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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

Ordinary Sunday 17, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 24, 2016

Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13

‘Teach us to pray’

Acknowledge the goodness of God. Orient yourself to God at work in the world. And in that context bring your requests, in words, in silence, in drawing or singing or dancing – however it is that you best express love and reorientation of self. God be with you

When I was a child I used to pray every night. My Dad would come into my room and hear my prayer: “God bless Mummy. God Bless Daddy. Sooty (my dog), Debbie, Karen, Julie, all my friends. Please God, help me to be a very good boy. Amen.” I don’t often think about this childhood ritual. But today it seems appropriate to wonder at the influence such a practice might have had in my life. Not that I still pray those precise words. Not that I can connect in the same way to the sentiments as expressed in that prayer. Still, repeating the prayer, making time and space for that ritual, over many years, means that the words “God” and “bless” and “good” – that an honouring of family and home, a certain longing, striving – remain with me.

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All Welcome
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

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Tuesdays 5:30-6.30pm.

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This month – July 2016

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: Thursdays, July 7 & 21, 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, July 9 & 23, 12-4pm in church hall. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, Fortnightly. During worship, activities for children. Contact Blair for more details on 0425 297 765.

Evening Prayer: Sunday, July 10, 6-7pm in the church.

Food Donations: Sunday, July 10. Donations of non-perishable foods are most  welcome today! Please bring forward during the Offering of the service.

Birthday Celebrations: Sunday, July 10. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month. Contact Naomi for details.

Informal Lunch: Sunday, July 17. 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.

Our minister Andrew Collis will be on leave August 26 – December 24, 2016. You are invited to a worship service and lunch to farewell Andrew on Sunday August 21. Worship service 10am followed by lunch at 12pm.

Pastoral Letter
July 18, 2016

“… there is a religion that is propaganda, a religion that is sentimental and self-serving, and there is a religion that calls us to move beyond our comfort zone to the space of otherness” (M.P. Hederman).

Dear friends,

On August 26 I will commence long leave (including a month of study leave), returning on December 24. I will miss you all and keep you in my prayers – and look forward to sharing a warm Christmas and January with you.

Some time back I began a conversation with Professor Richard Kearney at Boston College (one of my favourite philosophers and religious writers). He has invited me to spend my long leave as a guest of the philosophy department at the college, which includes a School of Theology and Ministry as well as music studios and practice rooms!

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Orchard Gallery Exhibition Opening: Saturday August 13, 5-6:30pm. The Small Picture

Artwork by Jen Norton.