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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 – September 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, September 3 & 17, 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, September 13 and 27, 12-4pm. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, September 14 and 28. During worship, activities for children.

Food Donations: Sunday, September 14. Donations of non-perishable foods are most  welcome today! Please bring forward during the Offering of the service.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, September 14. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.

Informal Lunch: Sunday, September 21. 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.


God, we are your people.

Transform us and make us anew.

Spin us into strong threads

of love and caring.

Weave us into a community

of wisdom and compassion,

kindness and rejoicing.

Sew us into garments

of strength and dignity.

We are your people,

the work of your hands.

May we praise you forever. Amen.



Homily
Ordinary Sunday 22,  Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 31, 2014

Exodus 3:1-15; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

‘You will find it’

Jesus rebukes Peter for being “risk averse” or “timid” or “overly protective” or “unrealistic” or “in denial” or “conservative” or “compromising”... There are a number of ways we might interpret the text, regarding Peter as an individual and/or ecclesiastical figure of faith. There’s something in Peter that is a little frightened and a little immature. He is being challenged to grow into his inspired confession of Jesus as the Christ. We, too, are being challenged to grow; to critique our own idolatry, our own Christolatry, in the name of something altogether more liberating something countercultural, provocative, subversive, humanising. “If you would lose your life for my sake,” says Jesus, “you will find it.” God be with you ...

“If you would lose your life for my sake, you will find it.” The Good News is a promise of life. It’s also a promise of new identity and purpose. But this Good News entails confrontation with powers of oppression and convention the establishment the rule or reign of the powerful over the powerless, the wealthy elite over the poorer majority. This Good News entails confrontation with violence the violence of empire or state the violence of ideology (culture, class, gender, capital). The life arises “on the third day”, that is, in the aftermath of resistance to the establishment.

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