You are invited to the in-person Worship on March 19 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.
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 19, 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.
This Sunday is our special offering for UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief). UMCOR envelopes will be available next to the bulletins.
About UMCOR & the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church: Founded in 1940, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is the global humanitarian relief agency of The United Methodist Church. A part of Global Ministries, UMCOR works in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States and its territories. The agency’s mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering with open hearts and minds to all people. Working in the areas of disaster response and recovery, sustainable development and migration, UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Learn more about UMCOR by visiting www.umcor.org.
Children’s Time “Added Benefits of Doing Sign of the Cross” Pastor John
Special Music The Crucifixion Emily Sinclair, Soprano
by Samuel Barber from The Hermit Songs
At the cry of the first bird
They began to crucify Thee, O Swan!
Never shall lament cease because of that.
It was like the parting of day from night.
Ah, sore was the suffering borne
By the body of Mary’s Son,
But sorer still to Him was the grief
Which for His sake
Came upon His Mother.
Message Rendezvous with God Rev. John Song
Part 3) “Sign of the Cross 3.0”
On this Fourth Sunday of Lent, we continue our Lenten Sermon Series: “Rendezvous with God” with Part 3) “Sign of the Cross 3.0”. We will go even deeper and further in practicing the sign of the cross to get the full benefit of using it as our daily spiritual practice. It is a powerful spiritual tool to cultivate embodied prayer life that will have an indelible effect in cultivating intimate life with God.
“The way we would begin in prayer is that we belong to God. And all the prayer starts and unfolds out of that knowing that we belong to God. We are trying to get past the topic of prayer to this deep experience that we belong to God. We are God’s beloved. Renewing our faith that we are sitting there in God’s presence, God is all about us and within us, closer to us than we are to ourselves.” ~ Thomas Merton