Saturday, July 28, 2007

Which Sister Runs Your Church?

(Note: Today's summer book blog entry is one post down.)

From Fr. Matt Kennedy's sermon of July 22nd, on Jesus' visit to Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42).

When I first came to this church some very nice ladies came to me and said, "well we’re a church full of Martha’s not Mary’s so don’t expect to see many people at bible study." And then, later, I was told by a very fine gentleman, "Whatever you do, don’t preach over 10 minutes. There are so many other things to do on a Sunday morning than sit in church." And the idea behind both of these friendly warnings was that some people are workers and get things done in God’s kingdom and others go in for all the religious stuff. We’re the workers. We're the Marthas. Somehow, at some point, work and service in the church had come to serve as a rationale for neglecting the Word of God. (From his wife, Anne's blog.)

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