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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."

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Waterloo NSW 2017

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Homily by Dr Patricia Morgan
Epiphany 2, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
January 12, 2020

Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Matthew 3:13-17


Today is the second Sunday of the Season of Epiphany; it is also the seventy first day of the catastrophic fires in New South Wales and both frame what I’ll talk about today.  It’s been hard to think about revelation as light, when there are so many images of light as fire, of bleeding red skies, of apocalypse right here in Sydney with the eerie yellow light and neon orange suns.  I imagine like me your lives have been touched by the fires, by the toxic smoke clogging our lungs, by family, friends and acquaintances who have lost everything, by a new kind of refugee, holiday makers packed into small boats trying to escape the fires, the 100,000s of dead animals and trees and the ash of their bodies falling on us since the 12th of November last year.  

Scenes of catastrophe from more than two and half thousand years ago are the impetus for the declarations from Isaiah that we just heard.  The unimaginable has happened to the Israelites, who after escaping Egypt and living for centuries undefeated in Canaan, have been conquered and enslaved by the Babylonians.  In chains and without hope they are then reminded by the prophet Isaiah that God who created the heavens, who spread out the earth, who gave breathe to the people, is sending a liberator.  If we’re in any doubt about the magnitude of God’s power it is reinforced in the reading from Psalm 29, where the voice of God is over the waters, it breaks the cedars, it shakes the wilderness and even causes oaks to twirl.

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This month – January

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

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

Music Jam: Friday, January 17, 3-4:30pm in the Church. A time to learn, share and workshop songs. Bring your instrument and ideas.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, January 18 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, January 19, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month.


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Artwork: SSUC Elders, 2019.