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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
Easter 6, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 21, 2017

1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21


‘Side by side’

In two weeks’ time we will celebrate an important day in the church year. We might say it’s the last day of Easter, the 50th day after Easter Sunday when Jesus is raised to new life. The day is called … Pentecost … and one of the Pentecost stories tells of a rushing wind and flames and disciples able to speak and understand different languages, different words. God be with you

Everybody is amazed by this coming of the Holy Spirit. They talk about God – about hospitality, courage, grace and kindness – in words that people from different cultures and families can understand. On Pentecost Sunday we’re invited to wear red. The tablecloth will be red, too. It’s very exciting, empowering.

But that’s still two weeks away.

In today’s Gospel reading Jesus teaches one new word (maybe he wants us to prepare for learning many new words at Pentecost). He is talking to his disciples who are feeling lonely and worried. “Don’t be afraid,” he says, “when I go to God I will ask God to send you another Paraclete to be with you always.”

Another Paraclete …

I had never heard this word before. It’s not a word the disciples could have read in their Bibles. Paraclete … the word is found in John’s Gospel only … five times here in John 14.

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This Month – May

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, May 6, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, May 7 & 21, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, May 7, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, May 11, 7-9pm in the Church Hall. Topic: "Friends and Enemies". A light supper will be served, all welcome! Read More

Art Class: Saturday, May 13 & 27, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, May 14, 12-1pm in the Church.

Church Council: Tuesday, May 16, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, May 20 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, May 21, 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, May 28, 12-1pm at the Church.


Next month – June

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, June 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, June 4 & 18, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

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

Bible Study: Thursday, June 8, 7-9pm in the Church Hall. Topic: "Friends and Enemies". A light supper will be served, all welcome! Read More

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

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

Pastoral Care: Saturday, June 17 for Elders.

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

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, June 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, June 25, 12-1pm at the Church.



Orchard Gallery Current Exhibition: Leaf & Bole

Exhibition: Leaf & Bole Artwork: Colouring sheet design by Illustrated Children’s Ministry.