Worship service March 14, 2021

Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle   

You are invited this morning to think of a situation in the world or in your own life where Christ’s peace is needed. Hold that situation in silent prayer before God.

 

-moment of silence-

Call to Worship    VT 1024

Leader: There is no scarcity. There is no shortage.

 No lack of love, of compassion, of joy in the world.

 There is enough. There is more than enough.

 Only fear and greed make us think otherwise.

 No one need starve.

People: There is enough land and enough food.

Leader: No one need die of thirst.

People: There is enough water.

Leader: No one need live without mercy.

People: There is no end to grace.

Leader: And we are all instruments of grace.

People: The more we give it, the more we share it,

  the more we use it, the more God makes.

Leader: There is no scarcity of love.

  • Rosemarie Freeney Harding (USA), ca. 1990, © 2015 Duke University Press

Opening Hymn    For God So Loved Us      VT 158 (HWB 167)

two versions, one in English, one in German

Sharing and Prayer

God of the journey, we dwell in your Presence through the abundance of  your steadfast love. Receive these words of joy and gratitude. (God of life . . . we give you thanks.)

God of the wilderness, in the morning we plead our case to you. Receive our prayers for those we love and for this beloved world. (God, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer.)

Lord, Listen to your children praying        VT 682    HWB 353

Blessing of the Offering

Children’s Story – “How can we fight fear?” CQ Kids

Scripture        Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,[j] or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 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? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?[k] 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God[l] and his[m] righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Sermon   “Laying aside our fear”      Pastor Rose Marie

Hymn of Response      Sing a new world into being (tune of Joyful, joyful we adore thee) VT 809 (HWB 71)

Benediction    VT 1062

Live without fear:
your Creator has made you holy,
has always protected you,
and loves you as a mother.
Go in peace to follow the good road,

and may God’s blessing
be with you always.

  • Clare of Assisi (Italy), ca.13th c.