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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
Advent 2, Year C
Closure of Ministry for Pastor Lorelle Chapman
South Sydney Uniting Church
December 9, 2018

Psalm 121; Luke 3:1-6


‘M is for wilderness mindset …’

Today we light a candle for peace. Perhaps this peace is a resolve, a self-awareness and attention to practice, that our lives might truly herald joy and love. God be with you

“We are all John the Baptists in our own way,” writes one contemplative. “Called to leave the comfort and security of our present lives and to go and immerse ourselves in the knowing of God. To participate [personally, politically …] in the renewal of life, where hope comes alive, goodness abounds and where glory to God is given” (David L. Walker).

We might reflect on the knowing of God or the renewal of life. And we might reflect on participation.

The glory revealed in peace – extending to all humankind, throughout the earth – can only be achieved through our participation: through our preparing the way, through our helping to make ready the way of our God who makes the twisted paths straight and the rough roads smooth.

We are all – chaplains, musicians, readers, candle-lighters, guests and hosts – partakers of grace, we are all part of the story. The glory of God may be manifested in us. Salvation is something we are called to practise – and something we are called to perform, in concert with and for the sake of others.

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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 – December

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, December 1, 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 2 & 16, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, December 2, 12-1pm at the Church.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, December 9, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, December 13, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, December 8 & 22, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Church Council: Tuesday, December18, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, December 15 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, December 16, 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.

Worship Planning: Sunday, December 23, 12pm at the Church.