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Weekly Home Worship 17 (July 12- July 18, 2020)

 

Call to Worship

Leader: God of life and love,

People: We rejoice in your abundant gifts.

Leader: God of all peoples and all places

People: We celebrate your generosity and grace

Leader: God of the earth and the heavens

People: We praise you for your provision

Leader: You visit the earth and water it

People: Softening it with showers and blessing its growth

Leader: You make springs gush forth in the valleys

People: From your lofty abode you water the mountains

Leader: God of life and love

People: We bless your holy name

 

Opening prayer

Almighty God, You have set before us the path

but we have wandered on our own

to try to find our way.

Remind us, parental God,

that we are always Your children,

that we are never fully grown up in Your sight,

that we always have much to learn.

Help us to seek You every day,

to acknowledge that we need Your wisdom and guidance,

and help us to return to the path and walk with You.

In the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn: Be Thou My Vision UMH 451

1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

naught be all else to me, save that thou art--

thou my best thought by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

 

2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou my great Father, I thy true son;

thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

 

Prayers & Concerns of People

Judy Weber Family (For comfort and healing for the loss)

Jen Busch Family(For comfort and healing for the loss)

For justice and peace of America

Healing & Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic emergency

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, Ila Schuster,

Joe Goeman, Paul Birkett.

David Fruit(For surgery)

John Hamilton(For healing and recovery)

Charlie Birkett (For healing and recovery)

Dan Thorne (For healing and recovery)

Joann Richards (For healing and recovery)

Greg Staskal (For healing and recovery)

Jacob Kavicky (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 and Nicole Sullivan(For healing and recovery)

Karen Slaght’s nephew, Bob Clark (For treatment and recovery)

Cuba City UMC (Safety of Congregation & Smooth transition of ministry)

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New Testament Lesson: Romans 8:1-11

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Leader: The word of God for people of God.

People: Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon: Where is the Way of Life? Romans 8:1-11

 

       The purpose of the Bible is to bring sinners to the field of salvation through Jesus Christ. The book of Romans is the best example of this in 66 books of the Bible. Especially Ch.8 is the crucial chapter in Romans that emphasizes human sin and human salvation through Jesus Christ. Therefore, I ask you to believe that you are invited to a special feast this morning to receive and drink the Bible's extracts. I sincerely pray that you will be worshiping the Spirit of the Lord faithfully with your thankful Spirit.

Last Sunday, we experienced intense emotion and grace through Paul's confession at 7:24, "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?" Didn't we? If you are a true Christian, you have to do good in the field of your faith life, but in reality, you must be ashamed to confess your sinfulness in evil and be converted so that it will not happen again.

       Today's text Romans Ch.8 is what we call the core of the Bible because it gives us a way to live a life of life. What is the end of our human frustration and despair? It is a sin and death due to sin. By the way, verses 1-3 most clearly solve our most significant challenge in one shot.

       V1 declares, "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Where is the more definite answer than this declaration? Every human being is concerned that one day he must stand before the judgment of God. However, Romans declares that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

       V 2 reveals why. The answer is that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus frees us from sin and death. No one under the law can free from sin, but those who believe in Jesus Christ have liberated from the law by replacing Jesus Christ with the sins of all people.

       Conditions are those in Jesus Christ or those who follow the Spirit of Jesus. Specifically, those in Jesus believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior and receive him and got a baptism with the Holy Spirit's fire. Therefore, the core of today's Word also results in the Holy Spirit. Do you remember last Sunday's sermon? What said about a true conversion? I said that it is a true conversion if you begin the life in Jesus and receive Jesus the cross and the Holy Spirit.

       Then how do you live living in the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit? V 5-9 explains it. Those who follow the flesh think of the work of the flesh. And those who follow the Spirit think of the work of the Spirit. Now, let's turn to ourselves which side we were chasing. I pray that you will live as following the Spirit and think and live in the Spirit from the moment you go out of the church door after this worship service.

       V6-8 explains why we should live with the mind of the Spirit.

First, the mind of the flesh is death; the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. Second, the mind of the flesh is hostile to God. It is a mind of evil because, in the flesh's mind, we don't submit to God's law nor can submit it.

Third, those who are in the mind of the flesh cannot please God because they are going to the path of death and become enemies of God.

