Monday, November 18, 2019

Lord, Hear Our Prayers (The Week of November 18, 2019)

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and 
unsearchable things you do not know." (Jeremiah 33:3)

"O Lord, Hear My Prayer!" by Jude Roldan, 2015 Festival Chorus
Hi Family!!! 

It is quite gloomy weather this morning without a sun which is hiding from us now. However, it means we still have a sun up there! It is just temporarily not seen from our eyes. So our new day and our new week is not so pessimistic at all since it will come out sooner or later. Furthermore, we are very optimistic in our life because our God is always here with us faithfully, saying “You are my children, the children of light!” So we are ready to begin our new day with this bright reminder from our living God today! Now we have our prayer list updated for this week. Let us continue to call upon the name of the Lord to take whatever comes in our life as an opportunity to testify God’s power and love for us! This is our reason why we have to experience God’s power of healing today in every aspect of our life. Our songs of joy and thanksgiving will never end!

Hallelujah moment!
God’s presence in every moment of our life!
Ann’s husband – open heart surgery went well
Sunjoo’s father’s surgery went well
Clark and Carla’s son getting married, their wedding plan next year.

New Requests
Margaret W.’s surgery this Wednesday
Eileen D.’s emergency total hip replacement surgery on Monday  
Andrea, Joslyn’s cousin in Norway, preparing his next step of his life as well as his family and their faith.
Sunjoo’s father’s recovery from the surgery and her trip back home this week
Casey for traveling mercy
Sharon and Ken for their health condition
Pat for her recovery at North Terrace
Adam and Maggie expecting twin baby girls for her healthy delivery this week

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Wisconsin Conference's new Delegation to represent not just Wisconsin Conference but God’s will in the future as they become able to see what God's will is for Christ’s Church; Our United Methodist Community of Faith - for God’s healing, healing for our wounded-ness and brokenness and for God’s guiding light in our every steps to follow only the Holy Spirit so that we don’t miss this divine opportunity to be cleansed and renewed by the power of Jesus Christ to be One with God and each other for God’s eternal Kingdom without losing hearts so that we are able to see Christ’s love from each other’s lives.

“O God, complete the work you have begun in us. Release through us a flow of mercy and gentleness that will bring water where there is desert, healing where there is hurt, peace where there is violence, beauty where there is ugliness, justice where there is brokenness, beginnings where there are dead-ends. Waken in us gratitude of our life, love for every living things, joy in what is human and holy, praise for you! We pray this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.”
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 Markesan & Princeton Emmanuel Prayer List
(The Week of November 18, 2019)

To Start the Children & Youth Ministry in our church; Church wide Advent Bible Study Preparation this week; Christmas Musical Preparation each Saturday; Julie A. for healing from radiation (correction from chemo) to treat her lung cancer; Ann’s husband’s recovery from the open heart surgery; Nancy’s great granddaughter’s healing from broken arm; Dodie and Bob L. for their traveling to FL until next spring; Cindy with terminal cancer; Tyrone for divine guidance preparing new step of his life; Serving heart to grow; Kuhn family preparing baptism this season; Carla’s son-in-law and sister-in-law for their health concerns; Ann for her recovery from surgery of her two knees; Clayborn, Cynthia’s son’s recovery from his surgery; Angie’s daughter’s friend, Tammy for her health issue; Kermit’s friends, Mark & Vince for their health; Delany for her condition; David C. in serve in Ukraine; Shirley’s friend, Barb, for health and her financial situation; Aron’s friend’s uncle, Bob’s healing; Debbie & Valerie for God’s guiding light; Alice for her health; All those who are now confronting uncertainty of their life in transition; Mary Jane’s friend Irene; Jim’s health and his faith; Betty’s health; Dick’s friends, Sandy and Karen, for their health; Cindy H’s parents dealing with cancers; Kayla’s friend Dan dealing with kidney issue; Sadan (6 year old) from Hope School having cancer tumor; Carlton R. in nursing home; Judy and Kevin and their family for healing and God’s purpose; Jeffrey W. and Amy D. for God’s healing; Cindy P. for her Health;  Arnold S. in VT healing as he fight with cancer; All those who are dealing with scleroderma; Bill’s brother Charles dealing with Alzheimer’s in California; Zachary for personal issues; All those who are dealing with addictions; Nina R. for divine guiding light; Denise R. for God’s strengthening power as well as for healing; Seth for his faith; Saul for his faith journey and his trial; Thelma for On-Going Medical Treatment; all those who are not able to come to worship regularly including Ruth M, Jim T, Bill & Fae C.

