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Ministry

Service – February 21, 2021

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Ash Wednesday 2021

Good morning 5th Ave. Family & Friends,

Another Ash Wednesday. Another Lent. Another six weeks of penance and sacrifices. Another opportunity for spiritual growth and conversion.

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the pastor applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, they speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Alternatively, the pastor may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.  Therefore, receiving ashes on our heads means nothing, if our heart is not open to being transformed.

After a good honest reflection on our sins and our mortality, we realize our only recourse is God….our only option is God….our only hope is God…..because we can’t get rid of our sins and we can’t prevent ourselves from dying. Only God can do that. The ashes we receive today ought to remind us not only of our sins, but also of God’s goodness to us.

I’ve come to recognize that Lent is a beautiful time of year because it allows us to see the truth of who we are: that we are sinners and that we are forgiven; that we are in the presence of God, and we are also still on our way to Him. Meaning, please be patient with me, “God is not done with me yet.”

This season of Lent, gives us an opportunity as a Church to reflect on how good God has been and is to us sinners; how patient, kind and merciful He is to us; how He longs for us to be with Him, as He says: “Return to me with your whole heart.”

And when we do return to Him with our whole heart, He responds in a way that only God can respond by giving us not just His heart but His whole being: body, blood, soul and divinity. Amen.

To God be the glory,

Pastor Clarissa

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Bulletin – Ash Wednesday Fed 2021

Ash Wednesday 2021 Homily

Sermon – Transfiguration Sunday Feb 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


Transfiguration Sunday

What an all-encompassing Transfiguration Sunday!  Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and Scout Sunday!  Topped off with an Infant Baptism.

Charles Spurgeon calls this psalm “the song of the Astronomer”, as gazing at the heavens inspires the psalmist to meditate on God’s creation and humanity’s place in it.

In this psalm David reflects upon God’s majesty that is displayed in the creation.  The heavens declare God’s glory.  Against the backdrop of such glory, humanity seems insignificant, yet God chose them to rule the earth and all its creatures.  By giving humanity this awesome responsibility, God has crowned them with glory and honor.  The psalm has a messianic tone, because Jesus Christ became a little lower than the angels by becoming a human being.  Someday, when Jesus rules the world, he will restore the dominion Adam lost.  All nature, including all humanity, will submit to Jesus’ rule.  The psalm ends as it began with a declaration of the Lord’s majestic name in all the earth.

“O LORD, our Lord!” What a sweetness lies in the little word our; how much is God’s glory endeared to us, when we consider our interest in him as our Lord and Savior.

“How excellent is your name!” no words can express that excellency; and therefore, it is left as a note of exclamation. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

With the sincerest and humblest appreciation for all the prayers, texts, cards, phone calls, and spiritual presence around Martin’s hospital bed.  The Great Physician is still on call as we continue to pray for restorative healing, renewing of mind, body, and soul, interlaced with strength and courage to move Martin forward on this lengthy path of recovery.

A week ago, Martin suffered an Ischemic Stroke caused by a blood infection.  The stroke affected the left side of his brain and body.  His speech is slowly returning with one or two words; mainly yes or no; cognitive Impairment is still present.  The source of the infection is a bacterial infection of the mitral valve in the heart.  The routine treatment would be to replace the valve.  Unfortunately, Martin is not a good candidate for surgery at this time.  We’re praying that an intensive course of intravenous antibiotics for an extensive period of time will cure the site or at least give his other comorbidity concerns a chance to improve. We’re hoping to begin rehabilitation to get his strength back.

I send my love and gratitude to my older brother Eric, who stopped everything to come and care for me this past week.  He was my source of strength, courage, and hope.  Biancha, Robert, Sophia, Nicolas, and Jillian – love you all!  And to my younger brother Anthony, Martin’s sisters, Cindy and Kim, and our families – from coast to coast – we thank you.

I pray for my blessed and divine love, Martin, the one dear Lord you are holding at this time in your loving arms.  Bless the work of the doctors, surgeons and hospital staff, and bring the power of your restoration into mind and body.  We believe that deliverance and complete recovery will occur; no healing is too hard if it be Your will.  Come fill Martin from top to toe with your restorative Spirit.  May your resurrection life bring healing and wellness into his being.  May your grace carry Martin through this hard time into a new season filled with hope and joy.  In the name of Jesus, we humbly pray.  Amen.

God bless,

Pastor Clarissa

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Bulletin – Transfiguration Sunday Feb 2021

Devotionals 14 Feb – 20 Feb 2021

Sermon – Transfiguration Sunday Feb 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


Service – February 14, 2021