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3rd Sunday After Pentecost Devotional

Good morning 5th Ave. family & friends,

Worship this week is about growing into the new creation that we are called to be in Christ. So, what better way to think about growing?  Graduation Sunday!

Graduation Sunday is a rite of passage season – we celebrate the many milestones and transitions of the many. Graduation Sunday, when done thoughtfully, can help young people and the young at heart people, transition into what’s next without feeling abandoned.

Let us pray:

Gracious and caring God, our source of light,

we ask for your almighty hand to be upon these graduates as we send them forward.

With their classes and grading now complete,

may they strive toward excellence in all they do.

With the applause quieted,

may they celebrate and lift up those around them.

with the speeches concluded,

may their voices rise up to pronounce peace and justice in the world.

with the fanfare ceasing,

may they find bliss in future endeavors and adventures.

with advanced degrees and credentials in hand,

may their achievements grow and enrich their communities.

As Jesuit educated,

may they discover Holiness in the midst of life’s blessings as well life’s challenges.

As their careers commence,

may they conduct their life’s work with exceptional skill and integrity

inspired to Go Forth and Set the World of Fire

from this day onward.  – Debra Mooney

And the people respond – Amen!

Pastor Clarissa

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Bulletin – 3rd Sunday After Pentecost – 13 June 2021

3rd Sunday of Pentecost 13 Jun 2021

Sermon – 3rd Sunday of Pentecost June 2021

Devotionals 13 – 19 June 2021

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Rev. Clarissa Martinelli

Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC

323 South Fifth Avenue

West Bend, WI

262.334.2059 (W)

847.721.1826 (M)

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“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


3rd Sunday After Pentecost – June 13, 2021


2nd Sunday of Pentecost Devotional

Good Sunday morning Siblings of Christ,

The Gospel for the 2nd Sunday After Pentecost ~Mark 3:20-35~ is what I think of as a “sandwich” passage.

There are two stories in this passage, but instead of putting them one after the other, one story is split in two like slices of bread, with the other one spread in the middle like the PB&J.  Both stories are about misunderstanding and accusation.

The framing story is about Jesus and his relatives.

Top slice of bread.  Rumor has gone round that Jesus has gone nuts.  That’s the top of the sandwich.  His family comes to collect him.  Maybe they’ll do a little intervention, get him back under control.

The second slice comes at the end.  Jesus declares that his true family is anybody who does God’s will.  He doesn’t really disown his mother Mary and whoever else showed up, but he does give them a surprising turn.  And he does declare that his followers, then and now, are his close kin.  To be Jesus’ brother or sister you need to actually do God’s will.

So, what’s the peanut butter?  In between the slices of bread comes another group of accusers.  In addition to the crowd and his family, Scribes have turned up to make accusations: Jesus isn’t just crazy, they say.  He is actually demonic.

In the heart of the passage, Jesus turns the accusation around on them with a bit of poetic theology.  Come as we learn about “Jesus, Family and the Will of God”.  Come!

Blessings & Peace,

Pastor Clarissa

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Bulletin – 2nd Sunday After Pentecost – 6 June 2021

2nd Sun After Pentecost – Jesus’s Family – Jun 2021

Devotionals 06 – 12 June 2021

Announcements – 6 June 2021

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Rev. Clarissa Martinelli

Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC

323 South Fifth Avenue

West Bend, WI

262.334.2059 (W)

847.721.1826 (M)

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“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


2nd Sunday After Pentecost – May 6, 2021