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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
Ordinary Sunday 28, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 13, 2019

Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19


‘Stigmata’

Luke 17:11-19 is an engaging gospel. 

The action takes place in a liminal space, an in-between space, in a nameless village somewhere between Galilee and Samaria. Jesus leads disciples to anticipate surprises, healing, new life at the margins, in various border experiences. God be with you ...

I note again that our worship space abuts an art gallery – this week the white shelves with ceramics by local artist Brittany Johnson sit between the pews at the northern end of the sanctuary. The works themselves acknowledge the goodness of the earth and traditions older/other than Christianity. 

Last night’s opening saw 40 or so parishioners, neighbours, actors, writers, editors, musicians, a bartender, Georgian economist and mysterious latecomer in the gallery/sanctuary – moving between the gallery and the sanctuary, weaving in and out just like the sticks and strands of Brittany’s baskets.

We might think about liminal spaces in our lives: adolescence, middle age, older age; fledgling relationships, testing vocations, periods of discernment; uncertain health; the space between the sacred and secular, the congregation and wider community; cross-cultural relations, inter-faith dialogue (in all its terror, with its fears and prejudices); inter-species kinships and affinities; the transition from one gender to another, from one sex to another, and various stages of sexual identity; various stages of spiritual awareness and maturity ...

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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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This month – October

Restoring Hope: Saturday, October 19, 7pm at the Church. Prayer through song and silence in the spirit of the community of Taize. More Details.


Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, October 5, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, October 6 & 20, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, October 6, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, October 10, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, October 12 & 26, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, October 13, 12-1pm in the Church.

Music Jam: Friday, October 18, 3-4:30pm in the Church. A time to learn, share and workshop songs. Bring your instrument and ideas.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, October 19 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, October 20, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month.

Liturgy Resource / Worship Planning: Sunday, October 20, 12pm at the Church.

Choir Practice: Sunday, October 27, 12-1:30pm at the Church.

Restoring Hope: Sunday October 19, 7pm. Prayer through song and silence in the spirit of the community of Taize.

Image: Linocut: 'Francis greets a leper’. (http://aeqai.com)