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Please pray for the following:
Jerry Evanoff Greg Staskal
Sue Kraus David Stephens
Brad Goeman (for healing) Mary Lou Scadden
Jacob Kavicky Don Booth
Lois Booth Kaila Wilson
Medical and especially laboratory workers who are working around the clock to do the testing with the overwhelming number of specimens to test and the fear of running out of supplies due to nationwide shortages
Those who are employed in essential businesses such as banks, gas stations, pharmacies and grocery stores who could come in contact with sick people.
Also for our businesses who are restaurants and bars. They need your support in using their carry out/delivery services so they can afford to stay in business.
Pray for coronavirus pandemic to end
God, please heal this land
Weekly Home Worship (March 29- April 4, 2020)
Invitation to Worship
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is with you"
"Also be with you."
"God's mercy is eternal."
Healing God, we come together in our brokenness,
to call to you in your mercy, to make us whole again.
Wholeness–giving God, listen to our prayers, we pray.
Restoring God, we gather to worship you, even as
we hopefully seek to be renewed and restored again.
God, our Quiet-Center, listen to our prayers this day.
Foundational God, we come to praise and thank you!
In the depths of your Holy Being we find peace and rest.
God – our Beginning and our End, we hope always in you. Amen.
Hymn: Precious Lord, Take My Hand, UMH 474 (1, 2)
1. Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I’m weak, I’m lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
2. When my way grows drear
precious Lord linger near
When my light is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
Prayers & Concerns of People
COVID-19 Pandemic emergency
Those who are employed in essential businesses (banks, gas stations, pharmacies and grocery stores, etc)
All medical and laboratory workers who fight for COVID 19
(Our church’s Healthcare workers: Carolyn, Cassie, Deb, Jen, Kate, Kelsey, Kristi, Medley, Stacey….)
Nursing Home Residents: David Stephens, Dorothy Voss, Ila Schuster, Joe Goeman, Paul Birkett
Sue Kraus(For healing and recovery)
Greg Staskal(For healing and recovery)
Jerry Evanoff(For healing and recovery)
David Stephens(For healing and recovery)
Brad Goeman (For healing and recovery)
Mary Lou Scadden(For healing and recovery)
Jacob Kavicky(For healing and recovery)
Don & Lois Booth(For healing and recovery)
Kaila Wilson(For healing and recovery)
@@ Please share your prayer concerns, if you have or know, with pastor and congregation.
Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 130
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
The place called 'the depths' in verse 1 is that your life is in the deepest despair, pain, and incredible difficulty, crying out to God for help to avoid it. Verse 2 says, "Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy." The psalmist is to ask the Lord to listen to him/her, earnestly crying out to God to repent and ask salvation.
Verse 3 says, "If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?" It is an excellent confession that God is the only controller. God is the one who inspects sin, and God sees everything we have done deep in the dark night. So we are sinners who cannot escape from God's sight, and we cannot hide, but who can stand before the Lord if God says that I am inspecting you?
Everyone is a sinner. Romans 3:23-24 said, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." When you realized that you don't pay for the sins you committed and realized that Jesus suffered instead, and when you became believed by the Holy Spirit, then you sincerely repented in the name of Jesus before God and forgiven. God would say, "Since you have now repented, the sinner changed into a righteous man. So you became righteous. I will make you my Son. I will give the Holy Spirit as the Comforter again to you so that you will live for heaven and take you to heaven."
In verse 4, the psalmist said, "But with you, there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you." If God overlooks us with sin, no one can stand because no one is without sin before God. However, since I know that God has established measures to forgive sins as the ransom of the Son Jesus Christ, and God is pleased to forgive my sins, I dare to open my mouth before God to repent and have mercy. It is to appeal and seek forgiveness from God.
Why did God provide a measure for the sinner to be saved by repenting and confessing his faith by sacrificing his only Son? The reason is, 'I serve the Lord with reverence.' When you know the ransom grace through the suffering and sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ forgave you for the sins of the hell, and the curse, Heavenly Father made me, and you realize that we had a considerable debt in front of God. I bless you in the name of the Lord that the grace that redeemed sinners like me, and you would be so grateful and sacrificed your only sons to redeem us and serve you fearfully before the God who made you a child of him. I ask you to love the Son through the revelation, illumination, inspiration, and experience of the Holy Spirit, trust in the ransom, and repent as the Holy Spirit repents.
Now, God has sent the Holy Spirit, the Comforter as a righteous man without sin, and registered us in the kingdom of heaven as a son or daughter to call God as Abba Father.
