Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—July 14, 2016
The gospel for this coming Sunday is one of the stories about Mary and Martha. With their brother Lazarus, these two sisters seem to have often welcomed Jesus into their home as teacher and friend. Martha was the more practical of the sisters, seeing to the household chores and meals, while Mary preferred to spend her time at the feet of Jesus, listening and learning.
It’s understandable that some tension would arise between the sisters in that household! Jesus’ reply to the conflict offers a valuable lesson for all of us about setting priorities. You can read it all here: Luke 10:38-42. *
In today’s world, much is often made of the contrast between Mary and Martha - one who sits at the feet of the Lord to learn, and one who is consumed by the details of providing hospitality. Both, of course, have their places, and as faithful disciples (students and followers) and stewards (caretakers), we need to pray for the guidance and grace to balance the two in ways pleasing to our Provider.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing, Carol+
* All the readings for Sundays, Saints Days and Special Observances may be found here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/
Many thanks to Lynn Logg for stepping in these past two weeks with insightful and spirit filled messages for the weekly eblast! Her words were inspiring. If you somehow missed reading them, please contact Anita in the parish office, and she will forward them to you.
Just a reminder: Summer worship schedule has begun: one service at 9:00am, with hymns and other music. Family or friends visiting for the weekend? Invite them to join you for worship at St Thomas!