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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


Rev. Andrew Collis
Mobile: 0438 719 470

Homily by Margaret Vasey
Ordinary Sunday 28, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 9, 2016

Jeremiah 29:1-9; Luke 17:11-19

‘Remembering, Forgetting, and Being Thankful’

The Gospel story today tells us of Jesus commenting that, after curing ten men of a dreadful disease,  only one person came back to thank him. How could it be that the other nine were not thankful? What was stopping their thankfulness? Perhaps too many bad things had happened to them, or they resented other people having better luck that they had, or they had made bad decisions and were ashamed. Bad memories were causing a lack of gratitude. Bad memories were stopping them moving on in their lives.

(Dame Edna once wittily commented that a well-balanced person had a chip on each shoulder – that is the kind of well-balanced person we don’t want to be!)

Apart from unlucky and undeserved accidents, the cause of most human misery is fighting, whether it is on a small scale and local, or on a large scale, war between great groups of people.

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All Welcome
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.

The Orchard Gallery (artist run space) invites applications for exhibitions

Local healthy food. Subscribe & Pick Up Right Here At The Church
Tuesdays 5:30-6.30pm.

The South Sydney Herald Independent Newspaper

Ooooby Food

This month – October 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, October 5 & 19, 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, October 8 & 22, 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, October 9, 6-7pm in the church.

Food Donations: Sunday, October 9. Donations of non-perishable foods are most  welcome today! Please bring forward during the Offering of the service.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, October 9. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.

Informal Lunch: Sunday, October 16. 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.

Pastoral Letter
July 18, 2016

“… there is a religion that is propaganda, a religion that is sentimental and self-serving, and there is a religion that calls us to move beyond our comfort zone to the space of otherness” (M.P. Hederman).

Dear friends,

On August 26 I will commence long leave (including a month of study leave), returning on December 24. I will miss you all and keep you in my prayers – and look forward to sharing a warm Christmas and January with you.

Some time back I began a conversation with Professor Richard Kearney at Boston College (one of my favourite philosophers and religious writers). He has invited me to spend my long leave as a guest of the philosophy department at the college, which includes a School of Theology and Ministry as well as music studios and practice rooms!

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Orchard Gallery Exhibition: The Small Picture

Photo by Megan Churches

Thanksgiving for Creation: Sunday October 2, 10am. A special service of worship includes Blessing of Animals.

A Community of Faith
Our Minister of the South Sydney Uniting Church, the Rev. Andrew Collis, will be away for the next four months in Boston on long-service and study leave.

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Artwork: Eucharist by He Qi (2001).