Eugene Cho

quest church services are cancelled BUT…

Due to Seattle’s version of Snowpocalypse, Quest Church is cancelling all three services for Sunday, December 21.  With safety in mind for the 500+ people that drive, cycle, and walk their way to church, the elders and I prayerfully made this decision.  I have to share that I feel a little strange since this is the first cancellation in the history of Quest but this is also a great opportunity.

This shouldn’t b excuse for us to play pagan and do nothing except watch football games, consume christmas cake and egg nog, and shovel snow.  We want to invite you to carve out some quality time tomorrow to  “Worship @ Home.”  While it’s an amazing experience to gather with fellow worshippers from the Quest family on Sundays, you don’t need a worship team, program, or minister to worship the Triune God.

Tomorrow, I want to encourage you to gather your family and perhaps, your nearby interested friends and Questers, and HOST a worship service at your home.  If you want, we’ll be posting a simple “Quest Worship @ Home” guide with liturgy, Scripture reading, Communion liturgy, prayer requests and announcement.  Also for those interested, I’ll also be posting a short sermon video.  These will be available both on the church website and on my blog early tomorrow morning.

In light of Sunday cancellation, we’re now even more excited about the annual Christmas Eve service on Wednesday, December 24 [7-8.15pm].

Check in tomorrow for the outline and sermon video.  Be safe.  Enjoy your sabbath.  But don’t forget to remember your Creator and Savior [Exodus 20:8].

Filed under: church, quest church, seattle

7 Responses

  1. alex oh says:

    Yes! First post.

    Darn, I was actually planning on going. But yes, last sunday was quite a ride. My car slid here and there quite a few times even when I was going slowly. Thanks for taking the time to post a sermon video.

  2. chad m says:

    dude. that’s a great idea. we are experiencing the same snow issues up north. i guess we’ll see who shows up!

  3. Erik H says:

    So, does that mean we can’t watch football at all?

  4. Does this mean that you will preach twice as long next week😉

    Have a great weekend and see you next week!

  5. Daniel says:

    “…While it’s an amazing experience to gather with fellow worshippers from the Quest family on Sundays, you don’t need a worship team, program, or minister to worship the Triune God…”

    If that is true, then I wonder why we are so reluctant to let go of those things, and worship God wherever we are, with whoever we are with…. Why do we feel that we are ‘playing pagan’ if we are not at an “official” gathering on Sundays….? Perhaps we put too high a premium on “amazing experiences” as defined by music, sermons, and large numbers of people in one place….

    Just trying to comprehend the irony of it all….

  6. This is not meant to be critical at all. As a Christ-follower who has come out of overly religious churches in the past, i am curious since i thought your church was an emerging kind of church. i honestly do not understand the need to pray about canceling a church service when there is an obvious snow storm in your city. The obvious thing to do is to cancel the service. Schools do it without prayer, so why can’t a church’s leadership use its common sense. i think G-D gives us brains to use but we fail to make use of it too often relying on G-D to be the daddy and tell us what to do.

    Also, there is NOTHING wrong with staying home from church and watching tv or whatever. It sounds so religious to me what you want your congregrants to do. Is it really going to damage their spiritual life if they don’t have a worship service in their homes? i have no problem with having one at home but it comes across so forced and religious.

    Happy Holidays!

    Warm Regards,

    Existential Punk

  7. eugenecho says:

    @daniel: playing “pagan” is my humor. sorry i’m not that funny.

    as for letting go, why do you make that assessment? because people go to a church building 7 days/week or they value gathering with other heart minded folks to do community and missions together?

    amazing experiences? now, i know for certain you’ve never been to quest. nothing amazing at all.

    @existential punk: it doesn’t sound critical at all but you’re more than welcome to. millions of people worship at their homes. the fastest growing segment in church “growth” is house churches so absolutely nothing wrong. if you want to stay home and watch TV, you’re welcome to. you’re an adult.

    as for the need to pray, we all have different spiritual rhythms. for us, we like to pray…

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There’s a moment from a few years ago that will stick with me until the day I die. It’s regarding Sung Wha, my mother.

Minhee and I were at a point of transition, between working at an ethnic Korean church in the northern suburbs of Seattle called Lynnwood and launching Quest in urban Seattle. As I shared earlier, I was in desperate need of a job. I had a mortgage to pay. A pregnant wife. A kid at home. 
Then, praise God, after months without work, I finally landed a job.

My mom was in between jobs at this point in her life. She was in her late fifties, but she had such bad knees and degenerative hips that it was, and is, difficult for her to walk. My mom is like a human barometer—when a storm is coming and when it rains, her hips throb. Although my parents lived in San Francisco, she was visiting us in Seattle to encourage us in this difficult season.

As I prepared to go to work one early morning, I walked downstairs to put on my jacket and shoes, and forgot that my mother woke up early every morning to pray. In fact, she had been praying for months that I would find a job. “Eugene, where are you going?” she said when she saw me.

I hadn’t told my mother the news that I had just recently been hired for the janitorial gig at Barnes and Noble. I chose not to because I thought she and my father would be devastated. I didn’t want them to think that after laboring, sacrificing, and doing so much for us over all those years that their son had failed them.

But I couldn’t lie to her, so eventually I told my mom that I got a job and was going to work. “Great! What job? What are you doing?” “Um, I’m working at Barnes and Noble as their custodian,” I said finally.

Without asking another question, my mother got up from the dining table where she had been reading her Bible and praying. She slowly walked slowly toward me.

She approached me, then walked past me without saying a word, and I realized she was headed toward the closet. She opened the closet door, put on her jacket, turned around and said to me (in Korean), “Eugene, let’s go together. I will help you.” This is my mother.

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