You are invited to in-person worship this World Communion Sunday, October 2 at 10 am. *Masks are optional. The bulletin for this Sunday is available for viewing HERE. You can also worship online by going to our website “watsonville1stumc.org” and click YouTube or Facebook. It will be uploaded on Sunday afternoon for your viewing.
World Communion Sunday ~ Sunday, October 2, 2022, 10 am
The World Communion Special Sunday special offering envelopes will be available at worship. Without your generosity, this ministry could not be achieved! United Methodist local congregations gave $473,970 last year toward ministries funded by the World Communion Special Sunday special offering. Your gifts support racial and ethnic students in achieving their educational goals while also transforming communities. 50% percent of the offering provides scholarships for graduate students from the U.S. and other countries. 35% percent supports ethnic scholarships for undergraduate students. 15% percent funds in-service training programs for racial and ethnic persons.
This Sunday is the 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.
Special Music: Forever Young by Bob Dylan Sung by Brandon and Trisha Kett
Written as a lullaby for his eldest son Jesse, born in 1966, Dylan’s song relates a father’s hopes that his child will remain strong and happy. It opens with the lines, “May God bless and keep you always / May your wishes all come true”, echoing the priestly blessing from the Book of Numbers, which has lines that begin: “May the Lord bless you and guard you / May the Lord make His face shed light upon you.”
The Mystical Last Supper Icon (Hung on Social Hall breezeway)
Painted in 1312 from the Monastery of Vatopedi at Mount Athos in Greece
Message: Entering the Word of Icons Part 7 “The Mystical Last Supper” by Rev. John Song
This concludes the “Entering the Word of Icons” sermon series. On this World Communion Sunday we will explore the Institution of Holy Communion by Jesus and learn the meaning of Eucharistic life.
The Holy Communion is one of two Sacraments we practice in the United Methodist Church with the other being the Holy Baptism. We practice open Communion for all ages, including children. We believe Christ has opened his table for all and no one will be turned away from having a sit at the Christ’s table. You are welcome to join us in the breaking of bread and drinking the cup that Christ offers to us for our spiritual nourishment and becoming One with Christ.
“For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
~ John 3:33-35
“I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.
But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat 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
This photo was taken in the early turn of the century of Native Hawaiians sharing a meal together.