Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Lord gathers us into his loving embrace, the Lord who invites us not to worry about tomorrow. Setting our hearts on his kingdom, we entrust all our tomorrows to him and ask him to help us live for this, his day.
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord God, your care for us surpasses even a mother’s tender love. Renew our trust in your faithfulness, that we may abandon all anxiety and seek first your kingdom. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
“How Great Thou Art “ – Blue Rock Mennonite Youth
A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 49:14-15 (NLT)
Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.”
“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9 NLT)
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.
So many enemies against one man—all of them trying to kill me. To them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind, and the powerful are not what they appear to be. If you weigh them on the scales, together they are lighter than a breath of air.
“Psalm 62” – Aaron Keyes
A Reading from the Letters: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 (NLT)
So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mysteries. Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.
So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.
A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 5:38-48 (NLT)
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
“It Is Well With My Soul” – A Capella Singing
Faithful God, our rock and our stronghold, hear the deep yearnings of our hearts and attend to our needs.
+ For all believers, that we may experience your tender love…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Christian leaders, that they may teach by word and example…. Lord, hear us.
+ For parents everywhere, that they may be supported in their task of raising the next generation…. Lord, hear us.
+ For women everywhere, that all cultures may respect women’s rights and dignity…. Lord, hear us.
+ For believers everywhere, as we begin Lent this week, that we may learn humility and seek your Kingdom above all else…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all those who have died in Christ, that they may enjoy eternal rest and peace with you…. Lord, hear us.
Faithful God, our fortress and our strength, hear our prayers and help us grow in love for you and trust in your promises. We ask this through Jesus Christ out Lord. Amen.
“Great is thy faithfulness” – Songs of Praise
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. – 1 Thessaalonians 5:23-24
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen