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Children’s Sermon

Luke 10:38-42


Jesus Invites Martha To Be Still


July 17, 2016

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Year C

ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • I have a tennis ball, here.
  • I can throw it in the air and then I can catch it.  [Do/Show this action]
  • Who here thinks they can do the same thing?  [pass the ball to him/her and have them prove it by copying what you just did]
  • Now I have TWO tennis balls which I'm going to throw in the air at the same time and then catch. [Do/Show this action]
  • Who here thinks they can do the same thing? [pass the two tennis balls to him/her and have them prove it by copying what you just did]
  • Now I have THREE tennis balls which I'm going to throw in the air at the same time and then catch.
  • Who thinks I can do that?  [try and fail spectacularly!]
  • If I can't catch 3 tennis balls, do you think I could catch four or five or twenty of them?
  • You don't think I can!?
  • I agree.  I don't think I can either.
  • In fact, just THINKING about it makes me nervous.


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • A lot of times, especially when we get older, life feels a lot like this activity.
  • There are lots of things to do, and it feels like all of those activities are "up in the air," and that you'll never be able to catch all of those things.
  • This can create a lot of worry and concern inside of us about what happens if something doesn't get caught and then "falls through the cracks."
  • We see something similar in today's scripture story, where there are two sisters.  One of the sisters, named Mary, is sitting and listening to Jesus.
  • But the other sister, Martha, is busy taking care of things, doing this and doing that.  One thing she is probably doing is getting some food ready.
  • In other words, she's busy catching all the tennis balls...and she’s doing a good job of it.
  • But making sure none of the tennis balls get dropped is making Martha worried and concerned – so much so that she gets annoyed with her sister. She even asks Jesus to tell Mary to get busy helping.
  • But did you hear what Jesus says to Martha at that point?
  • Jesus tells Martha to do what MARY is doing -- to be still and to listen to what Jesus is saying.


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • What Jesus tells Martha is a good reminder for us, too – that we don't have to keep juggling everything and keeping everything from falling apart all the time.
  • Instead, there are times when we are to be still and listen to Jesus’ words in the Bible stories or to God’s words in prayer.
  • And, when we do that, when we listen for these words, then we will better know what tennis balls we need to catch and which ones don't need to be caught.  
  • Which makes catching what we need to catch...[throw 3 tennis balls up and only catch one] ...a whole lot easier.
  • Which makes us a lot less worried and concerned on the inside.  
  • And this is the good news for today


CLOSING Prayer

  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,


Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…


…who reminds us…

…who reminds us…


…that your way…

…that your way…


…is not the busy way…

…is not the busy way…


…but the better way for us to live.

…but the better way for us to live.


Thank you and Amen




Originally posted July 12, 2013.
Updated on June 25, 2016
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia



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