Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 15-NOV-2020 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 24 – In his first letter to the Christians in Thessaloniki, Paul used some military imagery as a protection for a spiritual battle, telling the church to "put on the armour of faith and love", and to "wear the helmet with the confidence of salvation". It is a spiritual kind of armour that prepares and protects for a different kind of battle – to help people live as followers of Jesus, to resist pressure exerted to make you conform to the wants of the powerful, and to stand against abuse. November 11th has recently passed; it is the date observed as Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in much of the US), and it is also the feast day for St Martin of Tours, patron saint of soldiers, beggars and weavers. St Martin left his post in the Roman army some time before 361 AD to become a "soldier of Christ" as a monk and later a bishop. One notable incident saw him approaching the gates of Amiens on horseback, in bitterly cold weather, when he saw a shivering, half naked man begging for help; whereupon Martin drew his sword and cut his military cloak in two. The poor man was covered with half the cloak. There is a lot to be said about his remarkable life. He wore the armour of faith and love, and the helmet of salvation. His life was lived with humility and caring compassion, and with strength and detemination. As we anticipate the Advent season, may the life of St Martin offer some signposts along the way.
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-13

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