Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 30-AUG-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 13 – Moses was about 80 years old and still tending sheep when he had his encounter with God in the burning bush, with God asking Moses to go back to Egypt, from where he had fled 50 years previously, to confront the cruel, despotic Pharaoh with a demand that the Israelite people be set free from oppression and slavery. This year, on August 28, the world remembered the anniversary of the 'March on Washington' of 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial. It was then one hundred years since Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, yet descendants of former Negro slaves were still languishing in a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. It's not much better today. In the Philippines there are systemic killings, outside the law but condoned by Government, of human rights defenders and activists. Many more examples of systemic injustice could be cited from around the world. Over and over again, the biblical God of Moses is revealed to be on the side of the oppressed, not of the powerful. May we all - young and not so young - find our part to play in God's reign of justice and liberation.
Exodus 3: 1-15; Matthew 16: 21-28

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