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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 21, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 21, 2016

Psalm 117; Luke 13:22-30

‘Try’

Our image is an icon of Christ (Pantocrator) with a Book of the Gospels and an enigmatic expression – the two sides of his face are a means of conveying his human and divine natures. Enigmatic indeed. Would we want a Teacher to be anything less? And today’s Gospel is a little mysterious. Perhaps (hard on the heels of an episode in the synagogue which saw him criticised for an act of healing on the Sabbath – the healing empowered a woman long debilitated to stand up for herself) Jesus is taking an opportunity to make clear a tenet of radical religion – inclusivity means difficulty, risk, challenge. “Try to come in through the narrow door,” Jesus says. God be with you

It is easier to enter through a wide door. I can even hide in the crowd as it makes its way in through the wide door. The wide door has to do with conventional ambitions, complacent attitudes, passive beliefs and prejudices, lazy assumptions, broad generalisations, and so on. In that regard I hear the question put to Jesus: “Will only a few people be saved?”

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All Welcome
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 – August 2016

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: Thursdays, August 4 & 18, 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, August 14 & 28, 12-4pm in church hall. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, Fortnightly. During worship, activities for children. Contact Blair for more details on 0425 297 765.

Evening Prayer: Sunday, August 14, 6-7pm in the church.

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

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

Informal Lunch: Sunday, August 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.

Our minister Andrew Collis will be on leave August 26 – December 24, 2016. You are invited to a worship service and lunch to farewell Andrew on Sunday August 21. Worship service 10am followed by lunch at 12pm.

Pastoral Letter
July 18, 2016


“… there is a religion that is propaganda, a religion that is sentimental and self-serving, and there is a religion that calls us to move beyond our comfort zone to the space of otherness” (M.P. Hederman).


Dear friends,

On August 26 I will commence long leave (including a month of study leave), returning on December 24. I will miss you all and keep you in my prayers – and look forward to sharing a warm Christmas and January with you.

Some time back I began a conversation with Professor Richard Kearney at Boston College (one of my favourite philosophers and religious writers). He has invited me to spend my long leave as a guest of the philosophy department at the college, which includes a School of Theology and Ministry as well as music studios and practice rooms!

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Orchard Gallery Exhibition: The Small Picture

Photo by Megan Churches

Thanksgiving for Creation: Sunday October 2, 10am. A special service of worship includes Blessing of Animals.