Pentecost 6 Preview

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“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:41-42

Jesus’ admonishment to Martha in this Sunday’s reading from Luke acts as a reminder that Jesus is the treasure from heaven which deserves our greatest attention. Just like Abraham in this Sunday’s reading from Genesis, we are called to abide in God’s presence.

Music for the Day

Traditional Worship Hymn of the Day: Be Thou My Vision

In today’s readings we are reminded of the importance of single-minded devotion to Jesus and his word. The traditional hymn of the day brings out these themes when we sing, “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art.”

New Day Worship Song: I Give You My Heart

Today’s New Day worship song also has us sing of our “desire to honor [God]” with all of our hearts and gives us words to express that desire: “Lord, I give you my heart; I give You my soul; I live for You alone.”

For further reflection…

Paul, in this Sunday’s reading from Colossians gives us many reasons for why abiding in Jesus’ presence is a worthy act. We may suffer (or merely not get what we want) while we serve Jesus, through whom and for whom all things have been created; however, Paul calls us to rejoice in these disappointments as they are signs that we are serving God’s mission.

In what ways can we deny our own desires to help others?

In what ways do we sometimes lose track of Jesus’ presence in our lives and how can we refocus?

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Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

Adam served as Director of Music at St. Peter’s from 2015 to 2022.

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