Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 27-DEC-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Christmas 1 – There is a dissonance between the Christmas rhetoric of joy and peace, and the reality of broken promises, broken relationships and the pressure to compete for attention, quite forgetting the magnificence of the Christmas proclamation. The birth of Jesus didn't just happen once upon a time in a faraway place; it is an invitation to all people, valid at all times and in all places, for each and any of us to be adopted into God's family as a child and heir of God, and to participate in the family life of God. God is not a harsh and stern judge, he is a compassionate parent. In our world of sound bites and spin doctors it can be very difficult to discern what is real and what is true, and the idea of God interacting with mankind can seem like a delusional phantasy. In the scripture passage, Luke recalls how Simeon held the baby Jesus and praised him as the light of the gentiles, destined to reveal good news to the whole world. The world was to experience community, collaboration and compassion, as opposed to consumption, competition and individualism. By God's grace and God's unrelenting compassion, may the new year 2021 bring us both the courage and the humility that we need to accept, each day, the privilege and reponsibility of being members of God's family.
Luke 2: 22-40

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