Our Caring and Prayer Circle; Bible Study Groups – Prayer, Exodus, Men’s Breakfast, Caring Team and Discipleship Group; Prison Ministers from our church, Shirley P. & Nina Z. and the prison chaplains; Hope School in Beit Jala, Israel; Interhope Missionary Wilkinsons; Pastor HY Park, Wisconsin missionary in Russia; Our District Superintendent Rev. Tsuker Yang; Rev. Dan Dick, assistant to Bishop; Bishop Hee-Soo Jung in our conference and his spiritual leadership following the Holy Spirit in this challenging time so that they all can see the Will of God clearly; Missionaries all around the world sent by God and the Church as well as all the pastors and lay leadership in the Christian churches around the world for discerning heart to see the will of God and for the strength to hold it and to carry their call faithfully and truthfully; Jayme’s healing and recovery


Our prayers also include the divine wisdom for all those who are dealing with the issues of accepting or approving, right or wrong, left or right; Direction of our nation; Pure Heart in Leadership of the country; Peace of the world; Christians who are suffering because of their faith in Christ for their endurance, especially in the Middle East, Africa, Israel, China, Russia, and North Korea; Christian Churches around the world, especially, UMC’s direction in God’s will through the council of bishops; God’s favor for us, for our family, for our church, for our community, for our country as we follow the will of God.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lord, Hear Our Prayers (The Week of November 11, 2019)


"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and 
unsearchable things you do not know." (Jeremiah 33:3)

"I need you once again" by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir 

Hi Family!!! 

I felt a little embarrassed last Tuesday because we had another snow right after I said “Truly it is an autumn season!” I think it was my wishful thinking. So I have to accept and say “it is already winter now” - little cold wind outside! However, we have a beautiful sunshine this afternoon and the sparkling snow on the ground. And God continues to keep us warm in our hearts! It is truly a series of endorphin moment. And we know that our new week ahead of us will be full of God’s blessing! Now we have our prayer list updated for this week. Let us continue to call upon the name of the Lord to see something beyond the Law of Moses living as a spiritual endorphin of the world, our new purpose in God.

Hallelujah moment!
God’s presence in every moment of our life!
Family Joining worship this week
Food item collection for our community food pantry for the last several weeks!
Shirley’s back in church
Dylan’s returning home safely and being able to serve the country continually


New Requests
Julie Allen for Chemo to treat her lung cancer
Ann’s husband – open heart surgery
All the service men and women in our nation
Veterans and their families, especially those who are having difficulty to recover from the trauma
Christians who are abducted by the Islamic government in South Asia, Middle East and Africa and their family & all the persecuted churches around the world.
Sunjoo’s father’s surgery for his cancer and her short trip to Korea this week

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Wisconsin Conference's new Delegation to represent not just Wisconsin Conference but God’s will in the future as they become able to see what God's will is for Christ’s Church; Our United Methodist Community of Faith - for God’s healing, healing for our wounded-ness and brokenness and for God’s guiding light in our every steps to follow only the Holy Spirit so that we don’t miss this divine opportunity to be cleansed and renewed by the power of Jesus Christ to be One with God and each other for God’s eternal Kingdom without losing hearts so that we are able to see Christ’s love from each other’s lives.


