“The City built on ‘the Hill’ cannot be hid”
OT: Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm: Psalm 112:1-10
NT: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20
“A city built on a hill cannot be hid.”
You may or may not know that our church has a nickname: it’s called “the Hill.” Our homeless brothers and sisters have given us this name, no doubt because St. Joe’s sits on something of a hill in the neighborhood and because our location on Main Street, between 9th and East Campus, is certainly a prominent one in our town.
But “the Hill” has gained notoriety on the streets for being a place of hospitality, friendship, and the breaking of bread. We have gained a distinct reputation as a peculiar little city on a hill, a city with a fresh kind of politics that gathers young and old, rich and poor, male and female, white and black. The unusual bonds of Christian friendship we sow here shine as a light to the world around us, signaling that this is a place where you are welcome, where you can find community, and where the possibility for discovering new life with others is unique. Even if you have a background full of hardship and turmoil, the little church on “the Hill” can be a place of healing and renewal, a place where you can find yourself in the communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And, if there is any doubt these days that God’s Church has lost its saltiness — its taste –well come join us for breakfast some morning after 7:30 prayer. I guarantee, for better or worse, our renowned cheese grits will have plenty of salt. Continue reading