Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 01-DEC-2019 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Advent 1 – What Can't Wait – Advent is a time for being awake, watching and waiting. The Gospel passage from Matthew contains concerning images of people being snatched away, and Jesus returning suddenly when least expected. Many Christians see the promised return of Jesus as an excuse for sitting back and doing nothing towards cleaning up this messy world of ours – God has it all under control, the argument goes, and with Jesus coming back to set everything right, why bother? It is a belief that has caused serious damage towards ideas of God and his intentions towards us. Advent has been set aside as a season for finding ways of not feeling overwhelmed and devoid of hope. There is no limit to the ways that God will be present with us, in his wild, unpredictable pursuit of a relationship with us. And what can't wait? The answer is: Hope.
Isaiah 2: 1-5; Matthew 24: 36-44

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