“O Lord, thank you for each moment - for the shared moment, the listening, the unguarded word; for the fragile openness, the ready smile, the accepted difference; for our passionate heart and the trust rooting in us. Now stretch us to grow with whatever comes as a gift and to praise you in it. We pray for all those in your holy name, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
  

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Lord, Hear Our Prayers (The Week of November 4, 2019)


"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and 
unsearchable things you do not know." (Jeremiah 33:3)

 "O Lord Hear My Prayer" from Taize
Hi Family!!! 

I cannot believe the snow that covered our town last week is all gone now and we have a beautiful sunshine out there. I know some of you are mowing the lawn today. But what a wonderful day with clear blue sky! Truly it is an autumn season! Hope every one of you keep warm in this season of changing colors and changing temperature every morning and night as well. Now we have our prayer list updated for this week. Let us continue to call upon the name of the Lord and hear what Jesus said so that we can dance with Christ coming out of the place of darkness like Lazarus did with a divine perspective.


Hallelujah moment!
God’s presence in every moment of our life!
Family Joining worship this week
Birthday celebration for Landon and God’s protection and guidance as well.
Nina’s friend who finished his term in prison and begin his new life this week


New Requests
To Start the Children & Youth Ministry in our church
Church wide Advent Bible Study Preparation this month
Christmas Musical Preparation each Saturday
Chili Supper and Back Sale this Thursday
Nancy’s great granddaughter’s healing from broken arm
Sandy P’s family for God’s comfort and traveling mercy to celebrate her life
Dodie and Bob L. for their traveling to FL until next spring

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Wisconsin Conference's new Delegation to represent not just Wisconsin Conference but God’s will in the future as they become able to see what God's will is for Christ’s Church; Our United Methodist Community of Faith - for God’s healing, healing for our wounded-ness and brokenness and for God’s guiding light in our every steps to follow only the Holy Spirit so that we don’t miss this divine opportunity to be cleansed and renewed by the power of Jesus Christ to be One with God and each other for God’s eternal Kingdom without losing heart so that we are able to see Christ’s love from each other’s lives.


“O Lord, we have so few ways to pray, but you have so many ways to answer. Keep us alert to your unpredictable answers, to your un-explainable surprises, and by your grace, make us one of those surprises, for the sake of the One who taught us the surprises of moving mountains, healing touches, wondrous stories, great banquets, first suppers, broken bread, crosses, and resurrections. We pray for all those in your holy name, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
  


Friday, November 1, 2019

Behold, I am coming soon!


“Behold, I am coming soon!” (Revelation 22:12)

Nederland Zingt, "Jesus, He's Coming" and more


Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ,

It has been interesting these days because we already have had snow twice this week even before November - I was still enjoying this autumn (?) season though. It made me ponder what message this early snow has for me. So, for a while, I carefully watched those countless feathery ice crystals endlessly coming down from above. I asked them, “where are you coming from and where are you going?” But none of them responded me. 

Of course, I figured that they are very shy, but they are also very humble and forgiving - softly and tenderly covering the earth, like Jesus’ calling. Even though they did not say anything to me, it was clear that where they were coming from and where they were going - from above to down below. Wherever wind blows, they just trust them and let it be. However, suddenly, one of them asked me, “Where are you coming from? And where are you going, Kyochul?” I responded them, “tell me where if you know?”

Now how about you? Do you know from where you were coming and to where you are going?

Some years ago, Simon Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, Where are you going?” (John 13:36). It was before he was crucified. Actually, it was right before he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot. Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”  It sounds like Jesus was talking about his death on the cross first. Then, Jesus continued that he went to prepare a place for them, for his disciples, and he promised them to come back to take them to himself. But Thomas, the doubter, asked Jesus again, “Jesus, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Then Jesus answered,


“I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6a, ESV).

"The Call" from Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams


In other words simply, “just trust me if you accepted me as your Lord and Savior.” Anyway, we are going to the place where Jesus has already prepared as we follow his way, his truth and his life. Wherever we are coming from, we are all going to the same place through his way, his truth and his life if we decide to follow Christ trusting in him. We are truly going to see the King without the fear of final judgement.

