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Who Are We?

The United Methodist Church of Peace

Built at 64th Street between Washburn and Xerxes Avenues on the Richfield-Edina border and dedicated in January of 1958, Church of Peace was chartered with seven families, members of Oakland Avenue Evangelical United Brethren Church who lived in the vicinity of this growing area on the edge of Minneapolis. With the merging of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968, Church of Peace became The United Methodist Church of Peace.

The Mission of the United Methodist Church : “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

The Purpose at Church of Peace“Our congregation exists to exemplify by word and deed the love of Jesus Christ to all people and specifically to our community through loving relationships.”

Musings from Pastor’s Office:

“Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him…”  (1 Kings 19:11-13)

Some years ago, I was at the Dominican monastery of Sinsinawa Mound in Wisconsin. I spent much of the time reading scripture, learning liturgy and spirituality through lectures, attending the four times daily worship, and being in my covenant group for holy conversation. The Academy for Spiritual Formation, a two-year program designed and run by Upper Room of the United Methodist Church has been offered in many places across the U.S. and Sinsinawa Mound is one of the places to host the program to cover the north central area of the country. There are many unique characteristics in this program; following the Benedictine rule of life, observing daily offices emphasizing liturgy and the Lord’s Supper, building very close and intimate relationships within a covenant group, etc.

One of the rules by which I was challenged was that of keeping silence during the reflection time following the morning and afternoon lectures, as well as keeping silence after the night prayer until morning prayer. Keeping the silence is an intentional effort to place oneself in a solitary environment where all the noise from the world is not heard. Even no personal conversation is allowed during this time of being alone. It is the same kind of holy desire that the desert fathers in the third and fourth centuries had in their minds as they entered the desert. They wanted to deepen their relationship with God so that they cut themselves off from the busy world. Solitude was one of the major means, or rules, by which all who sought deep Christian spirituality would discern the true voice of God.

We are exposed to too many noises around us. We cannot imagine the life in modern society without sound – the sounds of music, commercials, conversations, and all kinds of buzz. We may be on the street driving a car and drumbeats from a passing car vibrate the whole earth. Everybody mows grass, and the buzz sound of mowers breaks the quietness of afternoon. All the high tones of news reporters broadcasting the breaking news scatters all the peace of mind. Youngsters are dying for ipods and are exposed to music and games’ sounds. You will find how uncomfortable it is to be silent for an hour. We are so used to living with noise.

Distracting voices and flooding information bring us unnecessary anxiety and disturbs our minds. We sometimes find that our minds and thoughts are occupied by and loaded with voices that have nothing to do with God. We actually don’t know how to discern the voice of God from all others.

When do we have our time solely intended to attend to the voice of God? How do we find a time and space in which we have a deep conversation with God in the midst of all the busy schedules?

 “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10)

–Blessings in Christ!

Rev. Dr. Woojae Im

For more Musings from Pastor’s Office:

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November 2022 Musings

October 2022 Musings

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August 2022 Musings

June-July Musings

May 2022 Musings

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January 2022 Musings

 

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