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Between Sundays

Dear Members and Friends of St. Stephen,

Blessings to you all in this Pentecost season. Our guest pastor this Sunday will be Rev. David Augenstein. Two informational meetings have been scheduled to discuss the council plans for funding parking lot work: Wednesday, July 24 and Sunday, August 4 during the Potluck with a Purpose. I hope you can attend one of them. Also, on Sunday, July 28, our pastoral candidate Alex Aivars will be preaching at our worship service, and I will be presiding. Pastor Alex will join us for a meet and greet at our coffee hour following the service.

Sunday’s Gospel is the well-known story of Mary and Martha. Jesus visits his friends in their home. Martha welcomes her guest and then goes to prepare a meal for him, Mary sits at Jesus feet listening to him. Martha is upset with her sister and says to Jesus, “Lord, don’t you see that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself. Tell her to help me!” Jesus responds, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. Mary has chosen the better part which will not be taken from her.” This story in Luke 10 comes immediately after the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In that parable Jesus calls for active engagement with human need—show compassion, do mercy. And now in the very next verses, Jesus affirms and blesses not going and doing but sitting and listening. In a sense, Martha images those who serve; Mary images those who listen. We are to be both. Sunday’s Prayer of the Day puts it well: “Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ, and you make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our lives, make us attentive to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else.”

Blessings as you ponder the Scripture Between Sundays,

Erick Johnson, Interim Pastor

St. Stephen Lutheran Church

Sunday’s Scripture Readings:

Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

For This Week

Questions for Reflection:

How do these two sisters differ? Is Mary’s choice better? What about Jesus’ call to servanthood? What is Jesus’ point? What are ways you find time to “sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to him”?

Daily Readings

Monday, Psalm 25:11-20, I take refuge in you, O God

Tuesday, Proverbs 19:1-17, Kindness to the poor

Wednesday, Ecclesiastes 9:13-18, One bungler destroys much good

Thursday, Psalm 15, Leading a blameless life

Friday, Ephesians 3:14-21, The love of Christ surpasses knowledge

Saturday, Genesis 14:1-16

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