Last Sunday the 24th was Thanksgiving Sunday. At our church we had one of 5 joint services of the year where all ministries: Korean ministry, English ministry, youth group & children’s ministry come together to worship the One who has given us life & everything that is good.
Organizing a bi-lingual (Korean & English) service that caters to all generations, cultures & ethnicities is a challenging one because even within our English congregation, there are White American, Hispanic American, Chinese, Polish, Taiwanese, Japanese, African American, Filipino American and Korean American (I hope I didn’t miss anyone).
Although we have tried many different worship formats to accommodate everyone, so far we haven’t found one that completely satisfies all. But we keep trying, and most members show their support for our endeavor to worship as one by enduring all parts of the service, even the parts that are quite foreign to them. We are truly blessed with saints who are so understanding.
Even our Thanksgiving Feast that followed the worship service totally reflected our worship experience. On my plate was rice blanketed by turkey with gravy & cranberry sauce, and wedged between my ham & kimchee was an extra large slice of pumpkin pie. It was one of the most satisfying meals I had this year at church.
I guess what I am trying to say is that although it’s never easy to bring unity in the midst of diversity,
it is the most
because ultimately this is at the heart of God.
From early as Genesis 12, God revealed His heart. He promised to Abram in vv. 2-3,
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing…
and ALL PEOPLES on earth will be blessed through you.”
Jesus Christ reiterated God’s heart in His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). Jesus commanded,
“Therefore go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!”
Finally, Revelation 7:9 gives us a glimpse of how it will be at the end. Apostle John wrote,
“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”
Let us consider…
If this is God’s heart, His command for us & how eternity with Him will be, then shouldn’t this be our main pursuit as the church to move out of what is comfortable, safe & predictable, and embrace a wide spectrum of colors in our life in the Light?
Some may say it’s too difficult,
maybe even impossible, but
is anything too difficult
for the One who is sovereign over all?