Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 12-DEC-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Advent 3 – "Peace" – John the Baptist, the eccentric prophet from the bush, was putting on such a show with his preaching about repentance, that people were turning up in droves to find out what was going on. He wasn't particularly discrete with some of his audience when he described them as a bag full of snakes. When people asked him what they should do, he told them to share their excess with those who had little; to do that which is right and just; to avoid arrogance and complacency; and, essentially, to go home and live out God's generosity in their ordinary everyday lives, making peace with themselves and with those around them. We had some self-revelation from Greg, who told us about his inappropriate behaviour towards one of his children after a very disappointing day at work. He had to apologise to his little daughter, and he had to be reminded that you don't just say you're sorry, you have to actually show that you're sorry. Peace making doesn't mean passively keeping the peace; it is an act of interrupting injustice and disarming evil, without destroying the evil-doer. It is neither flight nor fight, but a careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice. (Greg delivered much the same sermon at the 11 o'clock service.)
Zephania 3: 14:20; Luke 3: 7-18

Playing Time   –   26:02