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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


Rev. Andrew Collis
Mobile: 0438 719 470

This month – April 2015

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, April 1 & 15, 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, April 11 & 25, 12-4pm. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, April 12 and 26. During worship, activities for children.

Food Donations: Sunday, April 12. Donations of non-perishable foods are most  welcome today! Please bring forward during the Offering of the service.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, April 12. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.

Informal Lunch: Sunday, April 19. 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.

Easter 4, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 26, 2015

Psalm 23; John 10:11-18

‘To end all sacrifices’

Metaphors matter. Our psalm and gospel present the metaphor of God as shepherd; Jesus as good or godly shepherd. A metaphor of strength and tenderness; earthy, universal – uniting all human and non-human existence; vulnerability, needs and pleasures. The gospel and psalm also offer a focus on love – on unselfish responsibility, care, leadership, service. I hesitate to use the word “sacrifice” because it’s all too readily used. Without overt reference to cults of bloodletting and scapegoating, of which the gospel (in the tradition of the prophets) is properly a critique, sacrifice is a dangerous metaphor. We should be wary of unqualified talk about sacrifice. Such talk often conceals (even from itself) a host of related assumptions to do with all-powerful and angry gods or powers, demanding priests, public rites of inclusion and exclusion, the allure and effectiveness of sacred violence, and so on.

This past week brings the special danger of conflating the gospel’s subversion of sacrifice in the nonviolent name of Jesus the Victim-Saviour with the nation’s celebration of sacrifice in the name of military courage and honour. There are similarities between the two but they are not the same.

A commonality is the injunction to remember (lest we forget); to remember well that we might understand, learn, even change and grow. Today’s homily, then, revisits some past reflections on the metaphor of good or godly shepherding, before attending to some recent historical work on the Anzac legend. God be with you ...

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Exhibition: Friends & Strangers