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Though we cannot be together in person, we will join together in heart and spirit through Scripture, music, sermon, and prayer. You can watch the service in real time, or later at your convenience.

WHEN: Sunday 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship

WHERE: Check back here or via our Facebook Page.
(Barring any technical difficulties)

March 25, 2020

To the Beloved Community,

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked all United Methodists to join with Pope Francis in calling people of faith to prayer today, March 25.  “We draw strength from the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38), as we are approximately nine months from the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We invite all to pray to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic. 

All are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon (March 25) in their own time zones. In the words of Pope Francis: “We wish to respond to the pandemic with the universality of prayer, of compassion and tenderness.”  As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection at Easter, we have sure trust and confidence that God will hear the united prayers of the church across the world.”

Here at First UMC, we continue in a season of prayer, compassion and service.  Many of you have volunteered time to those who may need assistance getting groceries and other necessities.  Many are reaching out via phone, text, email, and social media to check in on one another and to stay connected.  And we thank you for your continued financial and prayerful support of our congregation.

Our Sunday worship services will continue online only at least through April and early May.  Staff and members have been able to assist many who needed extra assistance to get set up and connected.  We are grateful to be able to worship together in this way and all look forward to the day we are reunited in our beautiful sanctuary.  Thank you for your many expressions of support for our pastoral staff, tech folks, and musicians.

May the music of Bach, which we know as the hymn “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” bring peace and beauty to your day and draw us closer to God.  May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds safe in the love and knowledge of God.  And may God who is our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer bless, preserve and keep you, now and forevermore.
Rev. Patricia Farris
May the music of Bach, which we know as the hymn “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” bring peace and beauty to your day and draw us closer to God. 

Click here to read past updates regarding Coronavirus.

ONLINE Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday morning Sanctuary worship at 10 a.m. livestream via our Facebook page. (Barring any technical difficulties)
Visit our Livestream page for instructions or Go to the First UMC Facebook page.

We are located at: 1008 Eleventh Street in Santa Monica, CA., between Washington and California.

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