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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
Ordinary Sunday 19, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 12, 2018

Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2; John 6:35, 41-51


‘Godly freedom’

Jesus said: “I am the bread of life …” God be with you

There are seven “I am” sayings of Jesus. Each echoes the revelation to Moses, by way of the burning bush, where God called Moses to lead the Israelite captives to freedom. The holy name of God is “I Am” or “I Will Be” (Exodus 3:14).

Jesus said: “I am the bread … light … sheep gate … shepherd … vine … way/path … new life …”

The stuff of everyday existence. We are invited to look for, to see the divine in ordinary life. The good food we share (bread, company). The light and warmth of the winter sun. The animals we care for. Plants/trees/vines (which satisfy many kinds of thirst – physical, existential, spiritual … human as well as non-human). Pathways and roads – to and from places of worship and friendship. New life every morning, new life every time we experience hope, forgiveness, love, meaning.

We are invited to see the divine in nature and culture most familiar to us. Perhaps we are not so familiar with sheep gates and sheep. Perhaps, like Matt and Tammy, we know better what it’s like to herd, to feed and tend a dog … or a cat (I like Bea’s drawing of the woman with the kitten), the pigeons in the park, ibis, magpies, lorikeets …

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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.

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This month – August

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, August 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, August 5 & 19, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

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

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

Bible Study: Thursday, August 9, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, August 11 & 25, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, August 18 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, August 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.

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

Worship Planning: Sunday, August 26, 12pm at the Church.


Next month – September

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

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

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

Bible Study: Thursday, September 13, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

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

Pastoral Care: Saturday, September 15 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, September 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.

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

Worship Planning: Sunday, September 23, 12pm at the Church.