You are invited to the in-person Worship on February 12 at 10 am. The bulletin for this Sunday is available for viewing HERE.
You can worship live on ZOOM by clicking the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9658816441 or Meeting ID: 965 881 6441
You can also watch Sunday services at your convenience by going to our website “watsonville1stumc.org” and click YouTube or Facebook. Each Sunday worship will be uploaded on Sunday afternoon for your viewing.
Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
Sunday, February 12, 2023, 10 am
This Sunday is In-Person Lego Sunday!
First, children will be in worship. Following the Special Music,
the teacher, Joan Culbertson, will lead our children to the Nursery Room.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKES IN TURKEY AND SYRIA
You can support relief and recovery efforts to earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey through UMCOR. This Sunday, Souper Bowl of Caring, you can donate by making a check out to “Watsonville First UMC” with the memo “UMCOR Earthquake” or cash donation in the envelope with the same memo and drop it in the offering plate or mail it to the church. All the proceeds will be sent to UMCOR.
Children’s Time “The Story of St. Seraphim and the Bear” Pastor John
Special Music Children Piano Recital Ethan, Elizabeth, Isaiah
(Under the tutelage of the piano teacher, Marina Thomas)
Message Replacing Adam Project with Noah Project Rev. John Song
Part 5) “The Ark: The Light”
The 6-part Sermon Series on Replacing Adam Project with Noah Project continues. In Part 5) The Ark: The Light”, we will begin with a tour of the Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco as a way of doing a deep dive into an understanding of the phenomenon of “Divine Light” revealed in biblical stories, the testimonies of saints and mystics, and modern-day writers. We will learn how the “Light of God” permeates in us and in all creation that has a profound implication to our deepest identity and our relationship with the world.
Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal is an avant-garde church that embodies “integral” Christianity. What is “integral” Christianity? I call myself an “integral” Christian. So what does that mean? Well, come and find out!
by William Butler Yeats(1865-1939)
My fiftieth year had come and gone,
I sat, a solitary man,
In a crowded London shop,
An open book and empty cup
On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed
My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less
It seemed, so great my happiness,
That I was blessed and could bless.
Transfiguration of Inner Light
by Silja Walter, a Swiss Benedictine nun in the Fahr Abbey, Switzerland
I have not known, what it was:
the inner light. One day it was there.
Up, in the summer mountains.
Then I saw, there exists an inner light in human beings.
It comes from the Light, the energy of God.
It gave itself to me as a gift.
“One’s whole being vibrates like strings
brushed by an invisible wind.”
~ Peter Russell
“Explanation separates us from astonishment.”
~ Eugène Ionesco, Découvertes
The Transfiguration of the Lord
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no oneon earth could brighten them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us set up three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 Then a radiant light-cloud enveloped them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore, but only Jesus.