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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 by Dr. George Emeleus
Ordinary Sunday 25, Year C
Season of Creation ‘Cosmos Sunday’
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 25, 2016

Psalm 91:1-6,14-16; Luke 16:19-31

Thank-you for your warm welcome, and for the invitation to share some thoughts on the Cosmos, which is the final topic in this series for the Season of Creation.

Last week it was about storms and the story of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. At Northmead Uniting, where Sue and I were, we were invited to think about storms in our own experience – possibly wild weather, but more often stormy times in our relationships. The cosmos is like that too, with a wide range of meaning, taking us from the depths of the space and time to the innermost places of faith and hope. There, too, we each have our stories.

When I was a teenager, growing up in Ireland, I had lots of opportunities and encouragement to find joy in so many things. There was the life of our family, including much music-making, the unfolding world of knowledge and friendships, particularly through school and then university, travelling all over Ireland on a bicycle and walking the hills, enjoying the welcomes and conversations with country people, and much else. My sense of the cosmos – which is all that we know, experience and imagine – was rapidly expanding.

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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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Tuesdays 5:30-6.30pm.

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This month – September 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, September 1 & 15, 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 10 & 24, 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, September 11, 6-7pm in the church.

Food Donations: Sunday, September 11. Donations of non-perishable foods are most  welcome today! Please bring forward during the Offering of the service.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, September 11. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.

Informal Lunch: Sunday, September 18. 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.

A Community of Faith
Our Minister of the South Sydney Uniting Church, the Rev. Andrew Collis, will be away for the next four months in Boston on long-service and study leave.

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Artwork: Eucharist by He Qi (2001).