Lenten Journey:

Finding God in the Wilderness

As we prepare for Easter, Pastor Seok-Hwan will be sharing daily Lenten Reflections delivered right to your email inbox. Please take a moment to read them and reflect. Join us for services as you are able, either in-person at UMCW or online at www.umcw.org.

What Is It To Be Alive?

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, … nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

 (This is my first poem. I don’t know how to write a poem or it is a poem, but I just pour out my cry on the paper while I am waiting for Kori’s return from his surgery at the hospital bakery. I am not sure whether I successfully communicate this with you today in this translation.)  

What is it to be alive?

It means hurting, being hurt without love, 

Constant painful things happening.

Swallowing sorrowful tears deep in my heart.

Cleansing wounded heart with those tears.

What is it to be alive?

It means that I am in extreme pain 

to the point of dying.

So, at the end of the road 

I find love at last,

Surrounded by unconditional love of God.

Then I may die

Because I can finally experience 

The unconditional love of God.

Without finding this love

We have even no right to die.

What is it to be alive?

It means to feel pain and joy together.

If we can’t feel this together,

It is a sign of dying,

Like departed fish flowing down the stream.

To live means we begin to feel the pain in love,

Suffering in irresistible love. 

What is it to be alive?

It is like cleansing our suffering heart with love-filled tears. 

With our agonizing tears

And there 

We can give our love and receive their love.

What is it to be alive?

It is an infinitely grateful thing.

The most precious gift of God,

To feel and to give 

this irresistible, undeniable, and amazing love.

Pastor Seok-Hwan


Hear my prayer, O Lord;

  let my cry come to you.

Do not hide your face from me

  in the day of my distress.

Incline your ear to me;

  answer me speedily in the day when I call.

(Psalm 102:1-2)


Often in the midst of struggles and difficult times, the confession that God is faithful seems far off. Sometimes it’s difficult to see evidence of God’s

faithfulness in the current moment, but when we look back, we can name and see how God has been faithful to us. Today, I will trust that God is faithful as it was, just as it is, and as it will be.

Palm Sunday Service

April 2 at 9:30 am

In-person worship service

(music from our Youth Choir)

Online service available at www.umcw.org

Holy Thursday Service

April 6 at 7:30 pm

In-person worship service

(music from our Adult Choir)

Online pre-recorded service available at www.umcw.org

Good Friday Service

April 7 at 7:30 pm

In-person worship service

(music from our Bell Choir)

Online pre-recorded service available at www.umcw.org

Easter Services

Sunrise: April 9 at 7:00 am

In-person service outside at UMCW by the pond

Pancake Breakfast: April 9 from around 7:30-9:00 am

Our Youth Groups' Annual Pancake Easter Breakfast is back! Join us in the Fellowship Hall for delicious food and fellowship. Free will donations will be accepted to benefit the youths' summer mission.

Worship: April 9 at 9:30 am

In-person worship service

(music from our Adult Choir)

Online Easter worship service available at www.umcw.org

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