Pastor Sermons

Pastor David Jolly

Take My Yoke Upon You- but Why?

Take my yoke upon you… But why? Why would we take a yoke? Well you might take on a yoke if doing so didn’t add to your burden but instead lifted the burden. The ancient yokes often had a movable pin or connecting bar that went to the plow or wagon. The pin could be...

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Living Water

Years ago, someone who had stopped coming to church on Sundays before I was appointed to that church explained to me the reason why: “I enjoy reading the Sunday New York Times while having breakfast in bed.  And I can get more out of it than coming to church.”  I...

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Love, Communication, Communion

Last Sunday Rabbi Shohama and I led the Memorial Service for Diana Gunzl, a daughter of Violet Smith.  As you know, Rabbi Shohama still waits for the Messiah to come, while I as a Methodist believe Jesus Christ as the Messiah already came, died, is risen, and will...

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Jesus’ Commandment: “Love One Another.”

Last Sunday President Emmanuel Macron at the age of 39 driving up the Champs-Élysées in a military vehicle and the epaulets on Ms. Macron's inauguration jacket and its shiny double-breasted rows of buttons and her skirt above her bare knees at the age of 64 clearly...

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On Mother’s Day and the 5th Anniversary Memorial Day

Today Emmanuel Macron takes his office as the new president of France at his age of 39.  The French people seem to prefer gossiping about Macron’s love affair with Brigitte, the first lady of the country, to the French politics.  She told Paris Match: “At the age of...

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My Poverty and the Good Shepherd

Last Tuesday afternoon, I visited Jophille at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, along with Lucia.  We met also Mina and Andy, her parents, who had  been there from 6 AM until midnight every day.  After the hospital visit we met Lucia’s sisters, the twins, at the 9/11...

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Love A Stranger

In the New Room in Bristol, built by John Wesley in 1739, the oldest Methodist chapel in the world, I happened to meet a stranger in front of the statue of John Wesley riding on a horseback.  It was the last Friday when I had a brief conversation with that stranger. ...

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Christ Is Risen

At the beginning of my ministry as a United Methodist pastor in the US, the first thing I did was to go to the Holy Land as a pilgrim, because at that time I realized that my pilgrimage would be my number one asset for the rest of my pastoral life.  A vacation means...

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My God, my God Why Have You Forsaken Me?

The Met Fifth Avenue exhibited “Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven” until January 8, 2017.  Now it displays “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220).”  The reason why I often spend my time in many museums of New York...

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Come Out! Lazarus!

I visited Diana at Montefiore Hospital 5 times.  It was at my 4th visit with her when she was getting better.  So I spoke with her pleasantly.  Actually it was a form of my prayer spoken in my ordinary, mundane, conversational words with her, not in a formal prayer...

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Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Last Monday, I was honored to officiate at the gravesite service for Vivian Nelin, Linda’s mother, at the magnificent Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel.  She died peacefully not in a nursing home but in her own home at 105.  After the service Lucia and I were also honored to...

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Jesus’ Discourse with a Woman at Jacob’s Well

Last Sunday I began my sermon with Amy Rosenthal’s “Modern Love” column, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” published in The Sunday New York Times on March 12, 2017.  The next day on March 13, 2017, Monday, she died.  According to The New York Times Obituaries on...

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Be Born of Spirit!

“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)  Jesus says to Nicodemus.  Recently I heard such a sound of it, reading Amy K....

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Three Temptations of the Church in the Wilderness

Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights, and was tempted in the wilderness by the devil.  If we can say that the church represents Jesus, and thus the church’s mission also represents Jesus’ mission, we can see Jesus’ struggle with the devil in the wilderness is...

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Who Is Jesus Christ For Us Today?

In the US the highest rate of the TV commercial advertisement fee per second is made during the Super Bowl Game.  During the last Super Bowl Game, we were bombarded with so many commercials paid by the auto industry, fashion industry, construction industry and food...

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Be Perfect As Your Heavenly Father Is Perfect!

First of all, I have learned from the churches that they are like kindergarten. As I preached before, I agree with a retired French priest who summarized what he had learned from listening to his parishioners’ secret confessions for 15 years into two things: “First of all, people are much more unhappy than one thinks… and then, the fundamental fact is that there’s no such thing as a grown-up person…”

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Madness in Love

According to today’s gospel text, anger can be a cause of murder.  Looking at a woman lustfully can lead a man to commit adultery.  Adultery can be a legal ground for divorce.  In addition to anger, lust, and divorce, Jesus teaches one more lesson about oaths.  No one...

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Salt and Light of the World

“A Green Bay Packer fan was enjoying himself at the game in a packed Lambeau Field, until he noticed an empty seat down in front. So, he went down and asked the guy next to it if he knew whose seat it was. The guy said, “Yes, that’s my wife’s seat. We have never missed a game since the Lombardi days, but now my wife is dead.” The fan offered his sympathy and said it was really too bad he couldn’t find some relative to give the ticket to and enjoy the game together. “Oh no,” the guy said, “They’re all at the funeral.”

I read this joke somewhere, although I can’t remember the source of it. Anyway, I heard some husbands cry in front of their wives’ death, but smile in turning around. Is it true?

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Church Calendar

Oct
22
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
After the Sunday School sermon, the children and teens participate in their classes downstairs. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. The children also take part in the sacrament of communion.
Oct
29
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
After the Sunday School sermon, the children and teens participate in their classes downstairs. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. The children also take part in the sacrament of communion.
Nov
5
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
After the Sunday School sermon, the children and teens participate in their classes downstairs. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. The children also take part in the sacrament of communion.
Nov
12
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
After the Sunday School sermon, the children and teens participate in their classes downstairs. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. The children also take part in the sacrament of communion.