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Mary & Martha

This weekend we have two very different, but important events. First, a Memorial Service for Mary S. will be held this Saturday, July 20, at 1:00 pm in the church. Light refreshments will follow. Second, Third Wall Productions has held a theater camp here for the last two weeks. The buildings have been filled with the sound of children singing. They are learning dances, music, and acting, and will put on Disney’s “Aladdin, Jr.” this Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The Jr. versions of plays make them more accessible to a cast of children, and the play lasts about an hour. I hope you are able to come and pay your respects to Mary and her family, and also to see this fun play. One of our children, Gabby C., is in the play.

Yesterday, I was at a Bible Study at Epiphany. On Mondays, we read through the readings for the upcoming Sunday and discuss them. Aside from clergy, there are interested lay persons that attend regularly, including a scholar who used to teach at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, Jewish Studies in Towson. Yesterday we spent some time talking about this Sunday’s gospel, which is the story of Mary and Martha. In it, Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet, being a disciple, while Martha works to prepare a meal in the kitchen. She is angry because Jesus doesn’t tell her sister Mary to come and help. Jesus said that Mary had chosen the better part, by listening to him.

We are all Mary, and we are all Martha – there are many tasks that pull at us every day. Yet there is always the need to talk and listen to God. I have found an app that has been very helpful in taking out some time to listen to God. Its called “Re-imagining the Examen,” and is free. It walks you through a prayer using prompts and guided meditation. I recommend this app if you are having trouble taking time, or even knowing what to say to God in prayer. There are many options on the app as to what you need to talk to God about, and I hope you find it helpful.

This Week at St. Tom’s

– all week – Theater Camp, culminating in two performances of “Aladdin, Jr.” on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm
in the Fellowship Hall.

Saturday: 1:00 pm Memorial Service for Mary S.

Sunday: 9:30 Morning Prayer with Mr. Chris Phillips preaching. Chris comes from Yale Divinity School, and is an intern at Epiphany. I will be away from the 21st – 28th at The College for Congregational Development.

In Closing

O God from whom we flee,
whose stillness is more terrible
than earthquake, wind, or fire,
speak to our loneliness
and challenge our despair:
that in your very absence
we may recognize your voice,
and wrapped in your presence
we may go forth to encounter the world,
in the name of Christ, Amen.

– from All Desires Known, by Janet Morley –