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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

Homily
Christmas 1, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
December 31, 2017

Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40


‘Sign of the fish’

Our Christmas psalm (98) refers to sea and river creatures singing praise. “Let the sea and all within it thunder;/ the world and all its peoples./ Let the rivers clap their hands…” The fish are likened to the peoples of the earth – diverse, active, noisy, beloved … God be with you

We need to add to our wall display. Let’s see what we can do …

Of songs such as Psalm 98 John Bell says: “Humanity opposes the divine will if, through pollution, irradiation, deforestation or some other human negligence or design [a coal mine that threatens a coral reef], the earth is prevented from offering its song.”

Recently, I learned how toxic glitter can be for fish. Plastic bags are terrible too. Do you know why? …

So, fish on the walls are a sign of God’s love and a reminder of human responsibility to care and to share. Let’s keep fishing for signs …

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The church, hall and garden are accessible by way of paths and ramps. The toilets, sinks and shower, located in the hall, are wheelchair accessible. Please ask if further assistance is required.

The Orchard Gallery (artist run space) invites applications for exhibitions

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This month – January

Children's Activities: Sunday, January 7 & 21, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, January 7, 12-1pm at the Church.

Art Class: Saturday, January 13 & 27, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, January 14, 12-1pm in the Church.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, January 21, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.


Next month – February

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, February 3, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, February 4 & 18, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, February 4 & 25, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, February 8, 7-9pm in the Church Hall. Topic: "Friends and Enemies". A light supper will be served, all welcome! Read More

Art Class: Saturday, February 10 & 24, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, February 11, 12-1pm in the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, February 17 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, February 18, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.

Church Council: Tuesday, February 20, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Worship Planning: Sunday, February 25, 12pm at the Church.


Orchard Gallery Exhibition: Celebrating Community: Prints & Collages

Exhibition: Celebrating Community