FPCLA Worship September 25, 2022

four community hands interlocked


I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the Fall season…although it seems Los Angeles only has two season: sunny and cloudy…hehe. I do miss the changing of leaves and the spectrum of reds in the leaves. Yet, I don’t miss the cold as I grew up most of my youth in SoCal. Changing of seasons are markers of life for me. Every season, I take time to reflect and see how I have changed and how much I have learned. I hope you all can do the same. Fall Blessings!

Sermon: Too Late?
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31 The Message

19-21 “There once was a rich man, expensively dressed in the latest fashions, wasting his days in conspicuous consumption. A poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, had been dumped on his doorstep. All he lived for was to get a meal from scraps off the rich man’s table. His best friends were the dogs who came and licked his sores.

22-24 “Then he died, this poor man, and was taken up by the angels to the lap of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell and in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham in the distance and Lazarus in his lap. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, mercy! Have mercy! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool my tongue. I’m in agony in this fire.’

25-26 “But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you got the good things and Lazarus the bad things. It’s not like that here. Here he’s consoled and you’re tormented. Besides, in all these matters there is a huge chasm set between us so that no one can go from us to you even if he wanted to, nor can anyone cross over from you to us.’

27-28 “The rich man said, ‘Then let me ask you, Father: Send him to the house of my father where I have five brothers, so he can tell them the score and warn them so they won’t end up here in this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham answered, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets to tell them the score. Let them listen to them.’

30 “‘I know, Father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but they’re not listening. If someone came back to them from the dead, they would change their ways.’

31 “Abraham replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.’”


  1. We have in person worship at 1:15pm and remote worship.   There is no fellowship hour afterwards, but instead will head out for meal and drinks after we make the homeless bags/boxes for the food pantry. 
  2. FPCLA’s 4th Bday on October 9, 2022.  We will be going out for ate lunch/early dinner on October 9th after we make the homeless bags/boxes for the food pantry.  Please come and celebrate.
  3. On October 6th, 2022 from 6pm-9pm we will be screening, Chosen, directed by Joseph Juhn, which tells the story of 5 Asian American politicians running for congress.  Our very own David Kim who is running for CD34 is in the main story line in the documentary. David recently joined FPCLA, and he has shared with me his beautiful story of being Queer and a PK!   Both will be present at the screening.  RSVP 

  5. If you have the means, please give to FPCLA.


Pastor Sam


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