Call to Worship: based on Psalm 103:1-8; 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Again today we come together to worship—
the God of creation, of salvation,
of time and eternity;
the God of all peoples, of all nations,
of all conditions of people everywhere.
Praise the Lord.
All that is within me,
Praise God’s holy name.
Praise the Lord and remember all his kindnesses: in forgiving our sins;
in curing our diseases;
in saving us from destruction; in surrounding us with love.
Praise the Lord that He is our hope, our refuge in times of trouble.
The Lord is full of mercy and compassion.
The Lord is slow to anger and willing to give us gifts of love.
Praise the Lord! Oh, all that is within me, praise the Lord.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.