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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

This month – September 2014

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: Wednesdays, September 3 & 17, 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, September 13 and 27, 12-4pm. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, September 14 and 28. During worship, activities for children.

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

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

Informal Lunch: Sunday, September 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.


God, our Creator, whose glory fills our planet,

help us to discern your vibrant presence among us,

especially in the wonders of the land.

Help us empathise with your land creatures who are suffering.

Lift our spirits to rejoice with the land,

the flowers of the field and the creatures of the countryside.

We ask this in the name of Christ,

who reconciles and renews all things in creation.

Amen.




Homily
Land Sunday,  Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 14, 2014

Genesis 3:14-19;4:8-16; Psalm 96; Matthew 12:38-40

‘Landmarks’

Our Genesis reading presents a (if not the) human drama of disobedience and violence. Primordial and perennial. Of note today is the presence of the land as a witness to human sin and a figure caught up in the consequences of sin. The ground bears the curse of sin (just as Jesus will bear the sins of others), and from the ground the blood of the innocent cries to God (again, there is a pre-figuration of the blood of the crucified). The blood of the Land prefigures the blood of the Lamb. God be with you ...

Disobedience (which also has to do with a greedy immaturity, a grasping at knowledge that falls short of wisdom) and violence (violence between humans as well as violence at the hands of human “masters”) entail suffering for the land and its nonhuman inhabitants.

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Artwork: “Image #5, 3 Ponds Series C” by Michelle Collocott, 2008.