This Sunday, before we watch the Patriots play the Falcons, we’ll gather for worship. We’ll hear the call from Jesus and the prophet Isaiah, to be people of God, salty light. As Eugene Peterson puts it in the Message, “You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth…You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” Could we ask for a better metaphor on a day of extreme salt consumption and amazing pageantry?
But what does it mean to be something that brings out the deliciousness and beauty of the world? I think of an amazing woman I once worked with at the Emergency Basic Needs department of the Salvation Army in Syracuse, NY. When people came to us for food, she didn’t just know where the local soup kitchens and free meals could be found, she knew what they were serving. She would describe each setting, each meal just like you would any restaurant. She turned the experience from one of desperate need to a lovingly delicious serving of grace and dignity.
What does it mean, as we baptize babies and feast at God’s table to lean into the images of salt and light? What does it mean as we live in this time of change and uncertainty? What does it mean as we remember our own vows of baptism?
1. Do you you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?
2. Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?
3. Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, sexual orientation, gender identity, and races?
This Sunday, we’ll welcome a new child into the Family of God, and invite them to journey with us as we imperfectly discover the delicious beauty of God’s world, following in the footsteps of Jesus. I’ll see you on Sunday.