June 5, 2022 9:00 am
THE WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*THE CHRIST LIGHT
“Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us” #331
*THE CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Rushing Wind of the Spirit, breathe new life into us!
P: Blazing Flame of the Spirit, burn away our fears!
L: Comforting Presence of the Spirit, heal our wounds
P: Let us be prepared to worship and praise you, O Holy Spirit.
L: Spirit of God, come upon us this day and fill us with your love.
P: Make us people who will proclaim God’s good news in all
that we do. AMEN.
THE SHARING OF JOYS, PRAYERS AND CONCERNS
“Lord, in your Mercy,” “Hear our prayers”
THE PASTORAL PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER
May the peace of Christ flow through you
1st SCRIPTURE John 14:8-17
THE CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
Almighty God, your Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples, hidden in an upper room in Jerusalem. A violent wind and tongues of fire were the symbols of a new thing happening in their lives. May your Holy Spirit burst into our lives today, encouraging and inspiring us to proclaim boldly the good news of Jesus Christ who offers healing and hope to all people. AMEN.
2nd SCRIPTURE Genesis 39:1-6, 20-23
THE MESSAGE Genesis Sermon Series (22) Rev. Sean Kang
*THE HYMN “Spirit Song” #347
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION UMH Pg. 12
THE RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*THE DOXOLOGY #95
*THE OFFERING PRAYER Rev. Sean Kang
*THE DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
Pastor: God, out of God’s great love, has created you.
People: Jesus Christ, out of his great love, has redeemed you.
Pastor: The Holy Spirit, out of great love, has lifted and inspired
you to go in peace, proclaiming the good news of peace,
love, hope, and joy to all.
All: Go in peace. AMEN!
*RESPONSE “Here I am, Lord” (V. 1) #593
* Going into the world with the light of Christ!
* Please stand as you are able *
“The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master." (Genesis 39:2)
The Bible Text to Be Read this Week
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Genesis 39:1-6, 20-23 / June 5, 2022
Joseph, hated by his brothers and thrown into a pit, was sold to a Midianite merchant, who sold him to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials in Egypt. Joseph's living place suddenly changed from the comfortable land of Canaan to the unfamiliar land of Egypt. Joseph also changed from being the golden youngest son of a rich Canaanite man to a poor slaver of a high-ranking Egyptian official. How could a person's fate plummet so quickly? Joseph's life seemed hopeless, and his future looked bleak.
However, today's text shows a completely different development. Slaves usually did yard work or manual labor outside the house, but he did not work outside, but lived inside the master's house and took care of the household chores. Seeing that he was doing well, Potiphar entrusted him with all the house, including his property. When Joseph took charge of his master's house in that manner, blessings came to Potiphar's house as well. In this way, Joseph lived prosperously in ‘an unfamiliar place.’
The Bible intentionally showed how Joseph changed a ‘house of a stranger’ into a ‘house of the blessed,’ how he lived prosperously in the ‘house of a stranger,’ and how he lived as a free man even though he was a slave. This scene was an important message and implication to Israel, who had to live in a ‘strangers’ land’ (Canaan, Egypt, and Babylon) for a long time in history. It was a message that even if they lived like slaves in their foreign lands, they could turn that place into a blessed place and live as the prosperous people.
But a prosperous life always comes with ‘temptations.’ One day, Potiphar’s wife seduced Joseph, who was good-looking and handsome. Joseph flatly refused, but the lady was very persistent and tenacious. This temptation was like a dangerous trap whether to refuse or not to refuse. Jealousy and rejected desires often turn into terrifying hatred. She accused Joseph of trying to rape her. Joseph fell into a trap that was difficult to get out of.
Joseph, who had received the full trust of his master and took a charge of all the household chores, suddenly fell into an unscrupulous man who insulted his master's wife. Joseph, who lived as a prosperous man in a stranger's house, fell from that pedestal to a miserable life again. He had barely entered the path of hope, but in an instant he fell again into the abyss of despair. The door that had been opened suddenly closed. Today we are going to think about the nature of the temptation that Joseph received from Potiphar's wife.
