“Leave Worry Behind” (Psalm 37:18-26; Matthew 6:24-34) Sunday, April 29, 2018

We extend a special welcome to our guest worship leader, the Rev. Richard Walker.

 

Rev. Walker worked at P&G for 23 years before going to United Theological Seminary and receiving his M.Div.

 

He was licensed and appointed to pastor congregations in Columbus and Dayton.

 

 

Call to Worship  

 

L:         Because of God’s faithful love,

 

P:         We do not perish, for His mercies never end.

 

L:         They are new every morning;

 

P:         Great is Your faithfulness!

 

U:        The Lord is our portion, therefore we will put of hope in God!

 

Scriptures (Psalm 37:18-26; Matthew 6:24-34)

 

                                   

Our first reading comes from the psalms. 

18The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide forever;
19they are not put to shame in evil times, in the days of famine they have abundance.
20But the wicked perish, and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
21The wicked borrow, and do not pay back, but the righteous are generous and keep giving;
22for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
 23Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when he delights in our way;
24though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.
25I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
26They are ever giving liberally and lending, and their children become a blessing.

Our second reading comes from the good news according to Matthew.

            Jesus said,

24 “No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.
 25 “This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?
 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
 27 Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying?
 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread.
 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith?
 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Richard Walker Sermon: “Leave Worry Behind” (Psalm 37:18-26; Matthew 6:24-34) Sunday, April 29, 2018

“Leave Worry Behind”