Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 09-AUG-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Bronte Wilson
Pentecost 10 – While the disciples were battling with strong winds and dangerous conditions out on the lake, Jesus set out from the shore and walked on water, on the choppy surface of the lake, to reach the boat on foot. When Peter asked Jesus to give him, too, the ability to walk on water, Jesus invited him to step out of the boat and join him. But when he did step out, Peter could manage only a few steps on the water before taking fright and starting to sink, whereupon Jesus reached out, caught him, and helped him back into the boat. This sermon looks at the idea of "stepping out of the boat" for the times in which we live. For the last few months, and nobody knows for how much longer, we are living in a strange, unpredictable environment brought on by a global pandemic, and the future is unknown. In response to Jesus' call to action in the world, we need new and innovative ways to connect with community and neighbours, to bring about God's vision of love, justice and reconciliation. There are going to be radical changes in the way the world is organised, and we are going to have to move out of our comfort zones and take risks – and we can be assured that when Jesus encourages us to "get out of the boat" and step into uncomfortable places, he will also be there to reach out his hand and pull us back in when needed.
Note - The same sermon was delivered at the 9.30 AM service.
Matthew 14: 22-33

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