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Please join us for worship on this
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11.
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.
Readings for Sunday, July 21, 2019
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Forward Day by Day,
I had always seen Martha and Mary as a pair of opposites. But now I personally know a good Martha, one who is hospitable, devoted to Jesus, and full of joy. His name is Mike. For two years he was my field education rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.
It took me awhile to realize that Mike was working every minute on Sundays. Even during the service he was watching people in the pews, noticing who was on a walker this week, who had grandchildren visiting. When the faithful streamed out the door after worship, he knew who was visiting for the first time, asked their names, and invited them to come back. During the Adult Forum, as he listened to the presenter, he scanned the room looking for newcomers.
Mike used to tell us seminarians that he loved his work, and when he didn't love it, he would quit. The congregation at All Saints thrives—and one reason is because the rector loves his work among and with them.
It was not Mary’s help that Martha needed. Martha simply needed to love the work that she did serving Jesus.