Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 03-JAN-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Epiphany – Traditionally observed twelve days after Christmas, the feast of the Epiphany celebrates the coming of light into the ordinariness of human events. The certain wise men in the story, traditionally three of them, who were following their dreams of finding a new-born king, would have been unclean pagans in Jewish eyes; but in spite of that, it was God who led them on their long, slow journey from the east. What they found was a baby boy, born in curious circumstances and put to bed in a feed box. God's love traverses cultural and geographical barriers to become good news for all people. When Jesus was born into the world, Palestine was occupied by a brutal foreign power, and the majority of the population were poor and hungry. Last year, in 2020, we celebrated Epiphany with large areas of Australia in flames; since March 2020 the world has been struggling with a highly contagious pandemic; and we are experiencing unprecedented weather events. The list goes on. Where is God's light in the darkness? Our mission is to hold up the Christ-child in the eyes of the world, in a ceaseless celebration of the feast of the Epiphany. There is a lot of darkness in the world, examples being superstition, fear, pride in half-truths, entrenched evil in the systems that seek to rule the world, and apathy. Greg concludes his sermon with a reading of "Blessing of the Magi" by the artist and author Jan Richardson. May God give us courage, a sense of anticipation, and a sense of joy, that we're travelling together as we walk into this season of Epiphany.
Isaiah 60: 1-6; Matthew 2: 1-12

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