Pilgrim Uniting Church

12 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA

SUN 19-MAR-2017 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce – Length 20:17




Lent 3 – Jesus was travelling through alien and hostile territory when he encountered a socially unacceptable woman gathering water at a well. An encounter between a respected rabbi, male, and a woman from the dregs of society, female, would normally have resulted in a very awkward situation; but when Jesus made the first approach to the outcast, breaking the barriers by politely asking for a drink of water, what ensued was a protracted, civil and respectful conversation. Today there are many polarised attitudes which lead to denigration, vilification and conflict. We need not to convince and conquer; but rather, we need to offer freedom to understand, to allow strangers to enter a common space and become friends.
John 4: 5-42