Christmas Sunday service is virtual only and no In-person gathering.  We proudly present a Christmas Pageant message directed and created by Susannah Wood.

Join us virtually as we sing Christmas Carols, pray, and reflect on God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ.  Merry Christmas!  Christ is born!

Here are the direct links for Facebook and YouTube.

Or go to our church’s website and go to Worship Links.  There you will find both links to the Christmas Sunday morning worship.

Many thanks to our children’s Sunday School and our members, choir, our music director Jim, and the Worship Vitality Team for creating our meaningful Christmas Sunday worship.  Many thanks to David Tavernier and Michael Cho for creating the virtual worship video.

Join us as we worship God together.  May God bless you richly today and always.

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Bulletin Link

12.25.2022

 

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To join Sunday Worship via Facebook, log onto your Facebook account and search for the ‘Lake Merritt United Methodist Church’ page or click here.

 Many of us look for signs to help us know what to do, or we wish we could have our own personal angel visit us to let us know the “right” next steps. Uncertainty is a fact of life–this seems ever more true. This week we will remember that there is a Christ within us constantly birthing wisdom and a deep knowing if we will but listen with a contemplative heart. Let us seek out quiet in order to hear the voice that brings peace by gently saying, “do not be afraid.”  (Worship Design Studio)

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7: 10-16

“Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 1: 18-25

Join us as we worship God together.  May God bless you richly today and always.

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Bulletin Link

12.18.2022

Worship Music Links

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
Go, Tell It on the Mountain

 

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Worship begins at 10:15 AM. Come early and pick up your hymnals. Fellowship follows worship. We have Children’s Godly Play School with enhanced safety and fun for your children. Everyone over age 2, please wear masks (for everyone’s safety and comfort).  We have masks available at the door!

Bulletins will not be handed out in person, you are welcome to bring your own printed bulletin, use your electronic devices, or follow along on the screen as we project the order of service.

ZOOM Link

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Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
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The Pregnancy of Mary is connected to the promise of justice and joy in the readings this week.  Mary’s womb becomes a sacred space for the gestation of grace that moves into, and is transforming, the world.  We will ponder the spaces we inhabit at home, work, and community, asking whether they are feeding, nurturing, and reflecting the freedom and joy that is so desperately needed.  (Worship Design Studio)

“…the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” – Isaiah 35: 1-10

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Holy One has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed…” – Luke 1: 46b-55

 Dear friends joining us virtually, would you have a candle nearby and something to light with it, we will light the candle of Joy this week.  Join us as we worship God together.  May God bless you richly today and always.

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Bulletin Link

12.11.2022

Worship Music Links

Sing We Now of Christmas
God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

 

You may give your Tithes & Offerings by mail or click here.

Worship begins at 10:15 AM. Come early and pick up your hymnals. Fellowship follows worship. We have Children’s Godly Play School with enhanced safety and fun for your children. Everyone over age 2, please wear masks (for everyone’s safety and comfort).  We have masks available at the door!

Bulletins will not be handed out in person, you are welcome to bring your own printed bulletin, use your electronic devices, or follow along on the screen as we project the order of service.

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Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
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  To join via Telephone (no computer or smart device) please dial the number below then, when asked, dial the meeting ID & Password provided.

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Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
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When we look through the lens of the sacred, we prepare our senses to recognize the holy in all people–to come to know them in a “steadfast and encouraging” way. Our world is crying out for harmony and being able to see the Christ reflected in each other makes a path for this to be accomplished.   

We are inspired this week to see our own walk upon this earth as part of the call to be sacred people who usher in the presence of love.  (Worship Design Studio)

 “This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ – Matthew 3: 1-12

“May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus…” – Romans 15: 4-13

 Dear friends joining us virtually, would you have a candle nearby and something to light with it, we will light the candle of love this week.  Join us as we worship God together.  May God bless you richly today and always.

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Bulletin Link

12.04.2022

Worship Music Links

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Love Came Down at Christmas
God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

 

You may give your Tithes & Offerings by mail or click here.