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ! I believe that you know well that the work of the flesh, following the mind of the flesh, is the way of death, the way of evil, and the way of rebellion. Because we are people who live in this physical world with flesh, it is easy for us to confuse what corresponds to the mind of the flesh.

       Then, it is most important to point out the mind of the flesh and the body's work not to do the work of the body.

First, the body's mind or the work of the body may be distinguishable by the eyes of the world. These are immoral and unethical minds and actions we speak of in the world, and antisocial thoughts and actions. The criticism of society will deserve these minds, and it is clear that they are the minds of the flesh and work of the flesh.

Second, the body's minds or the work of the body may be difficult to distinguish even with the eyes of the world. Let's say something seems ethical, moral, and a good idea or a good thing that fits the social order. So the world can praise it, but even if it does, if God's presence and governance are not the basis on that thing, it is also a work of the flesh originating from the flesh's mind.

Third, the mind of the flesh or the body's work can intervene in worship and serving that seems to be the work of God. The most important thing is God should be in the center of the worshiper and the server. If it is not what God wants, it is what he thinks of the body and what he does the body’s work. Every worship and serving you offer should be a real sacrifice to God, not a form or a vain act. Only then will it become true worship and love that God wants, and it will be precious worship and serving where your spirit and the Spirit of God meet with joy. If you believe it, would you say Amen?

       Now that the mind of the flesh and the work of the flesh is defined, I hope that you will read V9 with the Spirit of Christ and wish to follow the Spirit's mind and leading. Let's read it together. "You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the Spirit's realm, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ." The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are the Holy Spirit. Whatever you do or whatever you think about, it is God's work to have the Holy Spirit in us and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and everything you do regardless of the Holy Spirit is your mind and your body.

       My Brothers and Sisters in Christ! It is the primary and most important lesson for us, Christians, to keep in mind. I believe you have fully understood why Romans 8 is the key in the Bible and the core of the core.

What lesson do you receive from today's text? Today, the learning is that who you are is due to the love and grace God has given you. Even now, you and I are believers in God, but we are too lacking in God's sight. Following Paul's confession, we admit and regret wrong, but we are too weak to live the life God wants. Isn't it a very fragile being that is so fragile that it is so easy to become a slave to the mind of the flesh and to fall undeniably due to pride, jealousy, and greed? However, the grace of God shines like the sun to us. With that great grace, we dare stand before God. It is the truly amazing grace of God.

       Even though we are so lacking, if we are in Christ and have the Spirit of Christ, we will never be condemned at the time of judgment. We know well that the only thing we can do to the unlimited love and grace is to give praise and glory with all our hearts and minds. And what we can do is to dwell in Christ and keep the Spirit of Christ always in us. To do this, we have to leave everything to God. Whatever you do, you must do it for the glory of God. We must live the life God wants. But can we do it by our power? Not at all! The only answer is it is possible with the Holy Spirit.

       Our age after Jesus' resurrection and ascension is the age of the Holy Spirit. You must be the ones who are held by the Holy Spirit, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit who walks with you, you can be as joyful as a bird flying in the air without any worries, and do the Lord's work with that joyful heart. Do you believe it? I want all of you to feel it.

       My Sisters and Brothers in Christ! There is no choice. I pray in the name of the Lord that you will be wise and voluntarily held by the Holy Spirit if you are dead-end. Let's shout it all together. Holy Spirit in me! Hold me whole and lead me! I also want to dwell in the Holy Spirit, so let me and the Holy Spirit be united. Amen. I bless all of you in the name of the Lord that God's comfort, blessing, glory, and recovery be with you forever. Let us give thanks and praise God for this glorious Gospel to us. Hallelujah!

 

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, or you may use online giving if you go to church website www.cubacityumc.org.

 

Closing Hymn: Trust and Obey UMH 467

1 When we walk with the Lord

in the light of his word,

what a glory he sheds on our way!

While we do his good will,

he abides with us still,

and with all who will trust and obey.

(Refrain) Trust and obey, for there's no other way

to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2 Not a burden we bear,

not a sorrow we share,

but our toil he doth richly repay;

not a grief or a loss,

not a frown or a cross,

but is blest if we trust and obey. (Refrain)

 

 Blessing

May the God of creation breathe on you,

May the God of all life sustain you,

May the God of all gods grant you forgiveness. Amen.