Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 09-MAY-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Steve Thompson
Easter 6 – Rev Steve Thompson was reflecting on his life as the one and only chaplain in the Flinders Private Hospital, a small hospital in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. There's no chapel, just a small "Sacred Space" with room for about three chairs. He describes the hospital as his parish; each ward is like a village; each room is like a home; and as a chaplain he gets to know everybody in his village, just like an old parish priest. He has learned that he is paid as much to be there, as to be doing. He is allowed to be the calm, still place in the middle of the frantic activity of a hospital. Just sitting at a busy nursing station has people gravitating towards him to talk. Perhaps he'll drop in on a patient and ask, "How's things?". He's learned to walk slowly; he says that as he listens, he may hear the depth of your soul. People will talk about past hurts, and he is willing to have and enable difficult conversations. For him, being a chaplain is about sharing our humanity as unique creatures and creations of God, learning how to be fully human. After all, Christ is fully human as well as fully divine.
1 John 5: 1-6; John 15: 9-17

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