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Good News from Rev. Ki

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” - Galatians 5:22-23a

Dear Friends and Family of Centenary UMC,

Happy New Year! At the beginning of each new year, I usually start thinking about goals and themes. I think about what I can do this year to live healthier physically, spiritually, and relationally. Although I may strive to live healthier personally, usually doing things as a community is a lot more fun and fruitful. As we celebrate what it means to be 125 years old as a church and to look back at the “cloud of witnesses” who have toiled and struggled to make Centenary fruitful, it is just as important to utilize the past to push us forward. To do that, we must be planters and growers now.

In 2022, I invite us all to pray for the theme “Planting Seeds of the Spirit.” If you want to grow apples , you will need to plant apple seeds. If you want to grow oranges , you will need to plant orange seeds. Let us participate in living God’s will by planting seeds of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, forgiveness, grit & perseverance, etc... I envision God calling us to plant and grow fruits of the Spirit, not just in 2022, but with every opportunity.

The Lord does not always call us to move to a third world country to do extraordinary things, but God does call us to live out our Christian faith to do the very ordinary things in an extraordinary way. We may not always be called to sell all our possessions and move to the poorest areas in the world and be like Mother Theresa, or defiantly sit at the front of the bus to stand against injustice like Rosa Parks did, but we can still make positive impacts for God by doing good in small chunks. Continue to journey and strive to experience better versions of who we are by helping others one moment at a time. Plants seeds of justice or seeds of understanding. Plants seeds of wisdom so that we do not fall for the temptation to seek instant gratification; but rather, take time to act on the faith we have in Jesus so that we make decisions which are faithful to God’s will. Let us plant seeds of discipleship so that students can be increasingly like Jesus for the transformation of our broken world. I invite us to spend this year planting these seeds of the Spirit, so that we can begin witnessing more of God’s heaven on earth (Matthew 6:10).

I pray for our church, Centenary DTLA, to honor the past, engage the present, and impact the future by being seed planters. Keep planting these seeds of the Spirit and I’d want us all to be witnesses to what God can do with just a little. Remember the parable of the “mustard seed.” Our faith needs only to be as small as a mustard seed, and we will be able to move mountains. I believe we can, even if it means moving a mountain a shovel at a time.

Rev. Ki Choi

Centenary United Methodist Church

West District Conference

California-Pacific Conference

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