Services, Meditation and Prayer Requests
Postponed till further notice (See updates on main page)
Fall/Winter/Spring Sunday Worship: September-May @ 10 AM.
Wednesday Night "ALIVE" Children's Program from 5:30-6:30pm with a snack being served for the children. (See the Wednesday Night "ALIVE" tab for more info)
Youth Group goes from 6:00-7:30pm
Summer Sunday Worship: June-August @ 9 AM
No Wednesday night activities or worship during the summer hours
World Day of Prayer was a great day. Good food, fellowship and speakers made for a great day.
Both old and young enjoyed the Christmas Spirit at the Christmas Eve candlelight service.
We remembered the birth of Jesus Christ through songs and scripture.
Wed. Night Alive!
Wed. Night Alive will "kick off" the year starting at 5:30. The evening will start with snack followed by Bible stories, crafts, music and conclude around 6:30 pm. We are hoping all children will enjoy activating their faith during this time.
Classes for the year are as follows:
Pre-school and kindergarten - Dana Mitchell
Grades 1 and 2 - Jessica Link
Grades 3 and 4 - Jan Davis
Grades 5 and 6 - Jan Davis
Youth Group - Grades 7th and up - Kristi Kavicky
If you would like to donate to Wednesday Night please talk to Jan Davis about what you can bring. Healthy and easy snacks are nice.
The children's weekly offerings will be going to a monthly mission project.
We are collecting for Operation Christmas Child. Items or monetary donations are accepted.
From time to time substitute teachers will be needed. If you would be interested in being a substitute teacher, please let Pastor Hee-Kwon or Jan know.
If you have questions or concerns about Wed. Night Alive or want to be a part of the program, please ask!
Our Wednesday Night "ALIVE" meets every Wednesday from September through May.
Snacks start at 5:30 pm followed by our children's program (K - 6th grade) till 6:30pm.
Youth Group starts at 6:00 pm till 7:30 (7th grade and up)
(See Jr. High tab & CCUMC Kids tab for more info)
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 11 (May 31- June 6, 2020)
Invitation to Worship
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit,
People: The wind of God, the breath of Life.
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit,
People: Our Advocate, our Counselor.
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit,
People: Teacher of Wisdom, Reminder of Christ.
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit,
People: Granter of forgiveness, giver of peace.
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit,
People: May we feel God breathing through our worship.
May we receive the Holy Spirit in this place. Amen.
the wind of your Spirit is the very sign of life
for all who long for you.
One breath from you and we are rescued
from the arid valley of dry bones,
given muscles and sinews and joy with which to praise you,
and filled with the holy hope you grant to all your faithful children.
Let our whole lives be filled with the life-breath of the Spirit,
that what has lain dormant may burst into bloom,
and what looks to us to be death
may be revealed as but sleep
before the emergence of new life. Amen.
Opening Hymn:Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty UMH 64 (1, 2)
1 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
2 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.
Prayers & Concerns of People
Sue Kraus Family(For loss, comfort and healing)
Healing & Recovery from 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, Polly….)
Nursing Home Residents: David Stephens, Dorothy Voss, Ila Schuster,
Joe Goeman, Paul Birkett.
Greg Staskal(For healing and recovery)
Jerry Evanoff(For healing and recovery)
David Stephens(For healing and recovery)
Joe Orton(For healing and recovery)
Jacob Kavicky(For healing and recovery)
Don & Lois Booth(For healing and recovery)
Bob Curtis(For healing and recovery)
Glen & Marge Curtis(For healing and recovery)
Tammy’s friends: Megan, Wendy (For healing and recovery)
Tim Noyce’ brother Tom (For healing from cancer)
Janice Morgan’s friend Pam(For healing from cancer and comfort from losing her mom)
Lon’s wife Judy Weber(For healing and recovery)
Karen Slaght’s nephew, Bob Clark (For healing and recovery)
WI UMC Conference (UM Churches)
Cuba City UMC (Reopening Worship Service)
Nation and states’ leaders for their leadership and decisions.
@@ Please share your prayer concerns, if you have or know, with pastor and congregation.
New Testament Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:3-13
3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Leader: The word of God for people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.
Sermon: About the Gifts You Received from God
Today is the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit. It is a gift that cannot be separated when referring to the Holy Spirit. So this morning, my sermon focuses on gifts. The Greek word 'charisma' means 'a gift given freely' and 'a gift of grace.' It refers to the functions given as a gift from God. The Scripture text, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 says, “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”
Nine gifts appear here as follows; a message of wisdom, a message of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues.
