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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

This month – November 2014

Prayer Meeting: Heather and Miriam meet at 7.30am in the church most Saturday mornings for prayer. Please let them know if you’d like to join them or have a prayer offered on your behalf.

Wordplay: Wednesdays, November 5 & 19, 6-8pm. Creative Writing Group. Club Redfern (2/159 Redfern Street). Phone Adrian on 9690 1427 for more details. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Art Class: Saturdays, November 8 and 22, 12-4pm. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, November 9 and 23. During worship, activities for children.

Food Donations: Sunday, November 9. Donations of non-perishable foods are most  welcome today! Please bring forward during the Offering of the service.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, November 9. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.

Informal Lunch: Sunday, November 16. Meet after church for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a “lunch box” for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated. Contact Naomi for details.


Homily
Ordinary Sunday 33, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
Chapel of St Andrew, Centre for Ministry
November 16, 2014

Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

‘Enter into the joy ...’

The apostle Paul writes: "Therefore encourage each other and edify one other, just as you also are doing."

The encouragement I received in this place - my formative experience of the Uniting Church in Australia as an indigenous and prophetic expression of the one holy, catholic and apostolic church - to think deeply and to engage without fear, was encouragement for which I remain deeply grateful. What did I know about theology or church history before enrolling at the college? Not very much at all.

In 2010 William edited a book of prayers of the early church. In it I discovered a spiritual writer of the fourth century called Ephrem the Syrian. William notes Ephrem's "poetic approach to theology" which "provides a refreshing counterbalance to the excessively cerebral approach of much Western theology". Ephrem's writing might also be said to exemplify an affinity between pre- and post-modern sensibilities. His prayer for compassion is a personal favourite and apposite in light of today's Gospel.

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Artwork: Anonymous, Parable of the Talents, 1500-1600.