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South Sydney Uniting Church is ecumenical (e.g. supporting the National and World Council of Churches) and inclusive,
affirming the gifts of people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities. We seek peace with justice,
and the integrity of creation.
We celebrate a service of Word and Sacrament (Eucharist) each Sunday at 10am.

"We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation."

56a Raglan Street
Waterloo NSW 2017

Phone/Fax: 02 9319 1373

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Rev. Andrew Collis
Mobile: 0438 719 470

This month – October 2014

Prayer Meeting: Heather and Miriam meet at 7.30am in the church most Saturday mornings for prayer. Please let them know if you’d like to join them or have a prayer offered on your behalf.

Wordplay: Wednesdays, October 1 & 15, 6-8pm. Creative Writing Group. Club Redfern (2/159 Redfern Street). Phone Adrian on 9690 1427 for more details. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Art Class: Saturdays, October 11 and 25, 12-4pm. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, October 12 and 26. During worship, activities for children.

Food Donations: Sunday, October 12. Donations of non-perishable foods are most  welcome today! Please bring forward during the Offering of the service.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, October 12. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.

Informal Lunch: Sunday, October 19. Meet after church for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a “lunch box” for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated. Contact Naomi for details.


Homily
Ordinary Sunday 28, Year A
Ride to Worship Week
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 12, 2014

Exodus 32:1-14; Matthew 22:1-14

‘Weeping and gnashing of teeth’

“Then Jesus spoke to them again in parables.” Indeed. This particular parable a first-century retelling of a parable by Jesus is a multilayered allegory, and more than a little provocative. It contains the graphic refrain “weeping and gnashing of teeth” one of seven references to such in the New Testament (six of which occur in Matthew’s Gospel). While on one level this signifies anger and pain, it is a comic exaggeration and provokes us to rethink, to reimagine what we believe about salvation, judgement, the kindom of heaven, and so on. Do we believe in a deity who banishes and punishes? Do we not have sympathy (at least a little) for the silent guest who is bound hand and foot? There’s something funny going on … God be with you …

In fact, the entire parable is about misunderstanding salvation it’s also about missing out on salvation. It works, that is, on a number of levels.

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Artwork: Icon of St Calire of Assisi by Mercedes Ptak (c) 2012