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We live in a world which is broken and full of violence, hatred, conflict, and tension. We dream of a world filled with mutual love, reciprocal support, understanding, and acceptance, but our reality is far from our dream. The Gospel narrative in Mark 6:14-29 shows us that the story of violence, cruelty, and hatred was not uncommon in the ancient world where Jesus proclaimed the gospel of God’s kingdom. In fact, there has never been a time when we haven't seen this dark dimension of human reality. 

At Herod’s banquet, Herodias’ daughter danced, and her dance was not an expression of joy or celebration, but of grudge and hatred; not a channel of feast and life, but of plot and death. John the Baptist, a righteous man who prepared the way for Jesus, was killed at this banquet. The death of John reveals the reality of the human world. He was killed by unrighteous people: Herod, his wife Herodias, and Herodias’ daughter. The people at that time were imprisoned by these unrighteous and violent hands, and this story of violence still occurs in our contemporary world.

Then, questions arise for us: Where is hope? Who is responsible for this fractured world? And what is our responsibility to this fractured world? We can easily become discouraged or disappointed when we focus on the dark side of humanity. But our responsibility lies in our shared efforts to counteract this world of violence and chaos. We are called to mend this fractured world and establish an 'altar of divine love' amidst this tumultuous world. Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest, says in her book, <An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith>: “Earth is so thick with divine possibility that it is a wonder we can walk anywhere without cracking our shins on altars.” Our task is not to escape from this world, but to discover the divine possibilities that await our attention. Establishing 'an altar of peace, love, and justice' amidst this fractured world is a "divine dance" that leads to uncovering those possibilities.

Order of Worship

July 14, 2024

Pastor Jinyong

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