Pilgrim Uniting Church

12 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA

SUN 10-DEC-2017 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce – Length 15:40

Advent 2 – "Tend Hope" – Matthew's gospel does not give a sentimental view of the Christmas season, and it does not quarantine us from the harsh and ugly realities of the time. Herod the Great ruled as a murderous tyrant, and it was in character for him to protect himself from a future rival by arranging for the slaughter of babies and toddlers. Joseph was told in a dream to flee to Egypt with the mother and baby, and to stay there until Herod's death. On their return they settled in Nazareth of Galilee; and as a young man Jesus was eventually captured and crucified after preaching against political and religious intrigue, violence, deception and injustice. But he rose again – and we can hold to the belief that the reign of God, of justice and peace, will prevail.
Matthew 2: 1-15