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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
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Homily
Lent 3, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
March 24, 2019

1 Corinthians 10:11-13; Luke 13:1-9


‘A measure of love, a matter of depth’

The call to change our thinking with regard to tragedies and blessings is at heart a call to eschew simplistic world-views (prosperity gospels as well as theodicies) which serve primarily to bolster a sense of control over others, a sense of order wherein the interests of the powerful (the prosperous-blessed) remain central. Repentance means radical de-centring – giving up or letting go control, openness to a reign of love both eco-centric and Christocentric.

Repentance has a certain prophetic or apocalyptic tone. It is best expressed in positive terms though as the desire to think and act in a godly way. God be with you

Our gospel encourages us – I am thinking of the parable in particular – to focus on mercy or compassion, on a godly concern to see others nurtured and fed rather than cut down. We are encouraged to focus on the richly complex wonders of the world, not least the world of trees. And we are led from narrow places to a wide-open space wherein grace reorders reality and faith finds a home. We call this space the kin-dom of God (nature as Creation). And, most deeply, what happens in this space is called salvation – with Christ we participate in, perform, and bring to expression God’s love for the world.

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This month – March

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, March 2, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, March 3 & 17, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, March 3 & 31, 12-1pm at the Church.

Art Class: Saturday, March 9 & 23, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, March 10, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, March 14, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Pastoral Care: Saturday, March 16 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, March 17, 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, March 19, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Worship Planning: Sunday, March 24, 12pm at the Church.


Next month – April

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, April 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, April 7 & 21, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

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

Bible Study: Thursday, April 11, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

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

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

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

Pastoral Care: Saturday, April 20 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, April 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, April 28, 12pm at the Church.