14th Sunday After Pentecost
Good morning 5th Avenue,
To God be the glory, great things He has done!
What a wonderful blessing to witness the beginning of a new church year. We have entered into the month of September – tired, drained, continued masking, social distancing, transitioning, school, myriad of uncertainties – and yet we can say, “What a mighty God we serve; Angels bow before Him; Heaven and earth adore Him; What a mighty God we serve!”
As we begin to “Blossom Where You’re Exiled” we heed the words of Jeremiah – “O Jerusalem, cleanse your heart that you may be saved. How long will you harbor your evil thoughts?” God has a plan for you 5th Avenue UMC – so Bloom Where You’re Exiled. What is Jesus calling his bride, the Church, to do? Blossom, become all you were created to be; make the best of life when it throws lemons at you, and do what’s right, even when it’s hard.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
5th Avenue UMC, There are times to bloom where we are planted, and times for us to be transplanted so we can bloom even better elsewhere. Just follow the Lord where he leads. Hear the Word of the God – directing you, calling you to -“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Amen
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI 53095
262.334.2059 (W)847.721.1826 (M)
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison