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21 July 2019

Pentecost 6 Sermon: Anxiety Free

Preached on Luke 10:38-42
6th Sunday After Pentecost — Proper 11C
21 July AD 2019

Title: Click to hear the MP3 of Anxiety Free.

Luke 10:38-42 Summary: Most of us have one or more pet concerns that occupy too much of our time and energy. And while God doesn’t want us to be apathetic, He calls us away from the anxiety into which we too easily slip.

So it was with Martha. So eager that everything be “just so” for Jesus, she failed to see that what He was offering her household far exceeded anything that shes — and her sister — could do for Him. We’ll always have cares but our concern amounts to nothing if we don’t first receive the fulness of Christ’s concern for us. Only when we fully and freely rely on His TLC are we truly able to bless others with our own loving care.

Text: Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.

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.”

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

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Anxiety Free.

NB: A few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio with Windows Media Player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 27:(1-6) 7-14; Genesis 18:1-10a (10b-14); Colossians 1:21-29

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