A Word from Your Rev. Kenneth J. Fizer, Jr.
Dear Members & Friends of Thurmont UMC,
Pentecost celebrates the birth of the church. It is no accident that Pentecost begins with the Spirit. Indeed, a Christian life cannot exist without the first gift of Christ to those who believe. Without the Holy Spirit in our lives, we cannot stand up to the forces of evil that separate us from God and one another.
St. Paul advised the Ephesians “to put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”. We are to put on the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. As St. Paul writes. “such weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world”. The Lord has given us the resources to fight those spiritual battles against evil, sin, discouragement, doubt, and despair that we often experience in our world.
The Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus for us today. Through the Holy Spirit, God is still among us. The Spirit helps us experience God’s love and grace in our lives and serves as God’s comforting presence, guiding and directing us in conformity to God’s will. The Spirit transforms us, touches us, and enables us to carry on the mission of the church in the world and God’s will on earth. What remains is our willingness to be open to the Holy Spirit as the community of believers.
When a person confesses Christ as Lord and Savior, he/she receives the promise of eternal life and immediately becomes a member of God’s family and a part of Christ’s spiritual body. In these uncertain times may we find strength in the Spirit who brings God’s comfort. Stay safe and continue to explore ways to live out our ministry during this coronavirus pandemic. I am thankful for the folks who have assisted in producing our online worship experience: Technicians: Jessica Bentley, and Steve Ness. Musicians: Jeff & Kim Head, Jessica Distad, and Michael Willard.
Also, I want to say “thank you” for the many expressions of sympathy on the passing of my Dad.
In Christ’s Service,