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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
Advent 1, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
December 3, 2017

Psalm 80; Mark 13:24-37

‘Try creating something - you're in for a surprise!’

Happy new year! Today is the first Sunday in the season of Advent. The Latin word means “arrival” or “coming”. [You might like to write the word “Advent” on the Advent calendar box you are decorating. You could even add a few letters to create the word “Adventure”.]

The wonderful thing about Advent is that it encourages us to make space for something new, a new adventure – even as we remember the goodness of God. Advent prayers feature words like “surprise”, “unexpected”, “unknowing” ... On one level, we know that we will celebrate Christmas in a little under four weeks’ time. On another level, this can be a truly surprising event – for adventurous hearts and minds. God be with
you
...

Faith is an adventure. During Advent we light four candles: for hope, peace, joy and love.

That’s because these words help us to remember God in thanksgiving, to cry out to God for help, to imagine God’s coming again and again to bring new life. [Those who are making Advent calendars this morning might try creating small artworks about hope, peace, joy and love – the idea is to fill 24 envelopes with drawings, Bible verses, prayers, family projects and other good things.]

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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.

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.

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This month – December

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, December 4, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, December 5 & 19, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, December 5, 12-1pm at the Church.

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

Art Class: Saturday, December 11, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

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

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, December 19, 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.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, December 18 for Elders.

Church Council: Tuesday, December 21, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.



Orchard Gallery Exhibition Opening: Saturday November 25,
5-6:30pm. Celebrating Community: Prints & Collages

Exhibition: Celebrating Community Image: http://brucesanguin.com/the-days-are-surely-coming/