Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

When:
February 9, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
2020-02-09T11:00:00-05:00
2020-02-09T12:00:00-05:00
Where:
Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
311 Blue Grass Trail
Newport, Virginia
24128
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Morris Fleischer
(540) 544-7183

Message: The Promise of Guidance

In her book Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard writes, “You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary.” Called to be the light of the world, we are summoned into the dark places around us, bearing the light of Christ.

Matthew 5:13-20 (NRSV)

“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 underfoot.  “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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