Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Rejoicing in this calling, we praise God who sustains us all our days.
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Heavenly Father, you have called your people to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Give us vigorous faith and a love that is genuine, so that all may see our works and give you the glory. 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.
“Here I Am to Worship” – The Acappella Company
A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 58:7-10 (NLT)
[Isaiah suggests some ways of shining light in the world’s darkness.]
Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
“Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 112:4-9 (NLT)
Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.
“This Little Light of Mine” – The Acappella Company
A Reading from the Letters: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NLT)
[Paul speaks of his reliance on the power of God.]
When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)
[Jesus calls us to be examples of Christian living.]
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
“Lord We Come Before Thee Now” – The Acappella Company
Gracious God: You have given us Your Son Jesus – the Light of the world – to shine Light in our dark world. Conform our prayers to His perfect will that our lives might reflect His glory. Lord, hear us when we call –
+ That we might freely share what we have with the hungry, homeless and helpless…
+ That we might work tirelessly to remove the yoke of oppression from the weak and powerless…
+ That we might exhibit wisdom and sound judgement in all that we say and do…
+ That we might grow in godliness, obedience and love and experience Your healing power…
Merciful God, You are the Light that makes clear our way before us. Hear our prayers through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
“To Him Who Sits On the Throne” – The Acappella Company
Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen. – Revelation 7:12
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
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