Dear SUMC members and friends,
Lent is a season when we brave the cold winter and hope for a fresh and sunny spring. Lent is
also a spiritual journey when we walk with Jesus, participating in his pain of crucifixion and the
glory of his resurrection.
Unless we die, we cannot be born again. Our greed and hubris must die so that the spirit of
Jesus may rise in our hearts, in our church, and in our world.
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” When the world is dark with greed, hatred, and
violence, we are called to brighten the dark world with our Christian love and compassion.
As Mother Teresa said, “The problem with our world is that we draw our family circle too
small.” When we are stuck with the mentality of tribalism and nationalism, Jesus comes to
broaden our family circle so that we would include all people as brothers and sisters in God.
We need to realize that there is a difference between nationalism and patriotism. Nationalism is
something Nazi Germany tried and failed. Patriotism pursues not just the interests of our
country but also justice and peace of the whole world. God loves the whole world, not just one
country over other countries.
In UM Hymn (437) “This is My Song” is a line, “O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a
song of peace for their land and for mine.” God has called us to work for the kingdom of God
on earth where we worship God, not human beings, unite people, not divide people, and love
people, not hate people.
When our ego, selfishness, and self-centeredness die, Christ will be resurrected in our hearts!
In anticipation of Easter,
Pastor Jerry Cho
1. The contented person enjoys the scenery of a detour.
2. Lord, forgive us for looking at the world with dry eyes. – Dr. Frank C. Laubach
3. Be strong and courageous! … for the Lord your God with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9
1. To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.
2. Laughter is America’s most important export. – Walt Disney
3. A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again. -Proverb 24:16
1. You become what you think about all day long. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
2. Live your life and forget your age. – Norman Vincent Peale
3. My God is My strength. (Isaiah 49:5)
1. There is no use trying to do Church work without love. A doctor, a lawyer, may do good work without love, but God's work cannot be done without love.” ― D.L. Moody
2. Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge. – John Wesley
3. Anger resides in the bosom of fools. – Ecclesiastes 7:9
1. You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion. - Meister Eckhart
2. Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.
- Hubert H. Humphrey
3. Depart from evil, and do good, so you will abide forever. –Proverbs 37:27