Please forgive me as I somehow managed to drop my phone during one part of the sermon.  I hope you get a laugh from it and it makes your day as I laughed at myself for it.  Hopefully it will help me to remember my tripod next time.  ;)  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CHURCH SERVICE

 

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Weekly Home Worship 18 (July 19- July 25, 2020)

 

Call to Worship

Leader: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

People: Surely, God is in this place

and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

Leader: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

People: That we may share God’s love and life,

may we be renewed

in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

Leader: The living Christ is with us.

People: Praise the Lord!

 

 

Opening prayer

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Father, Creator and Sustainer,

who gives all good things seen and unseen.

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Son, Savior and Redeemer,

who died for our sins and rose again.

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Spirit, Teacher and Comforter,

who moves us to sing “Our God reigns!”

In you alone we put our hope. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling UMH 384

1 Love Divine, all love excelling,

  Joy of heav’n, to earth come down;

Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,

  All Thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, Thou art all compassion;

  Pure, unbounded love Thou art;

Visit us with Thy salvation,

Enter every trembling heart.

2 Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit

  Into every troubled breast;

Let us all in Thee inherit,

  Let us find the promised rest.

Take away the love of sinning;

  Alpha and Omega be;

End of faith, as its beginning,

  Set our hearts at liberty.

 

Prayers & Concerns of People

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

Judy Weber 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 recovery)

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: Matthew13:31-33

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.

32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

 

33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

 

Leader: The word of God for people of God.

People: Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon: How to be a Living Church, Matthew13:31-33 

 

       Good morning everyone! I have two Sundays include today in Cuba City. Practically today is my last sermon because next Sunday's preachers are confirmation students. Therefore, this morning I want to say about the living church as my final sermon. The church should be everlasting vitality as a body of Jesus. How about the churches now? If the church is alive, no environment will be a problem. But the church does not seem to be alive actively. I hear a lot of blaming the environment in many churches. What is the vitality of church? Our Church, Jesus says in John14: 6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Therefore, a living church means a church that has the life of Jesus. A viable church has the same strength because the church in the name of Jesus had power. The world has begun to change because of the vitality of the church. The work of life has already started through the church, and it became the nature of the church.

      How does a viable church act according to the scripture text today? One is like a mustard seed planted in a field. The mustard seed is the smallest seed of the grain, and because the small thing has life, the power of life let mustard tree becomes big enough for birds to come and nest. It is the image of the church with vitality. We can tell by thinking of the Jesus disciples of the early church, and they were frail people. There is no education, no riches, and no power. Therefore, the disciples of Jesus were despised and disgruntled in the world. However, they had potential as a church of Christ for the hungry or sick people. So the people of disciples' church were not to boast. After Jesus resurrected and ascended, with the power of the Holy Spirit, they began to expand the church, the life of Jesus, the kingdom of God, in this world. The church has dominated the world because the weak people who have nothing to love in the world come together and have the vitality to proclaim Jesus. So, today, millions of people who believe in Jesus are also born in the world. Because the church has life, the weak individual can gather together to form a large tree, the church.

 

       The second one is like yeast, which makes all the flour inflated. It is to inflate all the flour with a little yeast. Jesus now speaks of the vitality of leaven. The dynamism of yeast is silent. Yeast inflates the flour, and there is no dissonance at all. As yeast changes a lot without noise, there is no dissonance in a viable church. A viable church is changing the environment without noise. It is to build the kingdom of Christ without making noise or dissonance. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:20, "The kingdom of God is not in words, but power." When Jesus' life is in the church, no one will be useless. This ability is the vitality of leaven. Also, the energy of yeast is tireless. It does not stop at any difficulty and does not rest until it blows up all capacity. Church never give up and be disappointed.

