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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.

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Homily
Epiphany 6, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
February 16, 2020

Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; Matthew 5:21-37


‘Authenticity’

The Sermon on the Mount is both inspiring and disturbing. With a gesture toward Moses at Mount Sinai, Jesus interprets Torah for a Galilean people fragmented and hurting. In the Spirit, Jesus addresses us. God be with you

Beatitude is presented in images of non-grasping, non-competitive co-existence. Blessings flow to and from those engaged in faithful and hopeful work – works of mourning, peacemaking and solidarity. We imagine interesting and interested people – salt of the earth and light of the world – artists and activists, spiritual guardians and siblings, comrades.

Today’s reading centres on authenticity as integration of word and deed, behaviour and desire; integration of habits and rituals, public and private identities. A perjorative utterance (raca/reca/idiot/fool/nobody/nothing!), Jesus says, reveals a disrespectful heart. Murder and adultery are powered by unchecked anger, objectifying lust. Long-winded, sanctimonious speeches mask insecurity and immaturity.

Authenticity, or integrity, unmasks …

Scholars Norrie and Heather remind us the Greek word “hypocrite” refers to a masked performer. Not to denigrate the noble art of acting (artistic performance entails real courage and honesty), but to emphasise a major theme of the Sermon: authentic faith, authentic faithfulness builds consistency, dependable virtue, safe community, right relationship; authentic faithfulness embodies the wisdom of Sophia herself (freedom “to keep the commandments”), the very wisdom of Jesus who builds a house/church upon the rock of divine love for the world.

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This month – February

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, February 1, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, February 2 & 16, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, February 2, 12-1pm at the Church.

Art Class: Saturday, February 8 & 22, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, February 9, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, February 13, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Pastoral Care: Saturday, February 15 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, February 16, 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, February 16, 12pm at the Church.

Music Jam: Friday, February 21, 3-4:30pm in the Church. A time to learn, share and workshop songs. Bring your instrument and ideas.

Choir Practice: Sunday, February 23, 12-1:30pm at the Church.


Next month – March

Children's Activities: Sunday, March 1 & 15, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

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

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, March 7, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, March 8, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, March 12, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, March 14 & 28, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, March 15, 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, March 15, 12pm at the Church.

Music Jam: Friday, March 20, 3-4:30pm in the Church. A time to learn, share and workshop songs. Bring your instrument and ideas.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, March 21 for Elders.

Choir Practice: Sunday, March 22, 12-1:30pm at the Church.