Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 13-SEP-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 15 – Season of Creation, Week 2: Wind and Air – The prophet Elijah had to flee for his life because of his forthright criticism of the way the people of Israel were worshipping a Canaanite weather god called Baal, and disregarding the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God told Elijah to make his way to Horeb, a mountain in the middle of a wilderness, and wait for him there; and when he arrived at the mountain, Elijah was tired, depressed, despondent, overwhelmed, alone, uncertain, and discouraged. It's a list that well might describe how many of us are feeling today, in a world of pandemic, scarcity, fear, greed, violence, economic meltdown, climate crisis, and democratic institutions in jeopardy. During his prophetic ministry, Elijah and his audience had experienced some dramatic manifestations of the power and presence of God; but this time, up on the mountain, God did not make himself known in hurricane, earthquake or lightning. When it was all over and there was peace and silence, God made himself known to Elijah as a small voice. God is in the quiet, gentle influences that are ever around us; yet, during this COVID-19 time of trial, the gift of time and silence has for many people been overwhelmed by fear, anxiety and loneliness. It could be the grace of the moment many have felt in the depth of despair when, suddenly, anguish ceases and a perfect stillness means the crisis is over.
1 Kings 19: 9-13

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