2nd Sunday In Lent
Good morning Siblings in Christ,
“The only way forward is through, together.”
Black History Month has become one of the most celebrated cultural heritage months on the calendar. Schools and businesses offer Black-history-themed meals, lectures, plays and quizzes while major brands roll out clothing, television specials and content for consumers.
With all these advances, the hope is that the acknowledgement and celebration of Black and Brown Americans will not just be limited to the month of February. February comes after January every single year. Why stop recognizing and applauding these American impacting triumphs when February ends? The hope is that schools and universities will be encouraged to weave in Black History to their curriculum. The learning then becomes informative and not performative – we’re not celebrating only because it’s Black History Month. Eventually leading to incorporating achievements of all different cultures throughout the year.
Black Americans stand at the crossroads of racism and the systems of oppression that perpetuate it. We go forward from here with faith, bold strategy.
What does it mean to live as a Christian? How can we continue to grow in our faith? Charles Wesley’s “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” is a prayer for God to guide us in our spiritual journeys throughout our lives.
John Wesley called intentional Christian’s activities focused on spiritual growth, means of grace. They are things we do to put ourselves in a posture to receive God’s grace in our lives. He is echoing Jesus’ answer when asked what the greatest commandment is: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind and you must love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:25-28).
We began the 2021 Lenten season with a quest, a prayer for humility which is the beginning of true repentance. And growing as a Christian is all about being filled with love, which happens by the grace of God.
Welcome to the 2nd Sunday in Lent Sunday Worship as we ponder – “What’s the proper dress code for God’s people?” Come, let’s worship together as the Holy Spirit reveals the answer! Come, all are welcome!
Blessings & Peace,
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“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