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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



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!


Children's Message:


Sermon Excerpt:

Law and Faith—Two Guardrails to Guide us!
Matthew 5: 17-20

Rev. Frank Schaefer

I think all of us here today are aware that Christianity is not exactly unified. The Christian World is subdivided into Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestant denominations, with the Protestant faiths consisting of many sub-denominations. And at the heart of the divisions are theological arguments.

There was recently a debate between a Roman Catholic and a Presbyterian church over whether Dogs go to Heaven. What was special about this debate was that this argument was carried out on their church marquees. These two churches are facing each other across a busy street. Someone photographed the marquees as the argument unfolded.

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Whether its a discussion on whether dogs go to heaven, on baptism, or on Scriptural authority, we do argue our theological differences.

Today’s Scripture really touches on an ancient Christian debate that pits works-righteousness against faith-righteousness. Apparently, even in the early church Faith and Law represented two paths to salvation.

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