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Salt & Light

Don't hide your light!

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Mt 5:13–16).

What would your food taste like if you always forgot to add the salt? How dreary would your life be if you never turned on the lights in your home?

When we hide our faith from others, that's exactly what we're doing. We forget to apply God's seasoning to the world. We neglect to shine the light of Christ into the deep need of the world.

In her sermon this week, Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler reminds us that Jesus' audience was living in a similar situation to our 21st Century, post-Christian context. The government was not based on religious values as it had been in the days of Israel's independence. Jews and the early Christians were strange to the wider culture. 

Jesus' audience, including us, has a choice. Will we blend into the bland darkness? Or will we season this world with our witness and bring the hope of light to those who are struggling?

Listen to this week's sermon below or forward this email to share it with a friend! You can also view the archived live worship stream on our Facebook Page.

When you see your salt shaker, remember to be the salt of the earth. When you turn on the lights, remember to reflect God's light brightly to others.

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Dig Deeper

Do a Bible search for the themes of "salt" and "light." What else does Scripture have to say about this metaphor Jesus uses?

One place to start is Ephesians 5:8–14 – "Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light."

Reflect on a song that talks about the light of Jesus. What do those words through song mean to you? Listen to the Hymn "I Want to Walk as a Child of Light," and pray the words, "shine in my heart, Lord Jesus."
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Next Sunday's Sermon

"The Gift of Outrageous Grace"

Matthew 5:21–37

Concerning Anger

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Go & Grow!

Our leadership created a new mission statement at this year's retreat: "Going in Service, Growing in Faith." What does it mean for you? We're asking everyone to do TWO things.
  1. Thing One: Go in Service. Do something to support a ministry in the church through your time and talents.
  2. Thing Two: Grow in Faith. Join or continue in a small group that will help you draw closer to God.
Are you still looking for inspiration for your "two things?" In the coming weeks, we'll have more information on existing small groups, new groups, and service opportunities!
In the next few months, you'll be receiving an invitation to Brunch with the Pastor on a Saturday morning. This will be an opportunity to meet some other members of the church and spend some time with Rev. Tina and our leaders. We will be doing this in small groups to allow more intimate conversations.
We have a limited number of tickets for a showing of "Jesus" at the Cinemark in Robinson Township on April 11th. Contact Judy or Joel at the office to secure your spot.
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