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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
Easter 2, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 23, 2017

1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

‘Two keys to the kindom’

Let’s attend to our Gospel for today -- from the second to last chapter of John. It’s a familiar text and yet there’s something elusive. The text appears to pull in two directions. God be with you ...

One reading is critical of Thomas’ disbelief and stresses the words of Jesus as words addressed to readers, to us: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” This reading chides Thomas for his proud individualism. Alluding to John’s image of the vine as a symbol of community, it teaches: “No individual is a free agent, but is one branch of an encircling and intertwining vine whose fruitfulness depends on abiding with Jesus” (Gail O’Day) …

Another reading, however, lauds Thomas for honesty -- perhaps for bravery (he is not cowering with the Ten behind locked doors when the risen Christ first appears). This reading stresses that Jesus doesn’t rebuke Thomas for knowing what he needs. It also delights in Thomas’ confession given, as it happens, without touching the wounds of Jesus’ hands and side -- the high Christological confession of the gospels: “My Saviour and my God!”

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This month – April 2016

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, April 1, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, April 2 & 16, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, April 2 & 30, 12-1pm at the Church.

Art Class: Saturday, April 8 & 22, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, April 9, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, April 13, 7-9pm in the Church Hall. Topic: "Friends and Enemies". A light supper will be served, all welcome! Read More

Pastoral Care: Saturday, April 15 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, April 16, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.

Church Council: Tuesday, April 18, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Worship Planning: Sunday, April 23, 12-1pm at the Church.


Next month – May 2016

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, May 6, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, May 7 & 21, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, May 7, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, May 11, 7-9pm in the Church Hall. Topic: "Friends and Enemies". A light supper will be served, all welcome! Read More

Art Class: Saturday, May 13 & 27, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, May 14, 12-1pm in the Church.

Church Council: Tuesday, May 16, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, May 20 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, May 21, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.

Worship Planning: Sunday, May 28, 12-1pm at the Church.



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