγοϛ was God. (2) All things were made through the Word, and nothing that has been made was made without the Word. (3) “Let there be light,” God said, and there was light. (4) …

Why might a couple leave their home for overseas mission work? This Sunday, Bob and Cheryl Fox will tell us about why they serve in the Sub-Saharan country of Niger. We hope you will join us for their special message.

Sermon: “God’s Call Upon Our Hearts”
Scripture for the Second Sunday of Advent: Matthew 3:1-12

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