SERVICE SUMMARY: We all want to live with purpose; we want to live for something beyond ourselves. Yet most of us feel the futility of modern life and wonder if we have a place in this world. What if God told you that you were essential for his work in the world? Join us this week as we learn from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount.
What the soul is in a body, this the Christians are in the world.
—Epistle to Diognetus, 2nd Century
“Light of the world” and “salt of the earth” apply either everywhere, every time, and radically—or not at all.
And now the LORD says,
he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD,
and my God has become my strength—
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
I will make you as a light for the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Thus says the LORD,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
CONFESSION OF SIN
God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ, longs to embrace us in his love,
We confess that we have been wayward children.
We have disobeyed your commands and ignored your mission;
Our ears have been deaf to your call and our hearts have been cold to your love.
Father, we confess that we have hurt others and dishonored your name.
We have been selfish and self-reliant.
We have hoarded our gifts instead of using them to bless others.
We have failed to reflect your love to the watching world.
Lord, have mercy on us, and forgive us for our sins.
Receive us again as your well-beloved children,
not because we are worthy, but for the sake of Christ
who loved us and gave himself for us. Amen.
SONG TO CONSIDER