Fifth Sunday after
We Gather as the Body of Christ
and FUNNY STORY
CENTERING WORDS (Matthew 5)
You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.
Jesus says so. Be salty and let your light shine.
CALL TO WORSHIP (Matthew 5)
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. Let your Light shine
before others so that they may see the good work that
God is doing through you.”
We come to worship to be reminded that God’s light can shine through us. No matter what challenges you are in the midst of, no matter what shadows or even darkness, God’s light can shine through.
Let us worship God together!
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Isaiah 58: 1-9a Sharon Stewart
HYMN: Here I Am, Lord
UMC Hymnal #593
A READING from the PSALMS
Psalm 112: 1-9 Sharon Stewart
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PREPARATION to PRAYER
I Love You, Lord
The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2068
We Attend to the Word
HYMN: Be Thou My Vision
UMC Hymnal #451
Matthew 5: 13-20
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
When We are Salty & Bright…
We Gather at Christ's Table
INVITATION to the OFFERING
God invites us to give with a generous heart,
sharing what we have with others. Let us bring our gifts to God.
Give as you are called and as you are able.
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal # 94
BLESSING OF THE OFFERING (Psalm 112)
(Unison) Pastor Bob
Radiant One, source of every good gift, we thank and praise you for the light you shine in our hearts and lives. Receive the gifts we bring before you this day, that they may loosen the bonds of injustice, feed the hungry, and let the oppressed go free.
In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Spirit Song UMC Hymnal #347
COME TO THE TABLE OF GOD’S LIGHT
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
BENEDICTION (Psalm 112, Matthew 5)
You are the salt of the earth; so be salty. lives.
You are the light of the world; let your light shine.
May your thirst for justice and righteousness be like a city
on the hill that cannot be hid.
Go with the blessings of the one who makes us salt and light.
DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!
SENDING FORTH HYMN
Let There Be Peace on Earth
UMC Hymnal #431
Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2023.