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Sep 20, 2016

Social Justice Sunday

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Sunday 25 September

Somebody remarked to me this week that they had seen the first signs of Spring. And the first sign of Spring these days is apparently Christmas decoration at the Hyperdome! So we get plenty of advance notice of Christmas, don’t we? 

Not so much advance notice for the day that is recognised in many churches throughout Australia on this day. Today is Social Justice Sunday.

It is helpful to get the exact definition of social justice so I brought my copy of the Macquarie Dictionary.  

Luke 16: 1-13

When I first read the text for this morning my reaction was Oh no, not this again. This story in Luke is probably the most controversial of the parables or stories Jesus told because it seems to be so wrong. No matter how you look at it, the main character appears unjust, sleazy – it seems that all he can think of is getting out of a sticky situation without getting caught whilst at the same time, feathering his nest for his future security. I know many of you have wrestled with too.  So… instead of Oh no, not this again let’s be a bit more positive and have another look at it. You may not agree with what I say but then very few find agreement on it. 

At this point, let me say that I am very grateful for the internet resources available in preparing for this children’s talk/sermon and give full credit to Sarah Dylan Breuer for most of what follows.

Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-13

How many of you have taken time to explore your family tree? It has become for many people quite an obsession. I find some of the TV programs such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” fascinating. Iain and my brother-in-law have over the years investigated our families and found many fascinating stories about our ancestors.

There is much to learn from our past and from our ancestors.   The writer of the letter to the Hebrews also thought so. The letter begins “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways.”  He talked about ancestors as models of faith. People who sensed something of the Divine and went searching for that something; probably not really knowing what it was, but remaining faithful to that call despite all the obstacles. 

Quote for today

...But you know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you. John14:17

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