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Creative Closing For Ordinary 05 - Year A
- George Hartwell -
Written by George Hartwell, 'Creative Closings' provide the preacher and liturgist with a way to lead the congregation to a deeper experience of the message of the selected Revised Common Lectionary text or texts for the day. 'Creative Closings' follow the sermon or homily and most often pick up on the theme of one of the sermons provided on the 'Sermons & Sermon - Lectionary Resources' site (as referenced in the 'the thematic background'. Each Creative Closing can also stand on it's own and might be used as well in a devotional or bible study session.

If this Creative Closing is of use to you please fell free to utilize it, but reproduction electronically or in print requires the author's authorization. George Hartwell would also like to hear your response to this resource. You may write him at GHartwell@HealMyLife.com

THEMATIC BACKGROUND from: Bowls and Stands, Thermometers and Thermostats
   "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its
   taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer
   good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under
   foot.  You are the light of the world. A city built on a
   hill cannot be hid.  No one after lighting a lamp puts it
   under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives
   light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light
   shine before others, so that they may see your good works
   and give glory to your Father in heaven."

Think about it for a minute - Jesus tells us - "You are the salt of
the earth..."  And again, "You are the light of the world".

What an incredible thing that is!  What an incredible gift!
Somehow - because of who God has made us,
Somehow - because of our decision to follow Jesus
we are made into salt - into light - for the world.

That is the beautiful realty of what God does to us.
in fact it is the most important thing that God does through us,
when we live by our faith.


CREATIVE CLOSING
Take a moment to consider what God has done in us.
We are the salt of the earth; we are the light of the world – because
of God’s work in us. That is hard to get our head around. Has God made
us into a light for others to see by? Has He made it that our lives
life light up other’s lives? In this minute of silence confront God
with this. 

Ask God: “Am I Your light?” Don’t doubt, criticize or condemn yourself. 
Just ask God and listen: “God am I a light? Please show me.” 
Ask, then be quiet. Be still. Listen for God’s word for you today.

 (silence for a minute)
 
If you sense God lighting you up inside. If you are hearing that you
are a light, then thank God, and remember, that this is His work and 
it is marvellous in our eyes.


copyright - George Hartwell, 2002, 2005
            Rev. Richard J. Fairchild - Spirit Networks, 2002 - 2006
            please acknowledge the appropriate author if citing these resources.


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