You are invited to the in-person Worship Service on Oct. 1 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.
World Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 1, 2023, 10 am
“I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” ~ John 6:48-51
Special Music Goin’ up Yonder Beverly Olivier-Blount
by Walter Hawkins
Let the Church Say Amen
by Andraé Crouch
Ms. Beverly Olivier-Blount is a person of deep spiritual faith. With her spiritual roots in the African-American church, she’ll be offering two gospel songs. Beverly is a 1st Violinist at the South Valley Symphony Orchestra, along with her husband, Walker Blount, who plays the Clarinet. They are both section leaders at the Symphony.
Message “The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America” Rev. John Song
In a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution, more than half of Republicans showed support for Christian nationalism. Long seen as a fringe viewpoint, Christian nationalism now has a foothold in American politics and religion, particularly in the Republican Party. Researchers found that more than half of Republicans believe the country should be a strictly Christian nation.
The definition of Christian nationalism is that it is a theocratic political ideology that claims America was founded to be a Christian nation, suggesting that the only true Americans are the nation’s Christians. It falsely teaches that there is no separation of church and state – and that conservative Christians should seize complete power by any means necessary.
In the United States, much of the conversation around faith is dominated by conservative voices, voices that often argue for policies that reflect their Christian nationalist view. Consequently, restricting the rights and hurting the marginalized and vulnerable people in our society.
We’ll shed light on this Christian nationalist movement and explore what the right response as Christians should be.
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” ~ Sinclair Lewis, an early 20th century American writer and playwright