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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

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Homily
Ordinary Sunday 15, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 16, 2017

Matthew 13:1-9

‘Good soil, good learning’

Jesus was a creative teacher. He used parables, story-pictures, to teach disciples about God, and about peace and love in the kindom or family of God. About one third of the teaching material of Jesus in the synoptic gospels is parable-based.

This means that Jesus liked stories and pictures very much; he knew that stories were/are fun to hear, fun to remember; that pictures help people to think and understand, and even become better, more sensitive and caring people. There’s a “corny” joke in the parable too, when Jesus says, “Let those who have ears to hear, hear this!” God be with you ...

The parable we have read today is the first parable Jesus tells in Matthew’s Gospel. A farmer sows seed and some seed lands on a footpath ... some falls on rocky ground ... some falls among thorns ... and some lands on good soil ...

Later, Jesus explains that the parable is about how different people hear his teaching about God, love and peace. The soil is a way of thinking about the heart, about the heart that listens (the ear of the heart) ...

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This Month – July

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, July 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, July 2 & 16, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, July 2 & 30, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, July 13, 7-9pm in the Church Hall. Topic: "Friends and Enemies". A light supper will be served, all welcome! Read More

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

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

Pastoral Care: Saturday, July 15 for Elders.

Church Council: Tuesday, July 18, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, July 16, 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, July 23, 12-1pm at the Church.


Next month – August

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, August 5, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, August 6 & 20, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, August 6, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, August 10, 7-9pm in the Church Hall. Topic: "Friends and Enemies". A light supper will be served, all welcome! Read More

Art Class: Saturday, August 12 & 26, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, August 13, 12-1pm in the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, August 19 for Elders.

Church Council: Tuesday, August 15, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, August 20, 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, August 27, 12-1pm at the Church.



Artwork: Corita Kent, Untitled watercolour, 1984.