Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 24-JAN-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Epiphany 3 – Epiphany is a season for listening to God's calling voice, and deciding on how to respond to the voice of God. The gospel story tells of four fishermen, two pairs of brothers, who were called to leave their families and skilled occupations to follow Jesus. Jesus wanted to teach them new skills relating not to fish but to humankind; skills such as grace, generosity, forgiveness, reconciliation, and equality between all people. In the sermon Greg refers to a reproduction of a painting by the Danish artist Michael Peter Ancher (1849-1927), showing four hardy, weather-beaten fishermen standing behind a beached boat, their faces full of wonder as they watch something happening in front of them. Was it meant to represent the four fishermen in the Gospel account, watching Jesus coming along to see them? When Jesus spoke with people about the different way of life, he often used words like, "If you hang on to your life, you'll lose it; but if you let go of your life, you'll save it." The disciples couldn't have found it easy, because the gospel accounts tell of their constant bewilderment at what Jesus was teaching them. Was this the sort of thing they'd signed up for? May we be able to recognise God's calling voice and respond to it, revisiting the sense of God's call in our life and the life of our congregation.
Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; Mark 1: 14-20

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