Salt and Light

29th May 2011, Sherburn-in-Elmet Methodist Church, Worship and AGM

Scripture: Exodus 13:17-14:14 & John 15

This service included the AGM in which the reports were received and ‘Good News’ stories shared. It included scripture, sermon and Holy Communion. The revealed theme of the service was that the Church is called to be ‘Salt and Light’ in the community in which the resurrection power of Easter is manifest in the presence of God’s people bringing God’s light and love into the midst of the local community. The challenge from the sermon is for the Church to take a risk and step out in faith, to be adventurous in trying new ways to engage in mission and not hanker after the past.

Not used except in passing, the following scripture from ‘The Message’ conveys the sense of the image.

Matthew 5:13-16 (MsgB)  
    “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
    [14] “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. [15] If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. [16] Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

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