This Sunday, May 17, worship will be provided by California – Pacific Annual Conference Resident Bishop Grant J. Hagiya. We are grateful for this provision of a Sabbath Sunday for Pastor Frank Wulf and his pastoral assistants (Danny, John, Lois and others), who have worked to provide us with safe virtual worship experiences during these trying and exhausting times.

Let us celebrate the sixth Sunday of Easter with our brothers and sisters across Southern California, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands! The link will become live on our Facebook page on Sunday at 10:35am.

Order of Worship

Gathering Music

Words of Introduction and Call to Worship

Opening Hymn

Scripture Reading (Psalm 66: 8-20)

Children’s Message

Scripture Reading (Acts 17: 22-31)

Special Music

Scripture Reading (John 14: 15-21)


Call to Give/Offering

Special Music

Pastoral Prayer for our Clergy and Laity

Call to Discipleship

Sending Forth Hymn



Note from Bishop Hagiya:

The Appointive Cabinet and I realize how much dedication our clergy, worship teams and staffs have been putting into our online Sunday worship services.  In order to honor them and give them a much needed Sabbath, we will be recording and producing a full worship service as a video, of which each church can use all or part, as our local church leaders take a much needed Sunday Sabbath for themselves.  The service will be available on Friday, May 15, 2020 at calpacumc.org/sabbath or via the button below and will use the Lectionary passages for Sunday, May 17, 2020.  Of course, a local church may use this worship service at another time if the 17th is not convenient.  

We would like to ask all local church clergy, worship teams, and church staffs to set aside one to three days of Sabbath in order to renew, recharge, and rejuvenate for the long haul that is ahead of us.  Whereas the worship service use is optional, taking time for a Sabbath is not.  So, we really want every local church to work on a date on which this happens.  We need you for the long haul of this pandemic and we need you at your very best.  So, please catch your breath, recharge your energy and renew your faith!

Be the Hope!

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop

Holy Week 2019 Schedule

This week is Holy Week!

o Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 pm

Maundy Thursday worship is based on the traditional Jewish Seder; held in the Basement Dining Room.

o Friday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

Multi-cultural Good Friday worship is based on the seven last words of Jesus from the cross; held in the Sanctuary.

Sunday morning, April 21, from 8:00-10:00 am

Easter Sunday breakfast fundraiser sponsored and prepared by the United Methodist Men; held in the Basement Dining Room. Suggested donation $5.

o Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 am

Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior; held in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, April 21, at 12:00 pm

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt; held in the Basement Dining Room.

Please join us – ALL ARE WELCOME. 


Pastoral Letter on General Conference 2019 / Carta Pastoral sobre la Conferencia General 2019

March 2, 2019

Beloved Sisters and Brothers at Echo Park United Methodist Church:

By now you have heard that our United Methodist General Conference voted to approve a legislative plan that expands our denomination’s longstanding policies of discrimination against the LGBTQ community and its allies.

The full impact of this Plan will not be known for some time, and yet there can be little doubt that grave harm has already been done to the unity and integrity of The United Methodist Church. A majority of the General Conference has sent a clear message to those of us who identify as LGBTQ that we are not really welcome in this community of faith. The UMC will not embrace us as children of God created in the image of God. It will not welcome us as vital members of the body of Christ. It will not celebrate or honor our loving relationships. It will neither recognize nor receive our gifts and graces for ministry. And it will punish those who seek in various ways to incorporate us into the fullness of the Church’s life and mission.

The plan adopted by the General Conference contrasts starkly with the teachings of the apostle Paul who affirms that we need each other if we are truly going to be the body of Christ:

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:12-13)

As Paul reminds us elsewhere in the same chapter, the Spirit alone has the right to “allot [gifts] to each one individually, just as the Spirit chooses.” (1 Cor. 12:11) So, in spite of the General Conference’s recent decision, our task as a Church is not to judge and exclude, but to encourage and celebrate the gifts that God has given, even to those of us who are LGBTQ.

A week before the General Conference, this congregation voted overwhelmingly to become a Reconciling Congregation. In our Statement of Reconciliation, we affirmed that:

We share the Gospel and Spirit of Jesus Christ and open our community to all, especially those who are hurt or who have been left out because of racial differences, ethnic origin, gender identity, legal or immigration status, language, sexual orientation, all who have suffered abuse or abandonment by society, or even by the church.

We may not always be of a common mind about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, but we understand the need to create a faith community that does not discriminate. That is why we have chosen to work together under the inspiration of the Spirit to build and expand God’s reign of justice and peace… especially for those who, like our LGBTQ siblings, have been excluded and harmed by teachings and practices that lead to discrimination and exclusion

Significantly, we are not alone in this struggle. There are churches and conferences, lay people, ministers, and bishops who are already working together to create a fully inclusive Church. The Spirit is working in powerful ways to ensure that God’s will truly is done on earth just as it is in heaven.

