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Sunday, May 14, 2017

First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Galeton, 5-14-17

by Martha Pennell, 
mpennell@northernpottersd.org

Women’s Bible Study meets Wednesday, May 17th, at 3 pm at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church. 

Fellowship supper of the two congregations, hosted by Jean and Henry Lush, will be held Sunday, May 21st at 5:30 pm in the Christian Education building of First Presbyterian church. 

Galeton Food pantry opens Friday, May 26th, at 10 am at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church. 

 Pastor Roger Wagner’s sermon, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” was based on Jesus’ visit with sisters having differences, Martha and Mary, in Luke 10: 38-42. 

The Bible does not explain them, but the same is true for other Biblical siblings. Moses spoke with a “mouthful of marbles” while Aaron was a smooth talker at ease with people. Jacob was a homebody who enjoyed cooking while Esau enjoyed being outdoors and loved to hunt. 

When Jesus and his disciples arrived a little early, there were still things to be done. 

While Mary was in the living room listening to Jesus, Martha made a scene, asking him to tell Mary to lend her a hand. 

Knowing his arrest and crucifixion awaited him, Jesus reassured Martha and told her things were okay. Pastor Roger believes Jesus told her Mary chose something better, not something wrong. When the Apostle Paul was imprisoned he wrote the Philippians (3:13-14; 4:8) to forget what lies behind and to look ahead to what God in Christ offers to us—the prize of eternal life. 

When earthly things shake us, we should think about things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, admirable and right. The more we do it will be come easier. 

Without Martha it would be a slothful world, but nurture the Mary perspective. It is worth it!

1 comment :

Kathy said...

Great post, Martha. Thank you for your faithfulness every week.