Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 09-FEB-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Epiphany 5 – What kind of world are you prepared to live in, and what are you prepared to do for it? In the chosen portion from Isaiah, God makes it clear that he does not respond to people who cry out for him to intervene on their behalf, if they're quarreling among themselves and mistreating their fellow humans. God will only respond to our cries for help if we notice and respond to the pressing needs of others. The gospel passage from Matthew follows on directly from the Beatitudes, with Jesus addressing the same small group of people to assure them that they were, metaphorically, the salt or seasoning that brings out God's flavour to the world, and the light that reveals God's colours to the world. The earliest Christian churches exemplified this teaching, with growing communities that were noted for their outstanding care for others, including their non-believing neighbours.
Isaiah 59: 1-9; Matthew 5: 13-16

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