Pilgrim Uniting Church

12 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA

SUN 17-DEC-2017 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon – Length 21:52




Advent 3 – "Embrace Hope" – There is a harsh side to the story of the birth of Jesus, with a juxtaposition between Herod, the self-proclaimed King with enormous power over life and death, and the vulnerble, defenceless infant Jesus, proclaimed by the wise men as born King of the Jews. The baby's arrival terrified Herod, who did what he could to eliminate what he saw as a threat to his reign; but he was thwarted by wise men and angels. Jesus lived the subversive message that power, as the world knows it, is not the final word; against all apperances, he proclaimed that the people at the centre of God's compassion are the weak, vulnerable, used and discarded – current examples were mentioned. The final report from the Australian "Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse" had just been released, and the sermon concluded with prayers for those who have experienced abuse, for the Royal Commission, and for the Church.
Matthew 2: 16-23