First United Methodist Church
225 Ludlow Street
Hamilton, OH  45011
(513) 896-5683

Sunday Services
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
Live Stream 10:00 a.m. via Facebook

Dear Friends,


It is hard to believe that July has come on us so quickly. It seems that we just started June and in the blinking of an eye we are in the middle of summer. We have not had a good holiday this year. It seems as if Lent will not let us go. We are in a time when the nation is divided, the denomination is divided, and we are separated from each other by the COVID-19.


I am writing this on a rainy morning. Just kind of suits my mood. Gray, rainy, not cold but still a chill in the air. Even in the sun when I greet old friends, we keep our distance, we put our masks up, and we are wary of what closeness to another person can bring. These are not fun times. Then I look out from the deck and see that the plants are green and rich in growth, the birds are still coming to the feeder, and the squirrels and chipmunks are scattering around eating what is dropped by the feathered visitors above them. God’s creation still has a vibrance. Though we do not enjoy the rain, the rest of God’s creation rejoices in it. Rightly so God tells us in Isaiah (55:10):


10For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,

       and do not return there until they have watered the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,

    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 


We may be in the wilderness of times, but God is with us. He has a purpose for our situation. In time we will learn from it and look back on the learnings and blessings we have yet to discover.


Blessings to you,

Pastor Mark