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Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha

Jul 21, 2019

Passage: Luke 10:38-42

Preacher: Pastor Yeager

Series: Pentecost

Category: Pentecost


Mary and Martha But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42.




Liturgy: Divine Service III, p. 184.


Opening Hymn          Blessed Jesus, at Your Word                          904

Hymn of the Day       One Thing’s Needful                                      536

Communion 1            My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less                 575

Communion 2            I Know My Faith Is Founded                         587

Communion 3            Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise                  680

Closing Hymn           Oh, Blest the House                                        862



THE INTROIT          Ps. 119:57-60, 64; antiphon: Ps. 119:105


Your word is a lamp to my feet

            and a light to my path.

The LORD is my portion;

            I promise to keep your words.

I entreat your favor with all my heart;

            be gracious to me according to your promise.

When I think on my ways,

            I turn my feet to your testimonies;

I hasten and do not delay

            to keep your commandments.

The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;

            teach me your statutes!

(sung) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

            and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

            and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Your word is a lamp to my feet

            and a light to my path.





O Lord, grant us the Spirit to hear your Word and know the one thing needful that by your Word and Spirit we may live according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


THE FIRST READING                    Genesis 18:20—33   


And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.”And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”

This is the Word of the Lord. | Thanks be to God.



THE SECOND READING              Colossians 1:21—29  


21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, 

that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

This is the Word of the Lord. | Thanks be to God.



THE HOLY GOSPEL                       Luke 10:38—42  


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the Tenth Chapter.

Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.