Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 21-FEB-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Lent 1 – “Again and again God meets us“ – Lent is customarily connected with fasting and giving up of all manner of pleasurable activities for forty days, as a self-inflicted punishment or penance to make up for the indulgences of the rest of the year. But Lent is not primarily about giving things up to please God. Lent is a season for taking stock and making space for things that are creative and enriching, for others as well as for ourselves. Jesus emerged from forty days of isolation, temptation and testing in the wilderness, to boldly proclaim the inbreaking of the new reality, that our identity is first and foremost the object of God's desire. Lent is a time for testing our decisions about how we will order our lives – not for power and influence, but in service and suffering for others. We find ourselves tested and tempted by many distractions that try to tell us who we are and what we should be doing to our own advantage; and God approaches us again and again to affirm us as his beloved, equip us, and send us out into the world to do God's will.
Genesis 9: 8-17; Mark 1: 9-15

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