Sermon Title: “The Confession of Martha”
287 For all the Saints – We’ll do two verses for opening, two verses for hymn of the day, and two verses for closing.
Birthday: Debbie Hillman (8)
For the sick and those needing healing and support:
For the departed:
For people suffering from religious persecution
For people experiencing violence throughout the world
For safety and protection for all travelers
For people suffering loss from fires or floods
About the Readings . . .
In the touching opening passage of the book of Ruth, (first reading) a Moabite woman is introduced. She it is who will become the grandmother of David the king. In binding herself to her mother- in-law, she goes beyond all expectations, a stranger in a strange land.
In Mark’s account of his discussion with Jesus, it is the scholar who grasps the truth that the ancient Shema supersedes the ritual act of Temple sacrifice. This is the truth that the author of Hebrews will develop in defining Jesus’ role when his self-offering abolishes the Temple rite. (second reading)
Next Week’s Readings (25 Pentecost):
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Psalm 127
Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44