Mountain Mortality: Salt and Light
SUNDAY, September 15 at 10:00AM

Salt and Light

Thanks to those who contributed to the Bahamas emergency last Sunday. We raised over $1500.
Donations will also be gladly received this coming Sunday. Simply make out a check to the church and write
UMCOR Bahamas
on the memo line
or designate other forms of giving in this way.

Last Sunday’s scripture invited everyone to flourish or to bloom or blossom. This Sunday’s scripture continues the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells his friends that they are salt of the earth,  And that they are the light of the world. No advanced degrees are required. There are no interviews for the job. No preliminaries. You are a flourishing person whose light shines in the world. That is a  given. God’s rich grace and love are gifts that are available to all. No prerequisites. Simply accept them and celebrate the great joy and healing that they bring.

How easy or hard is it for you to accept this reality for yourself? Are you a role model for others? How is your light shining?

Matthew 5:13-20 (Common English Bible)

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.

“Don’t even begin to think that I have come to do away with the Law and the Prophets. I haven’t come to do away with them but to fulfill them. I say to you very seriously that as long as heaven and earth exist, neither the smallest letter nor even the smallest stroke of a pen will be erased from the Law until everything there becomes a reality. Therefore, whoever ignores one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called the lowest in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps these commands and teaches people to keep them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. I say to you that unless your righteousness is greater than the righteousness of the legal experts and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 Prayer Requests

*Lois Adamek * Ginny Baldauf * Peggy & Paul Blankenship*
*Jim & Johanna Brownell* Pat & Gordon Close *Jan Dahl *
*Doug & Charlotte Gardner *Kevin Jenkins*  Dan McQuillen*
* Caroline Newton* Vivian Noble* Shirley Reese* 
* Ruth Reynolds* Irene Walela *John White*
The family of Dan Weeks who died Thursday, August 22. Memorial service will be on September 14, at 3:30pm here at St. Mark’s.

The family of Ken Fors who died Sunday, August 18. 
A memorial service for Ken will be held at the Veterans Home (3400 Knighton Rd, Redding, CA 96002) on Wednesday. September 18 at
10:00 am. Please check with Pastor Alan if you plan to attend.

The family of Dorothy McKibben, who died on Tuesday, September 9.
A memorial service will be held next month.