This Week’s Sermon and Resources

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 20 & 21, 2019

 “Finish Strong”
Genesis 18:1-15

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 18:1-15 (NIV “84) (sermon text)

1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.  2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.  3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.  4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.  5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way– now that you have come to your servant.” “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”  6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread.”  7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.  8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.  9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. “There, in the tent,” he said.  10 Then the LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.  11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.  12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?”  13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’  14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”  15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42 (NIV “84)

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?Tell her to help me!”  41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

For the Word of God is active and alive.

The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 4, Verse 12