July 17, 2022: Distracted Lately?

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Luke 10:38-42; Dave Herr

  • “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” arr. by James Southbridge; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “O Breath of Life,” words by Bessie Porter Head, music by Carlton Young; Trinity Singers
  • Hymn 433: “All Who Love and Serve Your City,” by Erik Routley
  • Hymn 393: “Spirit of the Living God,” by Daniel Iverson
  • “Cathedral Shadows,” by Dennis Eliot; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “That Will Be Glory!” tunes: “New Name” by C. Miles and “Glory Song” by C. Gabriel; Donna Grubbs, piano, and Carlos Xavier, flute †
  • Reading from Scripture: Luke 10:38-42; Dave Herr
  • Sermon: “Distracted Lately?” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Holy Communion Reflection: Genesis 18:1-10a: Margaret Cox, “The Sacrament of Radical Hospitality”
  • Hymn 2175: “Together We Serve,” by Daniel Charles Damon
  • Choral Response: 431 “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
  • “With a Song Ringing,” by Ross Anderson; Pauline Olsen, organ

Song Leader: Sue Nimemires

† “O That Will Be Glory,” also known as “The Glory Song,” by Charles Gabriel was first published in 1900, and by 1914 the song had been translated into at least 17 languages. From 1930 to 1965, “O That Will Be Glory” was the theme song of evangelist G. E. Lowman’s international radio broadcast.

Leave it up to Brant Adams, the arranger, as he often turns a normal, regular hymn tune into a playful bright gospel with the sound of a little boogie-woogie and some ragtime. We know this isn’t the usual meditative sort of special, but hope it makes you feel happy on this beautiful summer morning!

Donna and Carlos

Distracted Lately?

Outline-Notes July 17, 2022

Luke 10:38-42 (NRSV) 38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

JOY – Jesus – Others – Yourself – we found Joy when we put God first (Children’s Sermon)


  • 95% of employees say IT issues decrease workplace productivity and moral
  • Stress – anxiety is addicting I’ve seen that many people are addicted to the adrenaline rush of anxiety, known as “the fight or light response” and don’t know how to diffuse it.
  • Health – adverse effects of techno-despair such as insomnia, nightmare, restless sleep and ongoing angst. You too can break your addiction to anxiety and lead a more peaceful life.

Martha – distracted by many things

  • Distracted by her service, her diaconia. Earlier in Luke, Jesus talked about the seed (The Word of God) that fell among the thorns – those who do not receive it because are preoccupied with “the cares and riches and pleasures of life” 8:14. Martha’s distraction places her in this category.
  • She is “righteously” angry – but Jesus’ response is a lament because she’s let societal distractions interfere with her hearing the word of God. One does not live by bread alone” (4.4) Like the disciples, Mary had left everything to follow Jesus.

Martha – Her cares about fulfilling her duty has thrown her life into disorder

  • Theologian Paul Tillich once said, “There are innumerable concerns in our lives and human life generally, which demand attention, devotion, passion. But they do not demand infinite attention, unconditional devotion, ultimate passion. They are important, often very important, for you and me and the whole of humankind. But they are not ultimately important…”
  • Jesus reminds us that there is only one thing, and that Mary has chosen the better part.

Busy or Priorities – We need to stop and listen to the business of our lives

  • Mary – sitting at his feet (the place of a disciple 8:35 and Acts 22:3) Rabbinic lore: “Let thy house be a meetinghouse for the Sages and sit amid the dust of their feet and drink in their words with this . . . [but] talk not much with womankind.” The Mishnah
  • Mary – Listened to what he was saying

Be Still vs. Be Busy

  • Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God
  • 1 Kings 19:11013 Elijah 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a]a still small voice. 13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”


  • Last week: Love thy neighbor
  • This week: Devotion to God’s Word = Love God
  • Unlikely heroes – Samaritan ad Mary together they are model disciples “those who hear the word of God and do it “ 8:21 By sitting at Jesus’ feet, Mary is acting like a male – neglecting the duty of helping her sister with the meal – violating a clear social boundary = bringing shame upon her house.
  • It’s not What you do – but Who you are
  • In God’s Kin-dom we are not too busy, distracted, … a constant reminder
  • Prayer and discernment


Culpepper, R, Alan, (1994). The Gospel of Luke: Introduction, Commentary and Reflections, New Interpreter’s Bible, pp. 230-232. Abingdon Press, Nashville.

Johnson, Shawn, (2022). Report: 95% of employees say IT issues reduce workplace productivity and morale. Business News https://biz.crast.net/report-95-of-employees-say-it-issues-reduce-workplace-productivity-and-morale-2/

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org

Orloff, Judith, (2011) Are You Addicted to Abnxiety? Learn How Not to Be. Psychology Today.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-freedom/201104/are-you-addicted-anxiety-learn-how-not-be