Worry Song (for Congregation)
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Lyrics (CONGREGATION VERSION, TO THE TUNE FINLANDIA)
Savior, I need reminding not to worry.
When worldly cares, like weeds, keep reappearing,
For I have heard your gentle tones to Martha.
Healer of cares, you tell me seek your kingdom.
This hymn incorporates several teachings on worry, beginning with the lectionary lesson of the lilies and sparrows from Christ's Sermon on the Mount. It also includes aspects of the Parable of the Sower and the story of Martha and Mary from Luke 10.
The Gospel lesson of the lilies and sparrows comes up in either very late Epiphany or in late May of Year A (depending on when Easter falls), as well as on Thanksgiving in Year B. To use this hymn for Thanksgiving of Year B, you could include only verses 1 and 4. You might even add 4-part choir harmony for verse 4!
Here is a link to the tune FINLANDIA by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Since the tune seems to be under copyright in some parts of the world, we are not providing sheet music. You may already have music for it, however, because the tune is used in other hymns. The link can remind you of its melody.
(Savior, I Need Reminding Not to Worry)
This version, set to the tune FINLANDIA, is designed for congregations to sing.