You are invited to the in-person Worship Service on Nov. 5 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.
All Saints Sunday with Holy Communion
Sunday, November 5, 2023, 10 am
Children’s Time “Why Do We Call Them Saints?” Pastor John
Special Music Tears In Heaven Jesse Martinez
by Eric Clapton, 1992
Spirit in the Sky
by Norman Greenbaum, 1969
Death of King Arthur
Message “What Makes Us Afraid of Death?” Rev. John Song
“Practice dying.” This was Plato’s famous final lesson to his disciples, given just before his own death. When you think about death, is it with reflection, curiosity, and ease? Or is it with trepidation and fear? Do you even contemplate this most significant passage of your life?
Facing death is our last important life initiation in earthly life. Although our culture associates death with suffering, tragedy, and loss, and sees it as something to dread, we as people of faith can choose to view it differently. We can explore our relationship with death as something that might even feel like some kind of wonder.
What if death were approached as a joyful transition of soul’s journey of how birth, life, and death are all parts of our soul’s experience of being human.
“God is a presence that protects us from nothing, yet unexplainably sustains us in all things.”
~ James Finley
Romans 8:35, 37-39
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Annual Japanese Floating Lantern Festival to honor the dead.