“Come to Bed with Me”
When you hear the word ‘temptation’, the first thing that comes to your mind would be a sexual image. Today's story reminds us of that scene. But fundamentally, temptation is any phenomenon that leads us off the right path. Thus, temptation is not limited to sexual deviance, but refers to all kinds of attempts that interfere with a healthy life and hinder a true spiritual journey. Therefore, the temptation that Potiphar's wife attempted to Joseph needs to be viewed as a more fundamental temptation, not just a sexual one.
What did Potiphar's wife say to Joseph? See verses 7 and 12. She said: “Come to bed with me.” There are two verbs in Hebrew that correspond to that sentence. One is the word ‘yada,’ and the other is the word ‘shakab.’ Both words primarily mean ‘to lie down with someone.’ But what is important is the secondary meaning of these words. The secondary meaning of ‘yada’ is ‘to understand or to know.’ It is a term that refers to the healthy sexual relationship.
On the other hand, ‘shakab’ refers to the unjust sexual behavior such as rape or adultery. And the secondary meaning of this word is ‘the act of craftily forcing happiness and satisfaction.’ The word used in today’s text was ‘shakab’, not ‘yada’. In moment we know that the word used here is ‘shakab,’ we realize that the meaning of the behavior of Potiphar's wife is not simply sexual seduction. It implies all sorts of false attempts to craftily compel happiness and satisfaction.
The real serious temptation is not sexual one, but the one to believe false happiness as happiness, and limited satisfaction as eternal satisfaction. The temptation endlessly whispers into our ears. ‘Shakab – Let’s lie down together!’ It is tempting to sleep with false happiness and false satisfaction. Perhaps we have already been deceived by the ‘temptation of shakab.’ We may have already become accustomed to 'a life that craftily creates false happiness and false satisfaction'. We may already be addicted to false happiness and false satisfaction.
Look at Joseph who was unwavering in the sweet temptation. Like Joseph, we need to boldly and resolutely reject the false temptation that hinders the true spiritual journey. How can we resist the temptation as bold and determined as Joseph? Let's get to the heart of today's text. Genesis 39 presents us with two keyways to resist the temptation of ‘Shakab.’
Going Beyond the Temptation
The first way to overcome the false temptations is to live in the belief that God is with us. Genesis 39 can be divided into three parts. The middle part was the scene where Joseph was tempted by Potiphar's wife, and the first (1-6) and second part (20-23) repeated almost the same content and expression. It was an expression of “The LORD was with Joseph.” This expression was repeated twice in the first part (verses 2 and 3) and twice in the latter part (verses 21 and 23), a total of four times. The sentence of “the Lord was with Joseph” is definitely emphasized in this text. But this message is the core of the entire Joseph story.
Joseph lived with the belief that the Lord was with him in any situations. He was thrown into a pit, sold to a merchant of Ishmael and Midian. He suffered beyond words until he came to Potiphar's house. But in the end, he was caught by Potiphar’s eyes and ascended to the position of managing the entire household. To put it in today's terms, he was a man who persevered in difficult situations and eventually succeeded.
People who have overcome many difficulties and succeeded usually want to be recognized for their achievements through their strengths. They like to brag that they were able to succeed with their abilities and efforts. If Joseph had such high self-regard, he would have easily followed the temptation when the hostess had had tempted him. But Joseph did not follow it. Because he clearly had the belief that his success didn’t result in his own strength, but in the Lord who was with him.
We are prone to the temptation to believe that we have achieved our achievements through our own abilities and strengths. It is a great temptation. The moment we fall into that temptation, we fall into a trap from which we cannot escape. We cannot do anything unless God is with us. What we achieve, what we have, and what we enjoy, all come from God. When we live in the belief that God is with us in this way, we can overcome the false temptations and walk the right path of faith.
