“True Colors: White as Salt” Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19; Mark 9:49-50; Matthew 17:1-2; Revelation 7:9-14

Call to Worship:

 L:         After being in God’s presence on Mount Sinai, the face of Moses shone.

P:         We come before God’s presence this morning.

L:         Jesus took Peter, James, and John to Mount Tabor.

P:          When his face shone brighter than the sun, they realized in whose presence they were.

L:         Come Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful.

P:         Kindle within us the fire of your love until our faces are aglow!

Scripture (Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19; Mark 9:49-50; Matthew 17:1-2; Revelation 7:9-14)                                                                               

 Our first reading comes from the books of Leviticus and Numbers. Listen for God’s word.

13You shall not omit from your grain offerings the salt of the covenant with your God; with all your offerings you shall offer salt. 19All the holy offerings that the Israelites present to the Lord I have given to you, together with your sons and daughters, as a perpetual due; it is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord for you and your descendants as well.

Our second reading comes from the good news according to Mark.

And Jesus said,

49“For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Our third reading comes from the good news according to Matthew.

1Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.

Our last reading comes from the book of Revelation.

9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our hearing and understanding.

True Colors: White as Salt”        

Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “True Colors: White as Salt” Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19; Mark 9:49-50; Matthew 17:1-2; Revelation 7:9-14  Sunday November 8, 2015

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