Quote of the Week - January 16


A quote by PUMC Lead Pastor Jenny Smith Walz on our God-given gifts from her sermon on January 16, 2022. As we continue our 'Powerful Purpose' worship series this month, she speaks on the topic “When We Give Our All” and asks, "Who am I? Why am I here? "God uniquely wired and gifted me to share those gifts with others and make a difference in the world," affirms Pastor Jenny. 


She explains that the 'Feeding of the Five Thousand' tells us that Jesus sees both the great hunger and needs in the world and the desire and calling of people around him to feed others." We must realize that what seems not enough to humans is enough in Jesus' hands. We learn that Jesus' gifts flow through him into those called to serve and make a difference in the world. "Where most of us only see a lack of resources, Jesus knows there's abundance," Rev. Walz states. Many times we see only the things we lack and forget our resources. She delivered her message based on Scripture from John 6:1-13.


Similarly, it is astonishing that when we think that we're certainly not enough in our own eyes, we are in Jesus' eyes. We are enough because God is enough. What is God calling us into right now? What is our powerful purpose?


Powerful Purpose Book Pick: Pastor Jenny invites us to read the book "Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation" by Parker Palmer as we go through our 'Powerful Purpose' worship series this month. Here's a link to purchase the book through our UMC supplier, Cokesbury. In this book, Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose.


  Click here to watch the service and listen to Pastor Jenny's sermon.


Written by Isabella Dougan