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“Salt and Light” Sermon for February 5, 2017

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Published on Feb 6, 2017

Rev. Charles Svendsen
Scripture: Isaiah 58: 1-9a & Matthew 5:13-20

Pastor Charles' Warmup:
This Sunday, February 5th, we gather as believers at the Lord's Supper. In Holy Communion we remember the life, death, resurrection and coming again of our Redeemer and Ruler. Our lessons on this Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time are Isaiah 58:1-9a and Matthew 5:13-20. The Isaiah text describes the obedience of the faithful "...to share our bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless into our homes." I think of our Wednesday night meals and shelter which welcomed 57 dinner guests this week; 33 stayed for the overnight shelter. The Matthew text continues our Lord's Sermon on the Mount. My sermon is entitled simply "Salt and Light." Salt accents and preserves food. So as Christians we are to be the world's flavor and restoration. And light is a beacon and a guide. Our KFC students are learning on Tuesday nights what it means to enlighten our hearts and community with the light of Jesus.
Our traditional worship is at 9:30 am and our contemporary worship is at 11:15 am. Steve and I look forward to seeing you in church.

Charles Svendsen


Isaiah 58: 1-9a
Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.

“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,


Matthew 5:13-20
“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.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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