Worship begins at 10:15 AM. Come early and pick up your hymnals. Fellowship follows worship. We have Children’s Godly Play School with enhanced safety and fun for your children. Everyone over age 2, please wear masks (for everyone’s safety and comfort).  We have masks available at the door!

Bulletins will not be handed out in person, you are welcome to bring your own printed bulletin, use your electronic devices, or follow along on the screen as we project the order of service.

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Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
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  To join via Telephone (no computer or smart device) please dial the number below then, when asked, dial the meeting ID & Password provided.

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Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
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The Christmas season is a time when the juxtaposition of the sacred and secular feels sometimes blatantly opposed, and sometimes quite blurred. The word “sacred” points to something dedicated as “holy” and “set apart.”

This year, we are invited to a spiritual journey of seeing all things pregnant with the Holy. What could our experience of the Advent and Christmas season be like if we lived it imagining that everything is reflecting the sacred?   (Worship Design Studio)

 

“… you know what time it is. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your sleep… the night is far gone, the day is near.”    – Romans 13: 11-14

 “Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”    – Matthew 24: 36-44

 

For our online community, have a candle nearby and something to light it with for the beginning of the service.

Come friends!  Join me as we begin our time of waiting!  We begin our first Advent worship in reflecting on “Sacred Time, Hope”.

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Bulletin Link

11.27.2022

Worship Music Links

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
The First Noel
God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens

O Come, All Ye Faithful

 

You may give your Tithes & Offerings by mail or click here.

Worship begins at 10:15 AM. Come early and pick up your hymnals. Fellowship follows worship. We have Children’s Godly Play School with enhanced safety and fun for your children. Everyone over age 2, please wear masks (for everyone’s safety and comfort).  We have masks available at the door!

Bulletins will not be handed out in person, you are welcome to bring your own printed bulletin, use your electronic devices, or follow along on the screen as we project the order of service.

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Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
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  To join via Telephone (no computer or smart device) please dial the number below then, when asked, dial the meeting ID & Password provided.

1(669) 900-6833

Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
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To join Sunday Worship via Facebook, log onto your Facebook account and search for the ‘Lake Merritt United Methodist Church’ page or click here.

“Wherever you place your foot, there rests a blessing.”  – Rumi

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”  And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”  – Exodus 3:4-5

The Blessing Cup!  Blessings.  What are they?  How do they come?  What do they do for us?  The dictionary defines blessing as: “to consecrate or to hallow by a religious rite of words; to make or pronounce holy or sacred.”  To bless is not so much to “make sacred,” however, as it is to acknowledge the sacredness that is already there.  All of creation is sacred because it is made by God.   Wherever we place our feet – wherever we are – can be a blessing if we are aware of the inherent sacredness and beauty of that place.  All the places where we are standing is holy ground.

This Sunday is the Thanksgiving Sunday.  As we reflect on our gratitude to God for all that God has done for us and we pray through the Blessing Cup, may we grow in awareness of the countless blessings that are ours.  May we become more aware of how we ourselves are a blessing in the lives of others.  Most of all, may our love and appreciation for the Giver of all gifts, the best of all blessings, continue to grow and be enriched.   (The Cup of Our Life, P. 118)

Bring a cup that represents blessing of your life!  Join us.

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Bulletin Link

11.20.2022

Worship Music Links

We Gather Together
Now Thank We All Our God
Fill My Cup, Lord

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

 

You may give your Tithes & Offerings by mail or click here.

Worship begins at 10:15 AM. Come early and pick up your hymnals. Fellowship follows worship. We have Children’s Godly Play School with enhanced safety and fun for your children. Everyone over age 2, please wear masks (for everyone’s safety and comfort).  We have masks available at the door!

Bulletins will not be handed out in person, you are welcome to bring your own printed bulletin, use your electronic devices, or follow along on the screen as we project the order of service.

ZOOM Link

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
Passcode: 326043

  To join via Telephone (no computer or smart device) please dial the number below then, when asked, dial the meeting ID & Password provided.

1(669) 900-6833

Meeting ID: 868 2447 3010
Passcode: 326043

To join Sunday Worship via Facebook, log onto your Facebook account and search for the ‘Lake Merritt United Methodist Church’ page or click here.