Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 10-JAN-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Baptism of Jesus – Epiphany, twelve days after Christmas, is the traditional time for taking down Christmas trees and dismantling nativity scenes; and it is supposed to be a time of light, illumination and revelation, a time to see more clearly. But this year, Epiphany began in quite a different and shocking way. We had good reason to contemplate the actions of an anxious leader with a manic claim to power – meaning, of course, King Herod. He had no hesitation using his absolute authority to maintain power. And this year we have seen how religious language and symbols can be so easily co-opted as a weapon of earthly political power. We are tired – tired of the pandemic; of political lies that deliver partial truths; of movements promoting nationalism; of isolation, exclusion, inequity, fear, and prejudice; of the overwhelming reality of global climate change. We need a prophetic vision. The magi had a hope that sustained them for a long journey. The scriptures tell of a new world beginning with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We need to be deeply alert to the life and work of Jesus as told in the scriptures. For a start: know and seek truth; serve the needy and the poor; and love our neighbours.
Genesis 1: 1-5; Mark 1: 4-11

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