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 Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (a)
   

5th Sunday after Epiphany

Texts & Discussion:
Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
Psalm 112:1-9(10)
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
Matthew 5:13-20

 

This Week's Themes:
Serving Over Fasting
Divine Wisdom Within 
Let Your Light Shine

 

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Call To Worship (based on Isaiah )

L: if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
P: then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.
L: The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places,
P: and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

All: Let us worship the LORD and restore justice in the land!


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Doing the Right Thing
Matthew 5:13-20
by Dr. David Rogne

During the Second World War there was a movie entitled "Edge of Darkness" that my family saw several times. It was about the Norwegian resistance during the German occupation of Norway. My folks were from Norway, so it had particular interest for us. One scene sticks in my mind because it was the starting point of the earliest conversations I can remember about the moral dilemma faced by Christians. A German soldier had been killed, so the Germans rounded up a number of townspeople to be killed in reprisal. The condemned people were marched to the graveyard, required to dig their own graves, and were about to be shot when the Lutheran pastor of the village emerged from the church tower with a machine gun and proceeded to kill the German soldiers who were guarding the prisoners. This met with great approval from the theater audience. Later, at home, conversation got around to the actions of the pastor, who had committed his life to teaching the Christian faith, including the Commandment "Thou shalt not kill." Had he done the right thing in killing others to save his townspeople?

How are we supposed to make moral choices? If we are Christians, do we simply learn the Commandments and other rules of conduct and apply them in the same way regardless of circumstances, or do we make exceptions? By themselves, do the moral teachings of the Bible tell us automatically what we should do in every situation?

In the passage which was read today, Jesus says that the commandments must not be relaxed; that their validity is fixed and constant. But what about the times when you have done what is right according to the Bible, but something inside of you says that it isn't right? . . . . Subscribers: click here for full manuscript and all other sermons and resources

  
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