January 22

Sermon on the Mount I

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Matthew 5:1-20


Jesus teaches: Beatitudes, salt of the earth, let your light shine.

Call to Worship

Holy One,
You have called us the Salt of the earth –
challenging us to enhance the world
with the flavors of joy and justice,
hope and peace, courage and community.
Forgive us our blandness.
You have called us the Light of the world –
challenging us to live as beacons of hope amidst the shadows:
showing forth your color and creativity,
brightening the pathways that lead toward your kingdom,
pointing toward the glimmers of your glory
that forever shine amongst us.
Forgive us when we hide the Light you give.
Spice us up with the goodness of your Spirit.
Shine through us with your radiance.
Set us free from bitterness and bleakness,
that we may live as salt and light in this world.

Congregational Song Suggestions

The Beatitudes:

Balaacoolwe (Blessed Are the Persecuted)

Tonga – VT 578

Beauty for Brokenness

VT 712

“Blessed Are You”

VT 290

Blessed Are the Poor (Rejoice, Be Glad)

Text: Adam M. L. Tice

Tune: Kate Williams

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

If Jesus Is Come

Text: Adam M. L. Tice

Tune: Sally Ann Morris

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

O Blest Are You

Text: Mary Louise Bringle

Tune: Zach Stachowski

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“Onyame wo mu o (In Your Sickness)”

Ghana – VT 607

“Sword into a Plowshare”

VT 798

“When the Lord Redeems the Very Least”

GTG 852


As You Go Out from Here

VT 841

Light and Salt” (M. Roger Holland II)


“You Are Salt for the Earth”

VT 297


Here in This Place (Gather Us In)

GTG 401, VT 10

Let Your Little Light Shine, Shine, Shine

Georgia Sea Island spiritual

Arrangement by Pamela Warrick-Smith

“Longing for Light, We Wait in Darkness (Christ, Be Our Light)”

GTG 314, VT 715

This Little Light of Mine


Together We Serve

GTG 767

Beyond the Hymnal


by John Lennon

 “Be a Light”

by Josh Thompson, Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, and Josh Miller