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
Rev. Andrew Collis
Mobile: 0438 719 470
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, August 6 & 20, 6-
Art Class: Saturdays, August 9 and 23, 12-
Children’s Activities: Sundays, August 10 and 24. During worship, activities for children.
Food Donations: Sunday, August 10. Donations of non-
Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, August 10. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.
Informal Lunch: Sunday, August 17. 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, we are your people.
Transform us and make us anew.
Spin us into strong threads
of love and caring.
Weave us into a community
of wisdom and compassion,
kindness and rejoicing.
Sew us into garments
of strength and dignity.
We are your people,
the work of your hands.
May we praise you forever. Amen.
Reconciliation/reunion is a common theme today. The psalmist lauds the community “where YHWH bestows the blessing”. The Genesis reading depicts one of the Bible’s most emotional scenes: the reconciliation of Joseph with the brothers who sold him into slavery (a scene of much weeping). And the Gospel is most striking of all the barrier between Jews and Gentiles is breached as Jesus is challenged by the persistence and quick wit of a woman who is also a Canaanite (a traditional enemy). God be with you ...
Jesus is portrayed as tired, insensitive, cold. The Messiah who has just given the disciples a lesson concerning cleanliness and uncleanliness (“Hear this and understand: it’s not what enters your mouth that defiles you it’s what comes out of your mouth that defiles you”) here, from his own mouth, utters insulting words (racist, sexist, elitist) in the presence of his disciples and in the presence of a mother begging for mercy.
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.
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