The second way to overcome the temptation is to accept by faith that even if God is with us, our lives can be difficult. There is no contradiction between living in faith and going through sufferings. Even if you live in faith, you can fall into hardships, and on the contrary, even if you are in hardships, you can live in faith. God and suffering are compatible. You can suffer in the midst of living with God, and you can live with God in the midst of suffering. When you accept this, you can resist the false temptations of life.
Although Joseph lived with God, he was tempted, and although he refused the temptation, he was framed and ended up in prison. Wouldn't Joseph, who lived with the belief that God was with him, feel frustrated and unfair about the situation that happened to him? How angry, miserable, and frustrated must he be? Joseph must have blamed God and wanted to forsake his faith. But Joseph did not, because he knew enough that even if God was with him, his life could be filled with suffering.
When we face hardships and failures, we face the great temptation to forsake God. To overcome this temptation, we must accept by faith that even when God is with us, we can fall into suffering. We must acknowledge that God and suffering can exist in our lives at the same time. We must be prepared to suffer with God, and to live with God in the midst of suffering. That was Joseph's way. That is the secret to go on the path of faith sincerely over temptation.
My dear friends, let's overcome the temptation to believe that what we have achieved is through our own strength. Let us remember that all things are possible because God is with us. Let go of the temptation to believe that God and suffering are incompatible. Let us remember that we can suffer with God, and we can live with God in the midst of suffering. So let's overcome all the temptations and walk the more deeply faithful journey beyond the temptations.
R-Church is a “Meeting House of Prayer.” May you experience hospitality here and a reverence for peace, grace, forgiveness.
- We invite you to register in the foyer and include your email.
- We seek two volunteers each Sunday to read the scripture.
- Prayer concerns may be entered in R-Church Prayer Book.
- Wednesday,10-12 noon, Meditation Group practicing Buddhist-Christian contemplative prayer meets at R-Church in the renovated Group Area. Contact Jim: 540-270-7873, for information.
The 240th session of the Virginia Annual Conference to be in-
person in Hampton, Virginia, June 16-18, 2022
The Catoctin Presbyterian Church in Waterford
is hosting a candlelight vigil for Ukraine on Sunday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. Weather permitting, it will be outside on the lawn. Bring a lawn chair. We'll sing some old peace songs, offer prayers, and light candles. Some folks from Ukraine may be present, but that's still up in the air. We are planning for it to be about half an hour, no more than 45 minutes. We would love to have your congregation join us. Grace and peace! David A. Douthett Pastor
Thanks to David Colburn and Jim
for mowing & trimming.
Thanks to Roy and Mary Dingus
for tomato plants this week.
R-Church needs BBQ volunteers
for July 8th (Fri 5-7 PM) and 9th (Sat 7-3 PM)
R-Church hosts a Wednesday Morning Meditation Gro
from 10:00 am -11:30 am. See Jim if you are interested.
Next Council Meeting
June 23rd, 7 PM.
Thank you Esther Butler
for your care of R-Church entrance.
Thanks to David T and Jeremy
for the completion of this year’s audit. Whew!
The mission of the UMC
is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Bishop: Rev. Sharma D. Lewis
District Superintendent: Rev. Victor Gomez
Pastor: Rev. Sean Kang
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Thanks to Jere, Rv Sean, David C, Jim and Rae, David T, and Deb S for help and support in planting Korean Maple Trees alongside Rickard and Rehobeth Church Road the last two Saturday mornings.
Come join us as we build Christian Community on High Ridge.
God is good all the time.
All the time God is good.
Father of Everything,
Your presence fills all of Creation.
Again today, your kingdom has come.
Again today, I join my will to your will to make earth as heaven.
Again today, you’ll give us the bread we need for your daily work,
And you’ll show mercy to us just as much as we show mercy to others.
Again today, as we face times of testing, you’ll be with us in our trials.
Todd Wynward, Rewilding the Way, p63
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Rev. Sean Kang graduated from the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul and became an ordained minister from the Eastern Conference of the Korean Methodist Church. He served as an Associate Pastor in a Methodist Church in Seoul, then moved to Canada in 2000, where he studied Spiritual Theology and Spiritual Direction at the University of Toronto. While studying there, he began a new church for college students and young adults and served there for five years.
