Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 06-JUN-2021 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 2 – When the Israelites escaped from Egypt, a covenant was established between them and God with a promise that they would thrive as a nation for as long as they dealt with each other according to God's standards of justice and compassion. But they came to grief when they couldn't keep it up. In due course the prophet Samuel was approached by a delegation of elders from the failing confedration of twelve tribes; and they asked him to let them be like other nations and have a king to rule over them. Samuel didn't like the idea at all; but when he asked God for advice, God told him to let them have their king, and to warn them of the likely consequences. The Israelites got their king, and from then on the standard of governance deteriorated from reign to reign until the kingdom collapsed utterly in defeat and exile. Modern monarchs and Heads of State may be largely ceremonial, but there are still those that take, take, and take to enrich themselves and their supporters to the impoverishment of the nation. In the Uniting Church, we pledge ourselves to hope and work for a nation whose goals are not guided by self-interest alone, but by concern for the welfare of all persons everywhere – the family of the One God – the God made known in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One who gave His life for others. In the spirit of His self-giving love we seek to go forward.
1 Samuel 8: 4-11

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