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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

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Homily by Dr Patricia Morgan
Epiphany 2, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
January 17, 2021


‘Remember we are intricately woven in the depths of the earth’

In the Season of Epiphany there is a focus, in part, on the birth of Christ, for while we have just celebrated his birth at Christmas, Epiphany, which follows reminds us or emphasizes that the Christ child is the manifestation of the divine.  In this context epiphany means manifestation or revelation. Linked to this understanding and celebration of Christ as revelation is what’s sometimes called the spiritual ah ha moment, where, through pain or joy, it is as though a curtain has been pulled back and we realise our own divine nature.  It might be that we are struck by awe at a wild storm, a magnificent sun rise, a beautiful piece of music, and we know as that tear rolls down our cheek there is more to our lives than the material.  These are moments of epiphany, and what is surprising about them, is that in the pain, joy, or awe we feel something familiar?  It is as though our realization, our epiphany, big or small, was already resting somewhere inside of us, just waiting for the right conditions.  Could it be that it was planted like a seed by God in our creation, and therefore possibly the only proof we need of our divine nature?

In his psalm number 139 David proposes something similar when he says:

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works: that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you - when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”  

This is such a powerful prayer and an incredibly important reminder in these strange and disorienting times. For we have all been intricately woven in the depths of the earth, and in this way every part of us touched and known by God!

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Image: Epiphany by the artist Claire Mack: https://www.clairemack.com/gallery/image/epiphany