'A message of wisdom' refers to the practical ability to apply God's Word to the field of life. ‘A message of Knowledge' refers to the intellectual capacity to understand and teach the Word of God. 'Faith' refers to the ability to use Christ's power specifically. It is the ability to break through hardships and difficulties, such as our corona crisis. 'Gifts of healing' refers to the ability to cure a disease. It is the ability to heal each condition to make the gospel effective. 'Miraculous powers' refers to the ability to cause many miracles other than healing. 'Prophecy' refers to the ability to know God's revelation and foretell about the future. 'Distinguishing between spirits' refers to the ability to discern the lessons and history of evil spirits and the ability to judge hidden sins. 'Speaking in different kinds of tongues' is the ability to speak for spiritual fellowship in a way that you cannot understand. 'Interpretation in tongues' refers to the ability to interpret dialects that cannot catch in words that others can understand.
Romans 12:6-8 speaks of gifts besides, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Six gifts are prophecy, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and showing mercy.
The Scripture text of this morning tells gifts that appeared in the Corinthian Church at that time, mainly mysterious gifts, and Romans12:6-8 focus on the Roman church and mainly personal gifts. So we can say that Gifts vary by region and time. Today, we still live in a variety of gifts.
Various gifts can classify three categories. The first is educational gifts; knowledge, wisdom, teaching, counseling, and leading. The second is volunteer gifts, serving, hospitality, and showing mercy. The third is competent gifts; faith, evangelism, prayer, prophecy, 'speaking in different kinds of tongues, interpretation in languages, distinguishing between spirits, gifts of healing, and miraculous powers.
I told you the gift is a gift from the Holy Spirit. It gives for the benefit of personal faith and the ministry of the church community. It provides for good, so there are certain conditions. First, there must be the desire of the recipient. Gifts come to those who yearn, so we must dream. I want you to be eager for the gift. Second, you have to find it. When God sends you to this world, he has hidden the gift that will act for the mission. Therefore, I pray that you will discover the potential gifts as the Lord's servants.
Third, we need to develop it from the inner heart. In some cases, gifts are temporarily effective supernaturally, but in many cases, they gradually appear through training. If you feel the need for the talent for community you love, or if there is something you see in your ministry, you need to practice it.
Fourth, it would be best if you used it. Even if a gift comes to you, it will be nothing if you do not use it. It must be used and refined with the permission of the community. Fifth, moderation is also necessary. Gifts are ultimately for the work of the church community, so they must stop when there is no virtue or adverse reaction to the work.
Therefore, we need to know that the Holy Spirit's gift may be damaging to the church and be careful not to use it. First, verse 11 says, "All these are the work of the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines." So no matter what position, job, or gift you have, you shouldn't be more proud than others. Conversely, you should not have an inferiority complex. 1 Peter 4:10 commands us. "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." It is a golden rule about gifts in the church. Please keep in mind.
Second, gifts can come by evil spirits and sometimes by the Holy Spirit. Even the gifts given by the Holy Spirit can misuse for sinful nature or evil spirits along the way. Doing so can be devastating and not beneficial to your faith or the ministry of the church community. Therefore, we must always strive to discern while developing or utilizing gifts. Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit and the human spirit that believes in Jesus to gain salvation, so those who deny it are not the Holy Spirit's work. Third, it is not the work of the Holy Spirit that violates the Bible. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit who works with the Word, works in the Word, and leads into it. Lessons, contrary to the Bible, are not the work of the Holy Spirit.
My brothers and sisters in Christ! The church community is the body of Christ. Its head is Christ. Therefore, the church and the congregations must exist for Christ and follow Christ. We must live only for Jesus Christ and be the follower of Christ. As a part of the community, we must worship, associate, serve, and devote ourselves to Jesus Christ. Let Christ rule the church. We must not let our greed dominate our church.
My brothers and sisters in Christ! The church community is one who has received one Holy Spirit. 'Baptism' means 'washing' and 'purifying.'
The baptism of the Holy Spirit refers to being washed away by the Holy Spirit. Holy baptism occurs when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. When you believe in Jesus, it is the moment of born again with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, who once came in when you buy, does not leave in you, the believer. The Holy Spirit confirms that we are the children of God within us, that we can understand sin, that we know God's Word, that we have faith and enthusiasm, and that we know the gifts necessary for ministry. We should believe in Jesus in the church community, receive salvation and gifts, and finally, we become one body in the Holy Spirit.
O, Spirit God of Pentecost comes to us in our present crisis. Raise and renew the life we have lost. Let's follow and obey the Holy Spirit's leadership, who is the comforter, wonderful counselor, and refuge in our pandemic crisis. Let's have flaming hot faith, gather every hope from every mouth, and share love one another in God. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Prayer for Offering
Generous God, here are our gifts of time;
here are our gifts of talents; here are our gifts of money;
building stones for Your Kingdom,
awaiting shaping and placing within Your loving purpose. Amen.
## Your offering and contribution support our church and ministry. You may send to Financial Secretary Tammy Wilson, 29979 Back Road, Cuba City WI 53807, or you may use online giving if you go to church website www.cubacityumc.org.
Closing Hymn: This Is My Father’s World UMH 144 (1, 2)
1.This is my Father's world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.
2.This is my Father's world,
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world,
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.
May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with us now and forever. Amen.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine.”