Submitted by Charlotte Albert, who is filling in for Pastor Frank Dietz this week:
My sermon title is “Bloom where you are planted”. The sermon scripture is from Jeremiah 29:1, 4 – 7. It’s the story of Jeremiah writing to the people he carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. They are not happy and do not like this new life of hardship. He reminds them, even in the worst of times in our lives, we are to bloom where we are planted. It is a time to put your trust and faith in God as He is always with you. We are to be and do the best we can for God because He has a plan for us and we can learn from the bad times and find the good in it. We can use that time to become a better, stronger person.
Difficult times can lead to prosperous purposes. So often, we view road-blocks and speed bumps as difficulties when they can be there to make us observe better. So, if you are weighted down with weeds in your garden, start pulling them out, one by one, dig around the base of the plant, sprinkle a little fertilizer around the plant, water it, and watch it grow and flower. You will feel the inner glow!
Charlotte Albert, Licensed Minister
St. Peter’s Church of Coupland (UCC)
- Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
- Psalm 111
- 2 Timothy 2:8-15
- Luke 17:11-19