27 Jun Worship Bulletin – 6/28/20
McPherson First Church of the Brethren
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Sunday, June 28, 2020
Today’s Trouble is Enough for Today
Welcome | Matthew 6:25-34 (paraphrased)
“I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you
will wear. 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 God feeds them.
Are you not as valuable as they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
And why do you worry 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 clothed like one of these lilies.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will God
not much more clothe you – you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
For it is those who do not know God – who strive for all these things; and indeed God knows that you need all
these things. But strive first for the reign of God on Earth and for God’s righteousness, and all these [other]
things will be given to you as well.
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.
Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Call to Worship
Enter into worship – leave – the chaos, the work, the play, the fears, the concerns.
Enter into worship – settle into silence, be fully present, be aware of God – before you, behind you, within you.
Opening Song | “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (sing twice)
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face;
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”
Children’s Time | Dan Lichty
Invitation to Give | Edwina Gateley
Let Your God Love You
Be silent. Be still. Alone. Empty.
Before your God. Say nothing. Ask nothing. Be silent. Be still.
Let your God look upon you. That is all.
God knows. God understands.
God loves you with an enormous love and only wants to look upon you with that love.
Quiet. Still. Be.
Let your God love you.
Psalm and Song | Psalm 46: 1-11 with “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”
Psalm 46: verses 1 through 3
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Prayer Song |“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” | Verse 1
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, why should my heart be lonely and long for
heaven and home, when Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is he: his eye is on the sparrow, and I know
he watches me; his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me. I sing because I’m happy, I sing
because I’m free, for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
Psalm 46: verses 4 through 7
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; God utters God gives voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Prayer Song | “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” | Verse 2
“Let not your heart be troubled,” his tender word I hear, and resting on his goodness, I lose my doubts and
fears; though by the path he leadeth but one step I may see: his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches
me; his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me. I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
Psalm 46: verses 8 through 11
8 Come behold the works of God; see what desolations God has brought on the earth.
9 God makes wars cease to the end of the earth; God breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
God burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Prayer Song | “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” | Verse 3
Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise, when song gives place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to him, from care he sets me free: his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me; his
eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me. I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, for his
eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
Scripture Focus | Matthew 6:25-34 | THE MESSAGE
25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table
at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food
you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the
birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count as
much or more to God than birds.”
27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and
money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk
out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and
design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.”
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers — most of which are never even seen —
don’t you think God will attend to you, take pride in you, do the best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to
get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t
know God and the way God works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how God works. Steep
your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your
everyday human concerns will be met.”
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may
not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up – when the time comes.”
Message | “Do Not Worry” | Kathryn Whitacre
Sending Song | “Sweet Hour of Prayer” | #11
Music Coordinator/Accompanist/Organist/Pianist: Ellen Gilbert
Vocalist: Eric Johnson
Technical Volunteers: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Doug Lengel, Steve Lolling, Chris Whitacre