We're worshipping online and not in-person this Sunday (10/4) as we do our part to keep people safe from COVID-19.
This Sunday, we have a special guest.
The Rev. Dr. Paul Nancarrow most recently served as Rector of Trinity Church in Staunton, Virginia, and before that was Rector of St George's Church in St Louis Park in ECMN. He is enjoying retirement with his wife Lee in Eden Prairie, and continues a ministry of theological and spiritual writing at paulsnancarrow.wordpress.com.
Email the webmaster for the online service link. It's a 9:30 AM Service. Saints Martha & Mary has a team approach. Each week you get to hear from a different voice, a different perspective, including that of the Rev. Tom Eklo, the Rev. Jennifer Walding, and the Rev. Tom Garrison. We believe different perspectives help our congreagation see the many ways Christ's word and works are alive in the world.
The signboard at Saints Martha and Mary Church features a quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. With all the challenges we face in the world, he knows that sometimes it can feel a little daunting to do something about them. His advice: Do what you can. Start where you are.
Or as Paul says in Philippians 2, God "is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure." No, we cannot do everything, but neither must we refuse to do the something we can do, to paraphrase William Everett Hale of the Lend A Hand Society. So, do what you can. Start where you are. Love your neighbor with no exceptions, and ask God to help you do the rest.
Finally, a big thank you to all who helped with Saturday's outdoor clean-up of the grounds at Marth & Mary. Nearly 30 bags of brush, leaves and weeds cleared. May your life, not be like the seeds described in Luke which fell among the thorns, people who are choked with worries and bring no fruit to maturity. May your seed be in the good soil, helping you to hear the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, allowing you to bear fruit with perseverance.