“When the son of Man comes in his glory… he will sit upon his glorious throne. 
All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people 
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his 
right hand and the goats at his left.” (Matthew 25:31-33, NLT)

I remember last December when we began our new Christian year preparing and celebrating Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem two thousand years ago through Advent and Christmas. Now our yearlong liturgical journey is almost over as we prepare Christ the King who will come back, judge and then reign over us forever. It is the Kingdom of God, eternal, and truly it is the place where we are going!

As a church, the body of Christ and his disciples in the world are growing fruitfully and truthfully each year following the life cycle of Jesus from his birth in Bethlehem to his coming back as a king, until he comes back to us someday to judge the living and the dead. However, if Christ dwells in us fully as our King, even now, God’s kingdom is already here on earth with us. So we must be full of joy and thanksgiving experiencing Christ’s love from each other’s life.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, have you fully received Jesus in your life as your King and trusted his way, his truth and his life? If so, thanks be to God in heaven! You need to come and share your divine wisdom and experience with us more often. But if not, we are not done yet and still we have one month before we celebrate his coming back to judge and reign over us as our King. So now, what can we do if we have only one month left before Jesus’ coming?  

Nederland Zingt, "Soon and Very Soon"


We will continually worship our God in spirit and truth as we put Him first in our life! 

Please join me, our last month of the opportunity to grow before the end of our Christian year!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Kyochul

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Walking through the living water of God



“Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2, EVS)


"O Be Joyful in the Lord" by John Rutter

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ,

As the much cooler air touches our faces every morning and evening, we feel the change from the growing season into the maturing season. It is the harvesting season of hard work now! But are we all ready for the hard work of harvesting? Some may say, “It is not us but the combine harvesters that work hard in the field in this season”. But anyway, it is the season of hard working for harvesting, isn’t it? But this hard working will be filled with joy and thanksgiving as we look around us. Why?

“Far and near the fields are teaming with the waves of ripened grain. Far and near their
gold is gleaming over the sunny slope and plain!” (James Oren Thompson, 1885)

So, are we able to find more joy in hard working in this season? I don’t think it comes naturally because we want a comfortable life but not a hard working life. However, when our hard working becomes the part of our life, our habit, then we become able to see what God has done for us, then we can find much joy in hard working. Even, we can realize how God helped us to go through the stormy weather in summer. 

“Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy” (Psalm 100:2, NLT)

How’s our spiritual journey with God to the Kingdom eternal, particularly, as we serve the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls? - It is very interesting to read “Worship the Lord” instead of “Serve the Lord” in a different translation of Psalm 100 though. 

Many years ago, a prophet Ezekiel had a vision from God. One day, a man brought him to the entrance of the Temple. And he saw a stream flowing from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the altar. Then he saw the water flowing out through it and it became up to his ankles. As he continued walking, the water became up to his knees, and then up to his waist. And then it was too deep to walk but enough to swim in. Then he was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. Then the man said to Ezekiel, 

“The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure... 
Life will flourish wherever this water flows!” (Ezekiel 47:8-9, NLT)  

Like the Ezekiel’s vision of healing water from the Temple, as we worship and serve, the living water from God that heals the earth can grab our ankle and hinder our way of life first. But as we continue to worship and serve, it makes us to kneel down and pray because it is getting harder. Then, as we experience more living water from God, to worship and serve becomes much harder wrestling with it until we experience deep enough water to swim in freedom. 

Brothers and sisters in Christ, where are you now walking in the living water of God as you serve and worship? Are you now already in a deep water to swim in freedom with joy? If so, thanks be to God and please come and help us. But are you in ankle deep or knee deep or waist deep where our decision of hard working is truly needed as you serve and worship? If so, you are in the same boat with me. 

In the month of October, we are going to walk through this living water of God together as we learn more about this journey through hard working until we find joy in it, in serving and worshiping.  

Please join us this amazing journey through the living water of God in October!



