Mary, Martha, and the Better Way

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about the virtues of busyness and rest. Based on Luke 10:38-42  

The Service for the Lord’s Day
July 21, 2019    10:30 a.m.



“Come, Thou Almighty King”                                arr. G Norian

“’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”                              arr. B Büda

“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Me”                           arr. B Büda


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*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Hymn                                           “Great Is the Lord”


Call to Worship

Leader:     As we gather this morning, we temporarily leave behind the outside world;

People:    we stop, we rest, we sit at the Lord’s feet.

Leader:     We are drawn to worship, to hear the Word;

People:    we block out distractions, we absorb peace, we stand in His


       Leader:     God commanded us to keep the Sabbath holy; to spend time with other

believers; to find a better way to be surrounded by the Lord.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                       “Lord, You Have My Heart”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, we fill our lives with jobs, chores and fun; leaving little time for You.  We work hard, play hard and find ourselves too tired to spend time in prayer or in church.  We uncover hours to binge watch the latest television shows and find activities to post on social media, but can’t come up with an hour to worship or study Your Word.  Help us to find a better way:  to live, to play, to serve.  Help us to treasure the time spent at Your feet and to search our day for opportunities to be close to You and further from the world.…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     God’s glory surrounds us whether we labor or rest.  It gives us hope and promises us mercy, grace and forgiveness!

ALL:           Thanks be to God!

*The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, children 7 and younger may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other children are asked to remain in worship.


Anthem                              “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”                   arr. G Spranger


Message         “Mary, Martha and the Better Way”          Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Luke 10:38-42                                   Pew Bible pg.845

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”;



*Hymn #630                                                                                         “Fairest Lord Jesus”


Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy

will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.



Offertory                  “There Shall Be Showers of Blessings”                       arr. J Raney


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #826                                                                                          “Lift High the Cross”




Postlude                                              “Recessional”                                          arr. G Blake



*Please stand, in body or in spirit