Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 28-NOV-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Advent 1 – "Hope" – The passage from Luke's gospel gives an apocalyptic picture of uncertainty, violence and fear, and we today are experiencing much the same. We cannot ignore wars and political tumult, climate change, a global pandemic, unemployment, hate crimes, racist ideologies, displacement terror, and everything else that traps us in fear. Research in social psychology identifies fear as a primary automatic emotion triggered by threat, and it is processed both consciously and unconsciously; whereas hope is a secondary emotion that involves deliberate thinking, visualising a future and searching for new ideas. Fear and hope both become a collective emotional orientation. As a community that gathers in the name of God, we are engaged in a collective enterprise of holding hope as a grounded, thoughtful, creative, intentional activity together. God's reign is already with us. Advent is a liturgical season that reminds us that hope can replace the darkness that threatens to overwhelm, so we are able to greet each new day and each other with a hope that's determined and intentional. God within, God among us, God beyond us.
Luke 21: 25-36

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