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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

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Homily
Ordinary Sunday 32, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
November 11, 2018

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Mark 12:38-44


‘A new solidarity’

The marriage of Ruth and Boaz is not a conventional romance in the modern sense of the word. Naomi and Ruth find a way to survive (following a period of grief and destitution), and Boaz accepts an invitation to honour the name of a deceased husband and relative. It may seem culturally alien (marriage has taken, and will yet take, many forms), but it also illumines an aspect of our gospel.

The widow represents all survivors of loving commitments. I see the widow as making a donation to the temple in honour of a deceased spouse who also made donations – celebrated festivals, rituals, community events, and so on.

Her donation is made not solely in her own name, but on behalf of another, alongside an absent other, in the name of a love she honours, in the Spirit of a family. We might think of her today, then, in terms of honouring the dead, and imagine others who give to beloved institutions/communities in honour of deceased spouses, partners, grandparents and parents, siblings, children, friends. God be with you

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This month – November

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, November  3, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, November  4 & 18, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, November  4, 12-1pm at the Church.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, November  11, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, November  8, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, November  10 & 24, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Church Council: Tuesday, November  20, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, November  17 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, November  18, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.

Worship Planning: Sunday, November  25, 12pm at the Church.