Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
FRI 25-DEC-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Christmas Day – In Luke's account, Caesar Augustus had ordered an empire-wide census in which every inhabitant of the Roman Empire would be counted in his home town; and although Joseph and his fiancée Mary were residents of the village of Nazareth in Galilee, for census purposes their home town was Bethlehem, more than 100 km away, because of its connection with Joseph's direct ancestor King David. For Mary and Joseph, the journey to Bethlehem was going to be very disruptive. Mary was close to giving birth; she was going to be deprived of the village women to help with the birthing process; and there would be nobody she knew to support her – they were facing uncertainty, disappointment and fear. The coming of Christ into the world was not like a romantic picture on a Hallmark Christmas card. Think back to the experiences of year 2020 and the effects on your life of the Covid pandemic. For us, Christmas is normally comfortable and predictable; but this year there have been many disappointments. People have stayed at a distance from each other for safety, there have been empty churches, and we have resorted to worship services, sometimes hastily improvised, that we've streamed over the internet. What new insights might you have, in view of this biblical narrative? But for all that, in the turmoil of 2020 there has been a new connection to community and to each other, a responding to the needs of others with kindness, generosity and compassion – a glimmer of the Light that has come into the world. Joy to the world, God is breaking into our lives afresh.
Luke 2: 1-20

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