Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 20-JUN-2021 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 4 – Mark's gospel was written some time between about 66CE, with a rebellion against the Roman occupiers brewing up, and 70CE, when the Romans finally overran, ransacked and destroyed Jerusalem and its temple, with great loss of life. Christians were terrified for their lives, because the world as they had known it had come to an end. Mark's picture of a small boat caught in an apocalyptic storm was a symbol of the political chaos of the time; and Christians could take courage in spite of the chaos, because they knew that Jesus was with them in the boat. When the symbol of the cross had to be disguised for safety, the boat's mast served as a cross. The symbol of the boat is built into many older churches, where the roofing timbers have been left uncovered to be the hull of an upturned wooden boat, and the ridge beam of the church's roof is the boat's keel. The depiction of a boat is included in the logo of the World Council of Churches. See if you can spend a few moments of quiet reflection as you find your place in the boat – name the chaos around you, and find hope in Jesus who is there with you.
Mark 4: 35-41

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