2nd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11:1-10 & Matthew 3:1-12
Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC
Rev. Tina Walker-Morin
December 4, 2016
This morning's message was one about Peace, as told through two stories. The manuscript for the sermon was not written out but below is a "Cliff Notes" version.
The first story was the one of John the Baptist as told in the Gospel of Luke 1. John the Baptist was a man of Peace who baptized people in the Jordan River and prepared the way for Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Peace of a River...Rivers are a life giving source. Water runs through rivers, over and under, around and behind rocks wearing the rough edges down making them all smooth. Peace is like a River because it does not come in a sudden violant action like a volcano, rather it takes time and little by little rough rocks and hearts are worn down and made smooth.
The Sioux Tribe knows about Peace. As we gather this morning the people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation stood in peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline as they were mazed, shot at with water carnnons and had their sacred ground defiled. As I update this sermon blog post, it is with thanksgiving that our prayers have been answered and the Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
This week as we move through the Advent Week of Peace, I invite you to open the rough edges of your heart to Jesus and allow Peace to smooth those edges and surround your soul. Once you have peace, then you are able to prepare the way for the Prince of Peace and stand with others for Peace.
May you have Peace this day and always.