Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 18-JUL-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsden
Pentecost 8 ‐ The sermon is about tearing down the walls that we use to keep each other at a distance – walls erected, guarded and maintained to express our fears, divisions and mistrust, and to retain privilege and enforce deprivation. A few notable walls were mentioned, including the Berlin Wall, demolished on the 9th of November 1989 by ordinary people chipping away with small hammers; the wall between North and South Korea; the Great Wall of China; and Hadrian's Wall in northern England. On a personal level, when two parties find that they cannot communicate effectively, it is said that a wall has been built between them. The writer to the Ephesians tells us that God is in the business of demolishing and pulling down the walls between people, making redundant the differences between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female. Former strangers are to be welcomed into the household of God, and we must accept them in their diversity, not expecting them to change and become like 'us'. Which demands a certain humility. At the moment, many parts of the world are fractured and broken. What are the walls that separate and fracture our communities, lives and families, and how might we be able to chip away at those walls and bring them down?
 (Greg also presented this sermon at our 11 AM service.)
Ephesians 2: 11-22 (From 'The Message')

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