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Call to Worship
L: Come, all who are burdened with many tasks.
P: God provides a space for rest and renewal.
L: Come, all who have turned away from God.
P: God welcomes us with healing and forgiveness.
L: Come, all who desire to know Christ.
P: Here we find unexpected grace and unconditional love. Thanks be to God!
Creator of all, we come from many places. Some of us come with heavy hearts. Some of us come with questions and few answers. Some of us come with joy bursting from our souls. Some of us come with long "to do" lists. Help us lay aside all that we carry with us and focus on you-- the source of our lives, the one who fills our days with joy and love, the one who provides answers to our questions. Almighty God, we come this day to turn our minds and hearts toward you. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.
While Jesus and his disciples were traveling, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his message. By contrast, Martha was preoccupied with getting everything ready for their meal. So Martha came to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to prepare the table all by myself? Tell her to help me.”
The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.”