Rev. Kang accepted an invitation by the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington and moved to Virginia in 2006; where he served as an Associate Pastor for seven years. In the spring of 2013, he started a new church in Ashburn, Virginia, and spent six years as it's Leading Pastor. Rev. Kang is very interested in Contemplative Spirituality and Spiritual Formation. In this context, his pastoral focus is geared toward spiritual sermons, spiritual exercises, and prayer practices.
We look forward to Rev. Kang's ministry with us ... as our journey continues.
Rehobeth United Methodist, 14085 Rehobeth Church Road, Lovettsville Join us on Zoom for worship and fellowship.
Join us on zoom, Sunday's at 9:00 am. If you miss the service, you can find them on the website.
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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
(Standing) Rev Andreas Armstrong, Zion & Bethel Lutheran Church; Rev Mark Jagoe, (Mark has moved to South Carolina)
(Sitting) Rev. James D Nenninger, Retired UMC; Rev. Tiffany Towberman, Zion Lutheran; Rev. Stephen King, Mt. Olivet & Mt. Pleasant UMC;
Rev. Krista Vingelis, New Jerusalem Lutheran; Rev. David Douthett, Catoctin Presbyterian, Waterford; Rev. Roland England, Christian Community at St. Paul's, UCC;
(Absent) Rev. Sean Kang, Rehobeth UMC
(Absent) Pastor Ralph Carver, Hillsboro UMC
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2022 CHURCH CAMPUS UPKEEP
- ON GOING Mowing & Trimming
- COMPLETED Fire Inspection – Passed 2021
- COMPLETED Termite Inspection: Passed 2022
- COMPLETED Repaired Lentil, 2020
- COMPLETED Beautify church front
- Paint Outside Trim (postponed)
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- Oil Tank Replacement
- Utility Shed Replacement
- Carpet Replacement
- Pew cushions
- Stained Glass Window Repair
- Fellowship Area Study
2022 CEMETERY UPKEEP
- COMPLETED Cemetery Landscaping Face Lift
- Upright Cemetery Headsto
- GPR Mapping
D - Air Conditioning
R - Pointing of bricks
E - Belfry Lighting
A - Storm windows
M - Belfry Inspection & Greasing Bell
REHOBETH CEMETERY is a major MISSION of our Church, requiring much work, expense, and upkeep. Our intent is to maintain our cemetery that honors the many Methodist's and others who gave of their resources to support R-Church. We do honor to ourselves to honor our history and those who have graced us with this facility. Thanks be to God.
THANK YOU TRUSTEES ...
Rehobeth is fortunate to have a very active team of Trustees. If you are interested in joining our Team, we are interested in you !!!
- Jeremy Nenninger, Chairman
- David Thompson, Financial Sec
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Welcome! For the past 225 years Rehobeth United Methodist Church has been a place where people could come to learn, be in community and grow as people of God. Even as the world has changed and we have changed, we are still committed to being a community that reaches out to our neighbors and our world so that all can know the love of God. We hope you will join us and make yourself at home here as we sincerely welcome you to Rehobeth United Methodist Church (R-Church).
Rehobeth UMC is located at 14085 Rehobeth Church Road, Lovettsville VA 20180. The pastor is the Rev. Sean Hyunsik Kang. The Pastor's email is firstname.lastname@example.org; and cell phone: 703-336-3679. Our website is www.rehobethchurch.org Sunday worship is at 9 am with a dialogue fellowship meeting after worship to discuss spiritual issues with which we cope and grow. The Dialogue is open to everyone.
On Rt. 7 go to the exit for Rt. 287; at the underpass, turn left and go north 6.2 mi on Rt. 287 (Berlin Turnpike) toward Purcellville and Lovettsville. Turn right onto Rickard Road and go 0.4 mi east. Take the 1st right onto Rehobeth Church Road; the turn is 0.2 mi on the left.