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03.15.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Our culture tells us that with enough money, the right resources, and the latest technology, we can guard ourselves from every worry and guarantee our happiness. Yet our pursuit of these things often leads into more fear and anxiety. Come hear how Jesus proposes to fulfill our desire for security and flourishing as we continue our series in the Sermon on the Mount.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: 

Praise the Lord, for his love reaches to the heavens!

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

Shout for joy, for his righteousness is like the mighty mountains!

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

Sing to the Lord, for he is the fountain of life and light!

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

Put not your hope in the nation;
Put not your hope in a king.
Trust in the only one who opens eyes
and sets the prisoner free.

He is the maker of heaven;
He formed the earth and the sea.
Our help will come from the Lord our God,
our gracious king of peace.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

He is the hope of the hungry;
He is the Lord of the feast.
Our Father’s house always opens wide
to welcome refugees.

The fatherless find a Father;
The widow rests in His strength.
The heart of God is forever home
to all the poor and weak.

Words & Music by Wendell Kimbrough & Paul Zach. © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) & Paul Zach Publishing (SESAC). CCLI #7100100

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION:

Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Enable us now by the Holy Spirit to rest in Christ, who brings us into the Father’s home. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE:

Deuteronomy 8:11-18

Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied,  then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Silent Confession

Greed is the excessive desire for and dependence on material wealth or gain.
Generosity is giving up material wealth for the sake of the common good.
Confess your sins of greed and ask God for generosity.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Amen.

To Thee I come a sinner poor
And wait for mercy at Thy door
Indeed I’ve nowhere else to flee
O God be merciful to me

To Thee I come a sinner weak
And scarce know how to pray or speak
From fear and weakness set me free
O God be merciful to me

To Thee I come a sinner vile
Upon me Lord vouchsafe to smile
Mercy through blood I make my plea
O God be merciful to me

To Thee I come a sinner great
And well Thou knowest all my state
Yet full forgiveness is with Thee
O God be merciful to me

To Thee I come a sinner lost
Nor have I aught wherein to trust
But where Thou art Lord I would be
O God be merciful to me

To glory bring me Lord at last
And there when all my fears are past
With all Thy saints then I’ll agree
God was merciful to me

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

–Psalm 145

SCRIPTURE:

Matthew 6:19-34

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,  but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

When the fields are dry and the winter is long
Blessed are the meek the hungry the poor
When my soul is downcast and my voice has no song
For mercy for comfort I wait on the Lord

In the harvest feast or the fallow ground
My certain hope is in Jesus found
My lot my cup my portion sure
Whatever comes we shall endure
Whatever comes we shall endure

On a cross of wood His blood was outpoured
He Rose from the ground like a bird to the sky
Bringing peace to our violence
And crushing death’s door
Our Maker incarnate our God who provides

Come oh come Emmanuel
Come oh come Emmanuel

When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes
Not a sparrow falls nor a hair from my head
Without His hand to guide me
My shield and my strength
In joy or in sorrow in life or in death

Sandra McCracken
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