E-votional and E-vents for July 28 – Aug. 3, 2021
This Sunday we visit the home of Mary and Martha, where Jesus is a guest. These two women have different ways of welcoming Jesus and a conflict starts to brew. Jesus observes with his characteristic blend of compassion and straight-talking, “Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.”
Many of us know what it’s like to feel worried and distracted by many things, especially under the pressures of COVID. We may not be experiencing the physical symptoms of “long COVID” from the virus but lots of us are experiencing a kind of spiritual long COVID from the effects of this pandemic on society and our own lives.
Jesus urges Martha, amid her worries and distractions, to see the one thing needed, the thing from which wellbeing flows, and that is spending time with him.
So today I encourage you to spend some time naming your worries and distractions to God and releasing them into his care. You might create a list on paper or name your worries and distractions to God in prayer; you might work through them as you exercise or garden or otherwise move your body today. Naming our worries to God is so different from ruminating on them; it’s about compassion (for ourselves) and straight-talking to Jesus, so that we can, as Jesus puts it, find rest for our souls.
Wherever we are today, Jesus is with us, offering the gift of his presence. May we release our worries and distractions to him.
Prayer: Lord, we believe that you care for us. Amid our worries and distractions, help us to trust this truth. Today we name before you what worries and distracts us, offering these burdens into your care. Let us receive from you all that we need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Scripture for Sunday: Luke 10:38-42
Survey closing soon…Sunday Morning Feedback
As we look ahead to the coming program year at PPC, please share your thoughts about our Sunday morning worship and Christian Education schedules. We’re accepting responses now through July 30 and encourage each person in your household to complete a survey—here’s the quick survey link to share your insights and preferences with us. CLICK HERE
Habitat for Humanity Build
The Missions Committee is recruiting a team from PPC to join the new Flower City Habitat for Humanity build on Saturday, August 14th from 9am to 4pm. 20 shifts have been reserved for our PPC family to volunteer. If you are interested, please register to participate at the following website (scroll to the bottom of the page to find PPC’s reserved date): Perinton Congregations – 2021 New Build on Smith Street Volunteer Campaign for Flower City Habitat for Humanity | Join as Participant (rochesterhabitat.org)
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Dial-In Option for Sunday Services:
1-646-558-8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 527-577-4982
Events this Week:
Wednesday, 7/28 7pm Evening Vesper on the hilltop
Sunday, 8/1 9:30am Worship
Tuesday, 8/3 7pm Session Meeting
Would you like to sponsor a Sunday morning bouquet to grace the chancel for worship? Flowers may be designated in honor or memory of loved ones or to celebrate a special occasion. Cost is $40. To reserve a date and order a bouquet, please contact PPC flower coordinator Nes Rideout at 425-1714 or [email protected].
|Giving This Week: Operating & Building……..||5,112|
|Budgeted Weekly Need:………………………………||8,615|
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