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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
Mobile: 0438 719 470

Homily
Ordinary Sunday 13, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 26, 2016

Psalm 16; Luke 9:51-62

‘Real life in the world’

I was baptised in 1969 at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Sans Souci. In 1995, at the age of 26, I reaffirmed my baptism at Balmain Uniting Church, a year before candidating for ordained ministry. It would be better to say that I was reaffirmed – my baptism reaffirmed – by God in and through the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church embodied at Balmain Uniting. I responded to this miraculous happening – new life over time in the waters of creation and humanity – by saying, “I repent of my sins”, “I turn to Christ”, “I commit myself to God”. The reign/kindom of God opened out into wider realities, an invitation to real life in the world in the company of Jesus and all the saints. God be with you 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus sets his face for Jerusalem. It’s a fitting text for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, a season of discipleship, which means following after Jesus and learning from him. Jesus is on a journey marked by compassion and confrontation, and so are we. 

Specifically, we are told that Jesus, the Human One, refuses to endorse violent responses to conflict. We are shown a wandering Saviour with no guaranteed lodging. And we’re taught that the reign/kindom of God takes priority over familial and civic duties. As disciples of Jesus, as students of the Way – in the company of reaffirming saints – disciples reaffirmed in baptism – we are called to live with compassion, prepared for confrontation, humanely, in a Spirit of religious restlessness or restless religiousness.

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This month – June 2016

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: Thursdays, June 2 & 16, 6-8pm. Creative Writing Group. Club Redfern (2/159 Redfern Street). Phone Adrian on 9690 1427 for more details. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Art Class: Saturdays, June 11 & 25, 12-4pm in church hall. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, Fortnightly. During worship, activities for children. Contact Blair for more details on 0425 297 765.

Evening Prayer: Sunday, June 12, 6-7pm in the church.

Food Donations: Sunday, June 12. Donations of non-perishable foods are most  welcome today! Please bring forward during the Offering of the service.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, June 12. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.

Informal Lunch: Sunday, June 19. 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.

Orchard Gallery Exhibition Opening: Saturday May 28,
5-6:30pm. First Retrospective

Exhibition: First Retrospective Image: Untitled by Noah Patterson, 2016.