Date: February 27, 2011
Liturgical Sunday: Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany
Sermon Title: Worry
Knox Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110227_-_Knox.mp3|titles=Worry]
St. Mark’s Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110227_-_St_Marks.mp3|titles=Worry]
This Sunday’s Lectionary readings kept us in the Sermon on the Mount, skipping over the Lord’s Prayer, and going to the section on wealth and worry (maybe that would have been a better sermon title now that I think about it).
What I was trying to work out was the difference between “worry” and “indifference”; “worry” and “concern.” I have come to the conclusion that this passage of Scripture is frequently mis-interpreted in a couple of different ways. First, we aren’t supposed to plan for the future at all. Second, we aren’t supposed to care about ourselves. Both are wrong.
I don’t want to give away too much from the sermons but if you want a couple of takeaways from this Sunday: one is, worry is a kind of fear and we don’t have to be afraid . . . ever; and the other is, you can be concerned without fear but you can never be worried without fear.