Let me conclude by reassuring our LGBTQ siblings both inside and outside this faithful body of believers called Echo Park United Methodist Church: You are welcome here to practice your faith, to find spiritual support and care, to participate in the ministries of this congregation, to serve as leaders, and to receive the full range of pastoral and ministerial services that we have to offer. “We are people of Christ’s new creation, called to be ministers of reconciliation.” Thanks be to God!

May God bless you now and always!

Rev. Frank Wulf


2 de marzo 2019

Estimados Hermanos y Hermanas de la Iglesia Metodista Unida de Echo Park:

Ya han escuchado que nuestra Conferencia General Metodista Unida ha votado a aprobar un plan legislativo que amplia las políticas antiguas de nuestra deonominación de discriminación contra la comunidad LGBT y sus aliados.

El impacto total de este plan no será conocido durante algún tiempo. Sin embargo, puede haber poca duda de que un daño grave ya se ha hecho a la unidad e integridad de La Iglesia Metodista Unida. Una mayoría de la Conferencia General ha enviado un mensaje claro a aquellos de nosotros que se identifican como LGBT que no seamos realmente bienvenidos en esta comunidad de fe. La IMU no nos abrazará como hijos e hijas de Dios creados al imagen de Dios. No nos dará la bienvenida como miembros vitales del cuerpo de Cristo. No celebrará ni honrará nuestras relaciones amorosas. No reconocerá ni recibirá nuestros dones y gracias para el ministerio. Y castigará a quienes tratan de diversas maneras para incorporarnos a la plenitud de la vida y misión de la Iglesia.

El plan aprobado por la Conferencia General contrasta claramente con las enseñanzas del apóstol Pablo quien afirma que necesitamos los unos a los otros si verdaderamente vamos a ser el cuerpo de Cristo:

 Así como el cuerpo es uno, y tiene muchos miembros, pero todos los miembros del cuerpo, siendo muchos, son un solo cuerpo, así también Cristo, porque por un solo Espíritu fuimos todos bautizados en un cuerpo, tanto judíos como griegos, tanto esclavos como libres; y a todos se nos dio a beber de un mismo Espíritu. (1 Co. 12:12-13)

Como Pablo nos recuerda en otra parte del mismo capítulo, el Espíritu solo tiene el derecho de “repartir [dones] a cada uno en particular como él quiere.” (1 Co. 12:11) Así que, a pesar de la reciente decisión de la Conferencia General, nuestra tarea no es juzgar y excluir, sino animar y celebrar los dones que Dios ha dado, incluso a aquellos que son LGBT.

Una semana antes de la Conferencia General, esta congregación votó abrumadoramente para convertirse en una Congregación de Reconciliación. En nuestra Declaración de Reconciliación, afirmamos:

Compartimos el Evangelio y el Espíritu de Jesucristo y abrimos nuestra comunidad a todos, especialmente aquellos que están heridos o que han sido excluidos debido a diferencias raciales, origen étnico, identidad de género, estatus legal o migratorio, idioma, orientación sexual, todos los que han sufrido el abuso o el abandono por la sociedad o aún más por la iglesia.

No siempre somos de la misma opinión sobre cuestiones relacionadas a la orientación sexual y la identidad de género, pero comprendemos la necesidad de crear una comunidad de fe que no discrimina. Esta es la razón por la cual hemos decidido trabajar juntos bajo la inspiración del Espíritu Santo para construir y ampliar el reino de Dios de justicia y paz… especialmente para aquellos que, como nuestros hermanos y hermanas LGBT, han sido lastimados por enseñanzas y prácticas que llevan a la discriminación y la exclusión.

Es significativo que no estamos solos en esta lucha. Hay iglesias y conferencias, laicos, ministros, y obispos que ya están trabajando juntos para crear una Iglesia que es totalmente inclusiva. El Espíritu está trabajando en maneras poderosas para asegurar que la voluntad de Dios se hace verdaderamente en la tierra como en el cielo.

Permítanme concluir asegurando a nuestros hermanos y hermanas LGBT dentro y fuera de este cuerpo fiel de creyentes que se llama la Iglesia Metodista Unida de Echo Park: Ustedes son bienvenidos aquí para practicar su fe, para encontrar apoyo y cuidado espiritual, para participar en los ministerios de esta congregación, para servir como líderes, y para recibir la gama complete de servicios pastorales y ministeriales que tenemos para ofrecer. “Somos personas de la nueva creación de Jesucristo llamadas para ser ministros de la reconciliación.” ¡Gracias a Dios!

¡Que Dios los bendiga ahora y siempre!

El Rev. Frank Wulf