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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
Ordinary Sunday 31, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
November 5, 2017

1 Thessalonians 2:9-20; Matthew 23:1-12

‘Leadership qualities’

Our icon shows Jesus washing the feet of disciples (a scene from John’s Gospel). It’s about being kind (even amid difficulty and under stress). It’s about mutual service. It’s about equality – “encouraging, comforting and urging … lives worthy of God” (as the Apostle Paul says). It’s about bare feet and holy ground, hard traveling and what we call “walking the walk”. And it’s about overturning expectations of honour and status. God be with you ...

Our Gospel from Matthew is also concerned with servant leadership; more precisely, with authoritative teaching. As a portrait of abusive authority, it says less about late first-century Pharisees (many of whom, no doubt, were decent and compassionate teachers grappling with the meaning of faith for post-Temple Judaism), than about pompous moralists of all times and places – leaders prone to hypocrisy, sometimes vanity and superiority.

Growing up in a particular religious culture, I was taught about God’s “grace” (an angry God accepting the death of Jesus as payment for the debt of human sin), but not so much about graciousness, not so much about being grateful, being graceful, living graciously.

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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 – November

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, November 4, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, November 5 & 19, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, November 5 & 29, 12-1pm at the Church.

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

Art Class: Saturday, November 11 & 25, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

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

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, November 19, 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.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, November 18 for Elders.

Church Council: Tuesday, November 21, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Worship Planning: Sunday, November 26, 12-1pm at the Church.


Next month – December

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, December 4, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, December 5 & 19, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, December 5, 12-1pm at the Church.

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

Art Class: Saturday, December 11, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

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

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, December 19, 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.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, December 18 for Elders.

Church Council: Tuesday, December 21, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.



Orthodox Icon: Jesus Washing the Feet of Disciples (http://www.patheos.com).

Orchard Gallery Exhibition Opening: Saturday November 25,
5-6:30pm. Celebrating Community: Prints & Collages

Exhibition: Celebrating Community