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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 28, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 15, 2017

Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

‘Hold onto your hats’

One of Jacob’s favourite books tells a story about two turtles who find one hat (Jon Klassen, We Found a Hat, 2016). It’s a wonderful book because the words and the pictures work together to create a sense of wonder. The story leaves room for young readers to imagine what’s happening – what’s really going on. Will one of the turtles, at the expense of the other, claim the hat? Is the hat a symbol of their rivalry or friendship? Are the turtles awake or are they dreaming? You might like to ask Jacob a few questions about the book … God be with you

The parables of Jesus are story-pictures too. They can be entertaining, surprising, shocking. They leave room for us to imagine and to question.

The parable Jesus tells today is about a wedding reception, a wedding party. Food, music, fun. The Jewish people had often imagined themselves married to God – or engaged to be married to God. Does that sound strange? Can you think of some reasons they might imagine that? …

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This month – October

Children's Activities: Sunday, October 1 & 15, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

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

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, October 7, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, October 8, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, October 12, 7-9pm in the Church Hall. Topic: "Friends and Enemies". A light supper will be served, all welcome! Read More

Art Class: Saturday, October 14 & 28, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, October 15, 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, October 17, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, October 21 for Elders.

Worship Planning: Sunday, October 22, 12-1pm at the Church.


Next 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.



Illustration by Jon Klassen, 2016.