02/05/23 Weekly Worship

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We are glad that you are here this morning. We hope this time of worship nurtures
your faith enlivens your spirit and engages your mind as we celebrate God’s
love and healing for the world with the resurrection of Christ, our Risen Lord.

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February 5, 2023 | 5th Sunday of Epiphany

Rev. Denise Clark-Jones


In Isaiah, the people of Israel plead for God’s restoration and wonder why God does not accept their fasting and prayer. The prophet responds that their behavior contradicts their rituals—they serve their own needs and oppress their workers rather than fast to “loose the bonds of injustice…” and “to let the oppressed go free.” The psalmist extolls the benefits of keeping God’s commandments. Those who are gracious, merciful, righteous, just and generous to the poor are obedient to God’s commandments.  In our epistle reading, Paul continues to discuss the distinction between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of the cross in his first letter to the church in Corinth. He proclaims that faith comes from God alone, by means of the Holy Spirit, not the wisdom or eloquent words of human beings. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that they are salt and light. He warns, however, that salt may lose its flavor and light can be hidden, but then you just have a privatized religion. The church is part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world.

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