Grace and Peace,

Pastor Kyochul


P.S. Do you know serving is worship and it is also discipleship? We follow Jesus through serving as he did for us.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Between Something We Want To & Something We Have To





...You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul 
and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is 
like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments 
depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-39, ESV)


Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ,

I feel like summer is almost gone as fall is coming. So, do you have any new plans for our new season, like planting a new cherry tree in your backyard or tulip bulbs in your flower garden for spring before the first frost? 

Maybe there are more, like harvesting plan, cleaning plan, fertilizing plan and reorganizing plan, something like that. Our life is truly a series of decision making each season as we plan new or old things. However, depending on today’s decision among many choices, the result might be very different later on. How come?

JY Ko, a 24 year old professional golfer who has won two LPGA major championship this year, shared her own struggle of focus. As she grabs her golf club before each swing, she always makes a decision between the two options, a safe shot that is likely to succeed over a more tempting risky shot, focusing only on that shot before she swings. In other words, her decision is based on necessity and efficiency rather than the desire. It lowers her score, which means better results in golf.

What do you think? It is quite insightful, isn’t it? However, in our normal life, most of us choose the things we like first as we put aside higher priorities. When we eat, we naturally choose our preferences for our sweet and savory cravings over a healthy, balanced meal. Even when we watch, listen, or say something, we choose what we like, and sometimes, we forget about what we have to do. 


Holy Name of Yeshua by Brigitta Veksler & Chorus


How about our spiritual life as we walk with God to be more holy and perfect as God is holy and perfect for the Kingdom eternal? Do we choose what we need to eat first, the bread of heaven? Do we choose what we have to listen first, the voice from heaven? Do we choose what we have to follow first, the lamp on our feet? Do we choose what we have to say first, the message of love? And do we choose what we have to buy first, the free gift of God’s salvation? Do we choose the Word of God instead of the things we like to eat, listen, watch, say and have by our own? If your answer is, “No, not really!” you are in the same boat with me. So now what is something that we have to do first?

One day an expert in religious law came to Jesus and asked what was the most important commandment in the law of Moses. In other words, what should we do first to grow continually in God’s way? Jesus’ answer was clear, “Love your God first and your neighbor as yourselves.” It was a short version of the Ten Commandments; the first four are about loving God, and the last six are about loving our neighbors.

So now, brothers and sisters in Christ, from now on, we want to choose something that “we have to” over something that “we want to” for our healthy physical, social, mental, financial, and spiritual life for our eternal journey to the Kingdom of God. 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, regardless of our past decisions, we have a new choice today and tomorrow as a church together and as children of God! It begins with loving God first as we get back to normal routine of our life from this month of September. God reminds us something simple so that we can begin right away.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” (Exodus 20:8, NIV)

So see you all on all the Sundays in September to be recharged by the power of our living God and love our neighbors as ourselves! The kingdom of God is not far from us!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Kyochul


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Who Is Your King?

Some years ago, YP Lee, one of the best Korean soccer players who had played in the Premier League in England, came back to his home church and shared a story about his mom during the Christian worship Service. 

When he was young, he thought his mother was the kindest angel in the whole world. However, as he has grown, he came to realize that his mother was an angel only for him, her son. In other words, his mother was not very kind person for everyone. Obviously, he was very brave man! 

Every mother can be an angel to her own children or her loved ones. So could be every father or any people for their beloved family members. It is a human nature. 

No wonder why Jesus mention about this human reality - "What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him as scorpion? (Luke 11:11-12)" However, Jesus pushes us little further. "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them." (Luke 6:32) 

This biblical reality challenges our human reality. How can we move further? Our Holy Spirit guides us through the words of an apostle Paul. 


What if we all treat each other like Paul did? 

I am just wondering what makes those two singers sang this ancient song in harmony...  and what if we treat each other as through we were treating our God, the King?

By the way, who is your king?
  
“My God, O King" based on Psalm 145 & “His Name” 
Duet by Lim & Yun at London King’s Cross Church 

PSALM 145 
I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.