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Tag: Luke 7:11-17

Sermon ~ Trust not power, but compassion

Luke 7, 11-17
Geranium Uniting Church SA
5 June 2016

Out of the blue I received a call from the worship service coordinator for the tiny Mallee town Uniting Church.  Would I be able to preach rather sooner than later, as I she found my name on a list of UCA relief preachers willing to preach in remote communities.  For me, this was a most fascinating occasion:  For the first time I had the opportunity to meet Australian Christians outside of a major city like Adelaide.  And I was invited to spend the night with a local farming family, thus learning more about their way of life.

A typical characteristics of the place was the railway crossing:  It warns you of oncoming trains, and if don’t stop you may be fined by the police.  Only:  As in so many other places around Australia, no train will ever come again — the rail link was closed down sometime last year.  People are talking about a bike track!  It sounds funny — but seems to be a rather sad occurrence of the loss of social and economic infrastructure in remote Australia and by that the looming  breakdown of the communities.

This was the context for the sermon — and I was very grateful for the opportunity. [Read more »]