Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 22-AUG-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon and Libby Hogarth
Pentecost 13 – John's gospel lacks any account of the Last Supper, but it is full of references to Communion or the Lord's Supper, some of it in unpalatable language that talks about drinking blood and eating flesh. It's about an ingestion of the life of God into oneself, and of one's own life into the life of God. When Jesus spoke of such matters, there were listeners who couldn't face it; but when he asked his twelve disciples what they thought of it, Peter spoke for them by saying, "Where else could we go, when we're in the company of the one who speaks eternal life?"
— And where does all of this fit, when we think of the situation of the suffering people of Afghanistan and beyond? Libby Hogarth is a migration agent who has been working for years on behalf of clients struggling with the Australian refugee and asylum seeker policies; and she has found that although Australia has an overtly Christian Prime Minister, this country has demonstrated the worst response of any government in the world to the current refugee situation. The PM needs to be asked, "What would Jesus do?". Let us welcome the stranger before us.
1 Kings 8: 1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43;
John 6: 56-69 [paraphrase © Nathan Nettleton]

Playing Time   –   25:20