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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
Palm Sunday, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 5, 2020

Matthew 21:1-11


‘One palm branch, one cloak …’

Jesus enters Jerusalem, slowly. Slow enough that people walk alongside the donkey he rides. People follow behind him. Some even walk ahead. There is something about the pace of this story we can relate to. For our lives move slowly right now. We proceed warily, cautiously. There is something about the pace of this story that just might help us right now. God be with you

A slower pace encourages reflection. A slower pace promotes gratitude, kindness – more time for conversation, housekeeping, note-taking, perhaps art-making …

Jesus the artisan (carpenter and parable-poet) is certainly creative. This story shows him in playful street-theatre mode. Carefully dramatic, symbolic, political. Playing to messianic desires, he is also challenging, provoking.

Matthew even goes along with the joke, it seems, having the disciples procure not one but two donkeys (an absurdly literal interpretation of the prophecy from Zechariah).

So, a slower pace allows for humour. With all that’s going on in the gospel (religious and political collusion, persecution of the poorest and weakest, threats to ministries of compassion), there is merriment and joy.

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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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On Sundays, the church, hall and garden are used exclusively for the worship and ministry activities of South Sydney Uniting Church. From Monday to Saturday we offer our church and hall for the use of others. Read More

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, worship services, in-person gatherings, and uses of our church by external groups are suspended. Please be assured of our commitment to maintaining connection across distance, adapting to safety restrictions, providing pastoral care for people experiencing anxiety, danger or fear, and expressing kindness in new ways.  Read More

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