In verse 5, the confession that "I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits and in his word, I put my hope" because the word God gives me is my direction. From now on, I will have to live my life with faith and live as God's possessions forgiven by the blood of Jesus. I pray in the name of the Lord that you will live as children of God fulfilling your duties.
Verse 6 says, "I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning." Both the self-problem and the problems of all the people of Israel were too wrong before God. So the psalmist repents and shows God how to repent and how he waits for God's grace.
My sisters and brothers in Christ! Proverbs 19:23 proclaims that "the fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble." Even if the devil tries to ruin our lives with any snare and disaster, God will take care of us as a child when we repent and return to God's arms.
My sisters and brothers in Christ! Who would have thought this worldwide COVID-19? Through this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, God teaches us to realize who the ruler of the world is and what our priority is. Let us be prepared to stand in front of the Lord when he calls and live a religious life with humility and obedience. When you go on serving God with thanksgiving, God fills our lacking lives with grace and mercy. I bless you in the name of the Lord to invite God in your daily life. Our God is the generous God of all that fills your space of isolation and loneliness with overflowing blessing in this panic time. God is with you always. Amen.
Prayer for Offering
O God, accept and bless these gifts which we offer in response
to the gracious gift of your life-giving Spirit to us.
May these gifts and our lives be used to flesh out
your love and justice, mercy and peace
as they are revealed in and through Jesus,
your Son and our Savior. Amen
## Your offering and contribution support our church and ministry. You may send to Financial Secretary Tammy Wilson, or you may use online giving if you go to church website www.cubacityumc.org.
Closing Hymn: Be Still, My Soul, UMH 534 (1, 2)
1. Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to your God to order and provide;
in every change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
2. Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
to guide the future as he has the past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
May the blessing and care of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Mercy, and Master, be with you and remain with you always! Amen.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine.”
Hazel Green Food Pantry Hours: Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am - 10:30 am. The food pantry is closed all holiday weekends.
We support the Hazel Green Food Pantry every month by collecting a requested item.
Mac and Cheese
The first Sunday of every month we take a mission offering. We chose projects throughout the year that touch the lives of either the local, national or world.
The monthly mission offering for
February and March
will be going to
Feed My Starving Children
will be going to
Hospital Ministries Program
Dear leaders and congregations of Cuba City UMC,
Although none of us has a perfect manual for this public health risk of COVID 19, we as the church exist for such a time as this.
First and foremost, I wish you and your family good health, and pray that the peace of Almighty God will be with you in this situation.
What follows is my Ministry Plan for COVID 19 effective from this week.
This plan is intended to have us on the same page, to ensure critical ministry takes place, to help every congregation in church connection.
Ministry Plan for COVID 19 Emergency
1. Events & Building Closure:
-All in-person events, including worship, meals and other public gatherings, are suspended until further notice.
-The building and offices are closed.
-Staffs, unless ill, may access the building for necessary functions.
2. Plan for Communication
-We will utilize e-mail, Web-page (www.cubacityumc.org), SNS(if available), postal mail and telephone to connect with congregation & community. Please share any concerns and news with your pastor and congregation. We are helping and prayer community. Let’s be in connection by any possible communication tool and be the supporters one another.
Church Phone: 608-744-2538, church email:cubaumc@outlook,com
-We will collect all concerns and help-needed from congregations, and try to be helping hands as much as we can.
3. Plan for Spiritual Needs and Home Worship
-We are God's people and praying community of God. Let’s begin our prayer chain for all people. We utilized our prayer chain for urgent prayer requests. However, in this CORVID 19 emergency, I ask all congregations to pray for all other brothers and sisters in our church, community, and nation & world. We cannot meet in person but If possible, we can pray at the same time (at 8 AM and 8PM) in our different place.
-We will not make Sunday Worship service at the church until further notice. Because we have limitation to use online technology for all congregations, I will prepare a weekly news and messages for all to use for information and home worship service. It will be delivered to you by email or postal mail as you wish.
4. Plan for Children, Youth and Confirmation Class.
-We will not make ‘Wednesday Night Alive’ ‘Youth Program’ and ‘Confirmation Class’ until further notice.
-For the confirmation class, I ask all confirmation class students to study your text book according to our class schedule at home. And an important homework is to memorize what I assigned to you in class.
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, all of you are precious God’s children to Cuba City UMC. I pray for your safety, health and wellness in God's care. Let’s keep in touch in healing power of Jesus Christ. Any ideas and recommendations to overcome this emergency is welcomed.
We will overcome this emergency situation in God’s Grace and Mercy.
God is always with you!
Pastor Hee Kwon Jung