PRESCRIPT: At the Uniting Church congregation where I am in placement, we have a Vietnamese Faith Community which meets on a Sunday afternoon. This community conducts services in Vietnamese and outreaches to the local Vietnamese community. The following sermon was preached in the context of commissioning a new Leader for this Faith Community, and so to some extent was shaped toward that context. Additionally, the original text has been altered slightly to prevent identification of actual persons.
You may remember that, some weeks ago, I told you that the official motto of Indonesia is Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, an Old Javanese saying that translates into English as Unity in Diversity. And Indonesia is indeed a truly diverse nation, cast over thousands of islands and land-masses, home to over 255 million people speaking nearly 700 different languages and dialects, who also practice half a dozen major religions, in addition to countless other local and tribal practices and beliefs. Continue reading “1 Kings 17: 8-16; Ruth 4: 9-17”