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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

Here again, Jesus asks us to reflect on the power we already have. “You are salt. You are light.” Not, “Do you want to be salt, or do you want to be light?” You already are. So, given that declaration from our Lord, how will we season? What will we light up?

Call to Worship

(inspired by Matthew 5:13-20, Mark 12:30-31, Matthew 22:36-40, Luke 10:27)

We are called to bring a new understanding of God:
that God so loves the world.
We are the salt of the earth.
We are called to bring a new hope in God:
that God gives us new life.
We are the light of the world.
We are called to follow
the commandments and the law.
The Law of God is to love God
and to love one another.
Come, let us be the salt of the earth,
the light of the world.
Come, let us love one another
with the love of God.
Let us join together in our love of God
to worship and follow Jesus.

Written by Rev Mindi and posted on Rev-o-lution. http://rev-o-lution.org. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2017/01/call-to-worship-loving-god-and-one.html.

Opening Prayer

(inspired by Matthew 5: 13-16)

God of mystery and of judgment,
who has made us to be salt and light
in a tasteless, shadowed world,
guide us in this time of worship.
Grant us understanding and spiritual discernment
so that others may see your good works through us,
give you the glory,
and be moved to serve you. Amen.

Posted on the website of the Caldwell United Methodist Church. http://www.caldwellumc.org. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/01/call-to-worship-opening-prayer-matthew.html.

Prayer

A Harvest of Hope

God of grace and glory,
we are so grateful for the leadership of extraordinary people,
shining light into the darkness of climate disaster,
transforming a curse into a blessing,
the gift of salt into a new harvest of hope.

Make us like that, Lord,
so that our faith is not in our words but in our lives,
not in what we say, but in what we do;
passing on your love like the salt that blesses,
like a city on a hill, like a lamp on a stand,
light for life, your light for the world.
Amen

From Harvest Prayers, posted on the Christian Aid website, http://www.christianaid.org.uk. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/04/prayer-harvest-of-hope.html.

Commission & Benediction

(inspired by Matthew 5: 13-16)

May our love be like salt
that makes life tasty and worthwhile.
May our Christian living be a light
to those who live in darkness.
May our Christian communities
be cities of light to be seen from afar
as signs that God lives and works in his people.
And may God bless you all for this mission:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Go now, and let the light of Christ shine
on all those who live around you. Thanks be to God!

Posted on Liturgy Alive. http://www.bibleclaret.org/liturgy. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/01/blessing-matthew-5-13-16.html.

In This Series...


Baptism of the Lord, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Transfiguration Sunday, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes

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In This Series...


Baptism of the Lord, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Transfiguration Sunday, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes