Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 17-JAN-2021 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Epiphany 2 – On this particular Sunday there was a special observance by the Uniting Church in Australia, to recognise the dispossession and marginalisation of Aboriginal people. The colonisation of Australia got off to a very bad start some 233 years ago, and we have a long way to go before we overcome that bad beginning. Can anything come out of the darkness and brokenness we see everywhere today? However inconvenient and embarrassing it might be, the historical impact of the wrongs inflicted on the Aborigines must be seen and acknowledged. As Christians, we believe in the presence of a God who never stops speaking to us; who wants to reveal himself in love, healing, mercy and hope; and whose capacity to resurrect and restore is limitless. In the Old Testament reading, God opened the eyes of the boy Samuel to see and deal with the systemic corruption taking place in the Temple, when his guardian, the elderly priest Eli, couldn't or wouldn't do anything about it. In the New Testament reading, when Philip invited Nathaniel to go and see Jesus, Jesus immediately recognised Nathaniel as a straight and honest man. God knows each of us intimately. Can we ask God for new and refreshed insight into our indigenous brothers and sisters, instead of accepting their situation as an intractible mess? Perhaps we can't solve the big issues, but we could, perhaps, lend a hand to those who are seeking to do so.
1 Samuel 3: 1-10; John 1: 43-51

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