Category Archives: Worship

Celebration: A Healing Practice

For the new sermon series, starting October 18, we will focus on “All Things New: Celebrating God’s Goodness,” about how we can celebrate even when we are in a  wilderness — of Covid, of personal trials, or of the world’s … Continue reading

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HYMN: ”Lord of all Hopefulness” 10/11/2020

COME SING WITH US               Come to a church that’s refreshing, inspiring, and fun! What is the story behind the hymn “Lord of all Hopefulness?” “Lord of all Hopefulness” is a Christian hymn written … Continue reading

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Highlights From World Communion Sunday!

On the first Sunday in October, United Methodist congregations join many Christian churches worldwide to celebrate World Communion Sunday. The World Communion Sunday Offerings provide scholarships for national and international students, particularly first-generation college students and ethnic students.  At PUMC, we have … Continue reading

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The “Shema” and “When I Pray for You”

The passage in Deuteronomy 6: 4-9, known as the Shema, is a core principal for both Jews and Christians. Notice how it aligns with the children’s book  “When I Pray For You” by Matthew Paul Turner, which Pastor Jenny read … Continue reading

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Hymn: “This Child”

Tom Shelton, music director of children’s and youth choirs at PUMC, wrote the hymn “This Child” and composed its music. The lyrics of this Christmas song makes it suitable for release during the Coronavirus pandemic. Says Tom: “The verses represent … Continue reading

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Children’s Book: “God’s Dream”

At Children’s Time, during worship on Sunday, September 6, 2020, Pastor Jenny read aloud the children’s picture book, “God’s Dream.” Author Archbishop Desmond Tutu lives in South Africa. Coauthor Douglas Carlton Abrams lives in California. Illustrator LeUyen Pham, born in Vietnam, now lives in California.  “God’s Dream,” a beautifully … Continue reading

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Confirmation Rescheduled

THE CONFIRMATION CEREMONY set for Thursday, September 10, has been postponed, because of rain. It will be FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 AT 6 PM. It will be livestreamed and archived on the church website. Church members and friends – and family … Continue reading

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Romans 13: 8-14 and Matthew 18: 15-20     

The scripture reading for Sunday, September 6, 2020, is from Romans 13: 8-14 and Matthew 18: 15-20.  “If Another Sins Against You” is the title of Pastor Jenny Smith Walz’s sermon.  “. . . and any other commandment, are summed up in this … Continue reading

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HYMNS: “God Made From One Blood,” “Panis angelicus,” and “When God Restored Our Common Life”

COME SING WITH US We Want to Worship With You Thomas H. Troeger is the author of “God Made From One Blood.”  To watch a YouTube video of this hymn, click here “Panis angelicus” (Latin for “Bread of Angels” or “Angelic … Continue reading

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Children’s Book: “Someday is Now”

Pastor Jenny read aloud the children’s picture book “Someday is Now,” written by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Illustrated by Jade Johnson, at Children’s Time, on Sunday, August 30, 2020, “Someday is Now,” a book on social justice in America, is about Clara Luper, a … Continue reading

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