Tue 16 July 10.00 a.m. Bible Study
Wed 17 July 10.00 a.m. – noon Barney’s Free Coffee morning – all welcome
Wed 17 July 7.30 p.m. Bible Study
Fri 19 July 9.30 a.m. Craft group meets in St Michael’s Room
Sat 20 July 9.00 a.m. – noon Winter Mini Mart
Sun 21 July 8.30 a.m. Eucharist, followed by morning tea
6th Sunday after Pentecost
OT: Amos Ch. 8 v. 1-12
NT: Colossians Ch. 1 v. 15-29
Gospel: Luke Ch. 10 v. 38-42
6th Sunday after Pentecost
21 July, 2019
“Wherever you go, there you are.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Are we Martha, or are we Mary? Are we people of action, or are we contemplatives? Would we rather be quiet alone with God, or would we rather be out there doing something for God? In today’s Gospel Martha is anxious in the kitchen (Luke 10:40-41), while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:39). The two have often been contrasted, contemplation versus action, prayer versus deeds. But this is a false dichotomy. They are not really opposed; after all they are sisters. Some spiritual guides try to connect the two by saying that what we plant in the ground of contemplation, we reap in the harvest of action (Meister Eckhart). True enough, however, there are ways to bring these two siblings ever closer together. Martha’s problem was not that she was busy in the kitchen. She was anxious and worried. Worry always takes us away from the moment. Worry is focused on regrets from the past, or on fear of the future. It is never here and now. Jon Kabat-Zinn, writing from the Buddhist tradition, teaches us to be where we are, totally zoned into our present activity. That is contemplation, no less than sitting at the feet of Jesus. Mary is listening. We can also listen in our activity if we are “wherever we go.” Are we there? Or does fret take us elsewhere? Martha had a monkey mind (Buddhist term). She was not at peace. When Jesus says that Mary had chosen the better part (Luke 10:42), he did not mean to contrast action with prayer. Action can be prayer. Jesus was making a distinction between anxiety and peace. The monk and mystic Thomas Merton was speaking of this from the Christian point of view in his last book. The title itself says it all: “Contemplation in a World of Action.”
Often it is difficult to pray alone at home,so why not try http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/ this links you with praying Christians around the world, of many traditions- offering scripture, silence, beautiful music, reflection time, space for contemplation and intercession.
May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.
May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,
At the time of choosing an incumbent
give to this parish a faithful pastor who will faithfully speak your word and minister your sacraments;
an encourager who will equip your people for ministry and enable us to fulfil our calling.
Give to those who will choose, wisdom, discernment and patience, and to us give warm and generous hearts, for Jesus Christ’s sake.