On the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, we worshiped together in KPC’s Fellowship Hall and via Facebook Live.
Thank you to lay leader, Jim Schmidt, for leading the worship service today, assisted with the spoken word by Melissa Sultana and Anna Sultana Sanders.
The first scripture lesson, read by Melissa, came from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” The second lesson, read by Jim, 1 John 3:18, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” We are reminded that John is saying that loving in “deed” stands over loving in “word.” Some people are all talk and no action. God’s standard for love manifests itself in action. A believer in true love does something about meeting the needs of others. To love indeed means that the lover does something to meet the need of someone else. Love is more than words; it is action.
This scripture served as the foundation for Jim’s reflection as he eloquently spoke of the actions of one of KPC’s core ministries, Care and Fellowship. Jim shared his personal testimony about the love, grace, and comfort he received from the KPC family during his recent injury and recovery period and how it sustained him, and his family, through a trying and difficult period. Later, this experience would open his heart to accepting the call to become a Deacon himself. He too wanted to put his love in action and make God’s love visible. Thank you Jim, for this inspiring and enlightening message.
Our music-featured music director Eunkyung “Grace” Woo offered a prelude of “It is Well With My Soul” and a postlude of “Praise Ye the Father” on the piano.