Chandra created this responsive reading for a conference worship service, and I wanted to share it with our readers at The Well. It's a beautiful reminder of our call to live as salt and light on campus and in the world. As you begin a new academic term, read and reflect on it alone or gather a group to read it in community. — Anna Moseley Gissing, editor
Based on Matthew 5, Revelation 7, and a resource from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC.
Leader: It was a dull, tasteless thing — People: this life, before salt.
Leader: It was a dark, meaningless thing — People: this life, before light.
Leader: Then he came — we thought — to do many things; People: to our surprise, he called us, saying: “You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.”
Leader: So he has called us: To be salt in this earth; People: to season and preserve all life with love.
Leader: So he has called us: To be light in this world; People: to dispel the darkness of hate and injustice.
Leader: So he has called us, from every nation, culture, and language — People: all purified by Jesus to be salt of every kind.
Leader: Some of us are sea salt, some rock salt, some finely ground — People: all purified by Jesus, and all beloved as we are.
Leader: So he has called us, from every nation, culture, and language — People: all gifted by the Holy Spirit, to be light of every kind.
Leader: Some of us are daylight, some candlelight, some flickering fire — People: all gifted by the Holy Spirit, and all beloved as we are.
Leader: He is come — through us — to do many things; People: To our joy, he has called us, saying: “Let your light shine before others.”
Leader: It is a bright, joyful sunrise — People: his kingdom, coming with light.
Leader: It is a rich, welcoming banquet — People: his feast, seasoned with salt.
Leader: So he has called us, from every nation, culture, and language — People: all beloved of the Father, and in him we are alive.
Leader: So he has called us, from every nation, culture, and language; People: May the peoples see our good works, and give glory to God.
Chandra would like to thank Anthony & Felicia Forrest and Kennan Crane for their inspiration and help with this piece.
Chandra Crane works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries, is pursuing her MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary, and is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in a multi-ethnic family in the Southwest and now transplanted to the Deep South, Chandra is passionate about diversity and family. She is married to Kennan, a civil engineer, and they have two young daughters. Chandra enjoys reading, napping, and defying stereotypes.
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