Anxiety is no longer a singular state of being. It has become a chronic condition for many people who live their entire days under a constant state of stress.
We constantly wonder “What if …”
Anxiety is a natural part of our fight or flight response to the world around us. However, if we spend our entire lives in such a frenzied state, we can become frozen in fear and hiding.
During Jesus’ time there was chronic anxiety like there is today but for very different reasons. Their anxiety was over having enough to eat, having enough clothes, having a place to live. Though many in our world still struggle with this immediate sense of urgency, most of us in the United States have transitioned our anxiety to more frivolous concerns.
Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:25-34 American Standard Version (ASV)
Jesus’ reply to this anxiety was to not be anxious at all. As God takes care of the wild flowers and the birds, so will God take care of you.
Jesus answered with a promise. God will take care of us if we “But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (verse 33)
How do we seek the Kingdom of God?
Do What Matters...Together Reading Plan
Wednesday, 9/16: Mt 20:1-19
Thursday, 9/17: Mt 20:20-34
Friday, 9/18: Mt 21:1-27
Saturday, 9/19: Mt 21:28-46
Sunday, 9/20: Mt 22:1-22
Monday, 9/21: Mt 22:23-46
Tuesday, 9/22: Mt 23:1-22
Wednesday, 9/23: Mt 23:23-39
: The youth choir begins practices tonight from 5:00-5:45 in the Sanctuary.
United Methodist Women
: The United Methodist Women will meet TOMORROW, September 17th, at 9:30am in Room 17. All women of the church are invited!
"James Says" Sermon Series
: James was the younger brother of Jesus, the leader of the early church in Jerusalem, and was ultimately martyred for his faith. During this exciting, 6-week, sermon series we will discover what "James Says" about some important topics. Please join us in worship and invite others to join you! Here's the schedule:
September 20th, James 2, Faith and Deeds
September 27th, James 3, Taming the Tongue
October 4th, James 4:1-10, Friendship with the World
October 11th, James 5:1-6, A Warning to the Rich
Hispanic Ministry Fundraiser
: The Hispanic Ministry will be hosting a meal in the Fellowship Hall at 10am and 12pm THIS SUNDAY. This meal will serve as a fundraiser for their ministries. Please make plans to eat at the church that day and support them.
Bible Study Series for Women
: The women's Bible study meets on Sundays at 5:30pm in Memory Hall. They are doing a 6-week study by Beth Moore titled "Breath: The Life of God in Us". For more information, contact Ann Lundy at 270-307-1325
: We will have our quarterly Administrative Council meeting on Sunday, September 27th, at 6pm in the Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to attend.
Ways to Pray and Serve
Prayer Small Group Opportunity
: Linda Howlett is leading a small group on prayer titled "A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner's Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads". This Bible study introduces prayer beads as a tool for connecting with God. Each week's lesson contains Scripture, a weekly reading, a prayer bead experience, and reflection questions. This study is on Monday nights at 6:30pm in the HOGGS Classroom.
Clarity Solutions for Women "Walk for Life"
: The "Walk for Life" will be held this Saturday, September 19th, at ECA. Registration is at 8:30am and the walk begins at9am. For more information, visit their website at www.clarityky.com
Mission Night Kick-Off
: September 23rd from 6-8pm will be our first Church-wide mission night for the Fall! We will be doing 5 main projects:
-Delivering snacks to the staff at Signature Healthcare (***Morning Option***)
-Visiting Residents at Signature Healthcare
-Cleanup at Freeman Lake
-Delivering snacks to Empire Beauty School and CareFirst Urgent Care
-Sending letters of encouragement to our college students (***At Home Option***)
All volunteers, with the exception of those doing the morning snack delivery at Signature, should meet in the Fellowship Hall at 6pm on September 23rd for instructions and prayer. Then, we will be sent out to our various ministry sites. You may sign-up for a project by replying to this email or calling the church office at 270-765-4284
. We encourage you to sign up now! Please let us know if you have any questions!
Have a blessed week!