Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 17-OCT-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski
Pentecost 21 – At the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), taking place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021, who will be sitting at the table, and whose voices are going to be ignored? We keep hearing reports of governments and parliaments in flux, power and accountability in disconnect, and abuse of power becoming normalised. In his account of the journey to Jerusalem, Mark recalls three occasions when Jesus' disciples showed that they did not understand that their leader had come not to assert power and authority, but to be a servant to all, even if that meant being mocked, lashed and executed. Is the Jesus movement a path to glory, or is it something else? Perhaps it's not so much about personal salvation in the next world, but about service for the common good, the self-emptying that Jesus embodied and talked about. Today there are world-wide calls to governments for a commitment to our common future – it is the sort of good news we all need right now. Christian faith and political activism are two sides of the same coin. God grant that we have the courage and the clarity to live out our call for Jesus' sake, and for the sake of the whole of creation.
Mark 10: 35-45

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