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 9/12/10 - Today I visited The International Community Church PCA, in FWB, FL

                                                                                                     

I had just come from Bible Study early Sunday morning as I drove South on Beal Pkwy., in Fort Walton Beach on my way to find a service downtown. I was day-dreaming as I passed the cemetery and then suddenly noticed this delightful church on the right.

I had driven this road perhaps a thousand times during my four years in FWB and really do not have a clear recollection of noticing the church before. There is usually so much traffic; or often with my wife in the car we talk about her family members buried in the nearby cemetery; or we're on our way to the VFW, or Ruby Tuesdays; or we're rushing back to the office to see a patient ~ or something; but today was my first conscious notice of the empty parking lot and unusual sign.

I had to turn around and retrace my path to get there. As I stepped out of the car, a lady pulled into the adjacent space. I asked what time the service would be and what was the denomination.

She said: "Presbyterian, at 11 O'clock. Is your wife Korean?"

That took me a little by surprise, but she quickly added: "Anyhow, you should be able to understand the sermon since it is translated!"

Well now, that got my attention! And before you knew it I was inside, fitted for my earphones, cordially welcomed by Youth Pastor Hong who was filling in for Pastor Joshua S. Jea on mission in China, cleared to take pictures, and listening to some great music as the choir warmed up!

This was The KOREAN-PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH of Fort Walton Beach, Florida!

 

The church enjoyed a unique flavor. It had all the stained glass one usually sees in a Presbyterian church and there were even vestments worn by some assistants. But quite apart from the fact that much of the service was in Korean ~it was certainly different!

For one thing it was much more evangelical than your average Presbyterian congregation. The youth Pastor conducted a fine group of young singers and musicians who were casually dressed and who generated some very contemporary music, albeit with alternating verses rendered in English and Korean. The congregation stood, waved hands, clapped and gave "Halleluiah"; and the words to songs and readings were projected up behind the pulpit just like in a Baptist environment!

I had no difficulty transcribing a brief English version of the sermon from the translation given in my earpiece. Pastor formally welcomed me from the pulpit. The meet 'n Greet occurred late in the service, after the sermon, and I was warmly welcomed by many parishioners, most of whom bowed deeply with traditional Asian courtesy. In all it was a very invigorating worship and I was cordially invited to luncheon following the service.

I was conducted by a charming lady to the indoor basketball court doubling as a fellowship hall, seated and then taken through the buffet by another elegant damsel, Michelle Smith, President of The N.W. FL. Korean American Association, who personally served my portions onto my plate! Then we sat and chatted with a group that included the Pastor and another gentleman who said he had voted for me in the recent Primary election!

At the conclusion, Pastor blessed my "Pilgrimage" activities; and everyone waved, smiled and murmured encouragement as I left. I do not believe I have ever been more graciously treated in any church on my travels. This cordial and polite Korean Culture certainly created a unique worship experience!

Thank you all!

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THE MESSAGE: "Who is in control?"  (A summary, adapted & edited from the sermon given 8/12/2010 by Pastor Zadok Hong at The International Community Church PCA; Fort Walton Beach, FL, referencing John 2:1-11).

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Summary:  Before the sermon, Pastor Hong projected a video of "The Luckiest People In The World." It had a "Three-Stooges," Mad-Cap quality that showed folks falling off motorcycles and escaping injury, pedestrians avoiding car wrecks that miraculously slammed into trees before impacting them, and all manner of escape from near-mayhem. Then Pastor abruptly turned to the Gospel: In today’s reading Jesus, His Disciples and His mother were at a wedding feast when the wine ran out. "Jesus’ mother said to Him: ‘They have no more wine.’"

Jesus replies: "‘Dear woman, why do you involve me?’"

But Mary basically ignores the question and tells the servants to do whatever Jesus directs. Jesus then performs His first miracle; that of turning the water into wine. Pastor Hong noted that for some reason the bride’s family – who should have ensured a sufficiency of wine – appeared to lack "control" of the supply.

Pastor said that when he first studied English, he was a little puzzled by that language’s use of the word "Control." In Korean, the word means "Everything’s fine ... someone’s in charge." In Korea "Control" is not used except in a strict sense, with for example military or formal authoritarian overtones.

In the U.S., on the other hand the word is used easily to speak of casual authority. In Korea, God is in "Control"; whereas if we misuse the word "Control" too casually, we may mistakenly give ourselves high status and fail to relinquish authority to The Lord.

The ability to exert effective control takes a lot of effort and training. When a baby is born it first tries to control its limbs. It takes time for the infant to learn to stand and control its bodily functions and surroundings. Later the child discovers how to build friendships, win the love of a girlfriend and even manipulate it’s parents for pocket money! Then people try to control everything, including society.

God gave us a desire to control. It all started in Genesis 1 when God said: "Let us make man in our image to rule ..." For us humans to do this job well, we set a goal, prioritize and act. That is good in God’s eyes. But sometimes we can misuse this power. And other times we just lack the capability.

Today’s reading shows a wedding feast arranged and "Controlled" by a wife and her family. Biblically, these affairs lasted for up to two weeks! No one was in a hurry. Everything needed to be arranged, to be "Neat & Tidy." Usually, one to two years engagement preceded the nuptials. So there was ample time for all the plans and preparations to be made. All the details including the menu were finalized far in advance.

Because these ancient festivals entertained the family and guests, wine would have been the most basic necessity. Much of it was generally prepared and stored in stone jars. However in the wedding festival of today’s reading, the wine ran out. We don’t know why. But its Lack embarrassed the hostess. The situation would have resulted in censure with mocking and loss of honor for the hosts. Thus Jesus was asked to help.

This type of situation can happen to us too, and we can fail in many ways: A musician, despite intense practice can miss the prize; a Korean, in spite of deep study can fail to pass an English test; health issues like cancer can afflict us even if we live a healthy life. The list of unexpected failures is endless.

We do want our lives to be like a festival with lots of success and congratulations. But it doesn’t always work out that way. We too can "Make wine for our festival" (by studying, practicing, etc.) ~ and then sometimes be surprised to find that our wine jars are suddenly empty; and you may find yourself without grapes and lacking a plan to fill the empty jars. Then you cannot "Control" the outcome! You will have lost control of your "festival."

Our life is never guaranteed and many times we have no control: "I didn’t finish that Term paper by deadline ... I crashed my car when I fell asleep. I lost control due to an element I’d never experienced before." And the list goes on.

So, when YOU lose control (Ezra 8:23), who will you count on? Jesus of course!

He changed water into wine. He changes sinners to righteousness; darkness into light. So if you lose control, go to The Lord, turn it over to Jesus. He wants us to bring our problems to Him. So Pray and approach Him. All blessings, grace and mercy come from God. Count on Him 100% of the time.

Sometimes we are wrong, but He is the solution to our all our problems.

Why don’t we pray? We pay a lot to see the lawyer, doctor or dentist and make an appointment for our health or legal problems. But we don’t make an appointment to bring our problems to God! He will help you in diverse ways beyond your imagination. So relinquish control to God.

Let God control the easy and the difficult in your life. I want you to have your celebration. Then others will say that you really are "one of the luckiest people in the world!"

Amen

                                                                                                    


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