       What about the church today? Is today's church a viable church that has the life of Jesus? A viable church conquers the world. A viable church transforms the world. A viable church does not make a problem. A viable church is not tired. A viable church is not discouraged. As Jesus is the church, we are a church as we are a branch of the church body, Jesus. Do we have this life of Jesus? What is wrong with us today? Are we saying that church is in a difficult situation now? Are we saying that church is in financial difficulty? The most important question for us is whether we have the life of Jesus or not. While we are getting weak by focusing more on the fun from the world, our church is getting weak in power.

       Having the life of Jesus, Paul didn’t blame the environment and didn’t despair or resent. He did not give up the work of evangelizing while feeling the danger of life. He did not stop proclaiming the gospel to the people who did not know Jesus even though they severely persecuted him. Do you know why? Because Paul found Jesus was the way, the truth, and the life through the resurrection of Jesus, and it was the church. I am finding Paul’s realization and understanding to be a viable church in 1 Thessalonians 5. "Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

       My Sisters and Brothers in Christ! Our Christian joy transcends the environment. If the environment dominates the Christian, it will never be the will of God. We, Christians, have a pleasure despite COVID-19 because we believe Jesus Christ is with us. He showed it by overcoming death. We can rejoice in danger, crisis, and even in grieving for dying or loss. Of course, living as Christians also leads to concerns, worries, and problems. But we can always rejoice because of the way of life, the truth, and the life of Jesus Christ, the joy that the Holy Spirit gives us are more significant than the problems and tribulations of the world. God says to us today, "Always be joyful." The word 'always' means rejoice in all circumstances; whenever you are healthy, when you are sick, when you fall, when there is despair or a problem, whenever, wherever, or whatever.

Do you want to fulfill God's will in this world as a viable church?

If so, always be happy. I ask you again. Can you rejoice always? That is the will of God toward you. Would you say Amen?

      The second thing Paul asked us is, "Do not rest, pray!" Prayer is the attitude of the mind to look to God, depend on God, and follow God. A prayer is an act of acknowledging God as the Almighty, and prayer is an active attitude to bring God into our hearts and lives. God is pleased with those who pray. God wants to work for those who pray and to show His will to those who pray. No matter how challenging the environment is, if the prayer does not fall, the ability to beat the world will emerge. We can also gain the knowledge and wisdom of God and receive the help of God through prayer. No matter how hard we are, we have to pray; even if praying is very difficult, and we hate to do, we have to pray to be a viable church. Jesus tells us to pray, not to rest. He says to us to pray and not to be always disappointed. Other than prayer, we cannot stand firmly as a viable church. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them (James 5:15). The prayer and petition of you become the spark of the power to make your church viable (James 5:16). I ask you again, can you pray continually to be a viable church?  Would you say Amen?

       The last thing Paul asked us is, "Give thanks in all circumstances." The Christian must be grateful in all circumstances. No matter how sad or sick we are, we will find God's will and seek the condition of thanksgiving. It is such a necessary condition to be a viable church.

       My Sisters and Brothers in Christ! Even if you are in a challenging environment, if you look at the eyes of faith, you will see many thanksgiving conditions. I ask you again, can you give thanks to God in any circumstances to be a viable church?

       My Sisters and Brothers in Christ! You are all individual church itself. And all of us together make our Cuba City UMC. To build our church as a viable church, we must be a mustard seed or yeast to show the high power of life to cover our neighbors in our love and yield rich fruit in harmony.

What is wrong with our church today? Is our church in difficulty because of the environment? No, it is not. If our church is in trouble, it is from the problem that we do not have the life of Jesus in us, the passion to desire, and resemble Jesus in us. Do you believe it?

Let's proclaim together. “I will always rejoice, pray continually, and give thanks to God in any circumstances to be a viable church of Christ.”

Thanks be to God for this glorious gospel! 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, or you may use online giving if you go to church website www.cubacityumc.org.

 

Closing Hymn: Spirit of the living God UMH 393

 

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me,

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

 

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

Melt us, mold us, fill us, use us,

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

 

 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.

 

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name;

you are mine.”

 

Isaiah 43:1