In this sermon series we’ve looked at the Patriarchs, the men and women who were first called by God to be his chosen people. They were people like us, faithful but at times foolish. Throughout we’ve seen how God continued to fulfil his promises and how he calls us to keep trusting in his provision.
Genesis 18 – Abraham Called to Follow
Genesis 22 – Abraham Laying it all on the Line
Genesis 24 – Isaac – Farmer Wants a Wife (with Bishop Andrew Curnow)
Genesis 37 – Joseph – Family Relations
Genesis 39 – Joseph – Faithful Relations
Genesis 45 – Joseph – Forgiving Relations (with Rev. Chris Appleby)
(NB – Unfortunately there is no audio of this sermon)
There’s an old story of a young man who grew up on the wrong side of town. He was bright and full of good intentions, but down on his luck. Until one day, through a series of events he came into possession of a magic lamp that could grant his wishes. If you believe the Disney version, he was only allowed three wishes. And he couldn’t wish for more wishes, couldn’t wish for someone to die, and couldn’t wish for someone to fall in love with him. I wonder if you had Aladdin’s lamp, what would you wish for?
When we look at the world today there seems to be very little to hope for. The real tragedy of the events of last week in Paris are that they aren’t the only tragedy. In the past week there’s been attacks in Beirut, in Mali, as well as in Paris. Only a fraction of these make our news headlines, perhaps because if we were too confronted with the real state of the world we’d give up hope. There seems no hope for peace in our world in our lifetimes, or in the lifetime of our children or their children.
The hopelessness of the global state of affairs is mirrored by the hopelessness of our local community. This week I was able to meet with Peter Walsh, our local state member. During our meeting I asked him, given all the conversations he has with people, what he thought the most pressing needs in our community are. Without needing to think about it, he gave three answers. We’ve heard them all before, they were drug abuse, including ice and alcohol, domestic violence and homelessness. The only surprise is that given successive policies and programs over the years, despite all the efforts of governments and churches and individuals, these problems still remain. We might ask, what hope is there for our world if these obvious problems persist? Continue reading “Psalm 46 – A Psalm of Hope”→