Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church - July 18, 2019

The gospel for this coming Sunday is the story of Mary and Martha. It’s a short story, but hasbeen known to provoke a lot of discussion - or at least consideration --about roles and expectations, as pertinent today as two thousand years ago. You can read it all here: Luke 10:38- 42.

Included in this eblast is a new message and video from Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop. The link: https://mailchi.mp/episcopalchurch/video-presiding-bishops-message-who-is-my- neighborvideo-mensaje-del-obispo-presidente-quin-es-mi-prjimo?e=8c7873968e . (Link is not available anymore)

“Who is my Neighbor?” remains an important question for all of us today, right along with “What is the ‘better part’” from this week’s gospel. Food for thought on a very hot, summer weekend – July in New Jersey.

As ever, a prayer attributed to St Francis offers help and guidance for this and all times:

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis.
(Suggestion: Try praying it slowly, pausing at the end of each line to let the words and images settle in. Take in a deep breath and let it out before going on.)

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon;

where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, page 833, #62

Peace and Blessing, Thanks and love

Carol+

Marjorie Mikuta