Permission to Say No – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost [7/21/19]

Today’s Passage:  Luke 10:38-42

Opening Prayer: Father God, You know we have a lot of things to do to get through our daily lives.  Help us not to worry so much about all the details and to rest in You.  Help us to choose to sit at the feet of Jesus – to just be in His presence.  In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: In Your Presence – Official Music Video

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Permission to Say No – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost by Rev. Dr. Judy Kincaid, recorded in May 2019 at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What would you do if Jesus Christ came to your house for dinner? Judy Kincaid, winner of our 2020 Pentecost Preaching Contest, preaches a sermon on Luke 10:38-42, the beloved story of Mary and Martha. Kincaid asks, “Is it a badge of honor to have something to do all the time? Does it make us feel important?” Then she quotes Henry David Thoreau. “It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?’” Listen as Kincaid explains how to overcome our anxious busyness by choosing, as Mary did, “the better part.”

Closing Song: Terrian – God With Us (Official Music Video)

Closing Prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, for through Him our relationship with You grows strong.  Thank You for the Spirit of Christ that lives within us.  May we rest in Your love, learn at the feet of Jesus, and be guided by the Holy Spirit.  What more could we ask?  May we be mature, complete, and lacking nothing.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue: The Afters – Well Done (Official Lyric Video)

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