The Words of the Goldberg Family
Sunday Service at New Hope Family Church
August 8, 2010 Lovin' Life Ministries Services LIVE
Rev. In Jin Moon National Pastor of LLM 10-11:30 am
Free Coffee and Donuts before service from 9:45 am!
This evening manna fell from Heaven at the Goldberg home. I got a phone call from a friend who has a bread connection and he asked me if I needed any bread. At first I thought he meant money! Turns out it was baked goods and about ten minutes later the bread man was at my door with two huge bags full of bread.
No, the bread man was not Moses! But it really made me aware of the amazing blessings of God that keep pouring down on us all the time. We were able to find a home for the bread and I am sure it will warm the tummies of many who accepted it when we passed it on.
Maybe it is because of my Jewish roots, but following the train of thought about the "manna" reminds me of the story in the books of Moses about the manna and quail in the desert. God provided for the people when they were hungry but he warned them not to take more than they needed. Some became greedy, however, and they suffered the consequences. We have so much here in America that we can easily take it for granted and perhaps we have become greedy.
I wonder if we are aware of the sacrifices that were made for our many freedoms. I wonder if we are mindful of the sacrifices being made right now by people who serve in the military or by good religious people devoted to serving other nations and peoples? I wonder if we are aware of sacrifices made by our True Parents and by many saints who choose to live for the sake of others in this age. I wonder if our children realize the sacrifices that were made so that they could be here today as Unificationists? I wish all of our blessed children could comprehend the foundation upon which they stand and the value of the Holy Marriage Blessing their parents received and which they may inherit if they understand it and live by the Divine Principle.
All good things come at a price which must be paid by someone. Yet it is possible to fritter away the merit and the blessing by carelessness and selfish living. God is merciful and patient and as the Ultimate Parent wants to give us everything. But we must be on our guard not to become spoiled. Some of the children of Israel took too much of a good thing and it rotted and became wormy.
Let us be grateful for what we have and let us be very happy when we have enough to share with others. What else are we here to do?
See you on Sunday.
Pastor Matthew and Marianne Goldberg
Dancing With True Love Will be postponed until after Labor Day!
National 18th Anniversary Assembly on Human Rights: Awakening the Dignity of Women. Keynote Speaker: Rev. In Jin Moon Friday, Sept. 24 -- Sunday, Sept. 26, at the New Yorker Hotel. Register now!
Blessed Culture And Sports Festival
Starts Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 7 pm at UTS, until Saturday night Aug. 14 and the Lovin' Life service on Aug. 15 (location TBA). Get Your Teams Ready!!!
Saturday, Aug. 7 to Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY.
Sunday Potluck Lunch
Sunday August 22: Potluck Lunch with Testimonies: Stay after church and listen to testimonies from OLT participants; The Gambia Team; and Camp Shehaqua participants. Bring some lunch if you think you'll be hungry.
New Small Group Forming
It's called "Success In Life." Explore the principles of how "living for the sake of others" brings success in one's own life. Read and discuss sources such as Think and Grow Rich, The Secret and Success Magazine. All of these ideas affirm the Divine Principle; this group is being started primarily to introduce new friends. The first and third Tuesday only of every month, 7:30-9 pm, New Hope Learning Center office in Greenbelt, MD, 7245 Hanover Parkway, Suite A, Greenbelt, MD. For more info, contact Henri Schauffler.
Two Church Sailboats Available! Learn To Sail! Do you see yourself out on the Bay with the wind, the sea, and blue water?
Want to sail the many-splendorous Chesapeake Bay with friends, family, or guests? Two large sailboats (a 26-foot Pearson that sleeps five, and a 30-foot Several, a light air boat, very fast) have been donated to the church. They are docked in Annapolis 35 minutes from New Hope . Grab this opportunity. We're forming an informal "usage group." Collective usage, shared responsibilities, shared costs (modest).
The church Scout Troop will also offer lessons. Call Jake Mas, James Abendroth, or Jim Boothby.