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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 – August 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, August 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, August 8 & 22, 12-4pm. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, August 9 and 26. During worship, activities for children.

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

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

Informal Lunch: Sunday, August 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.

Ordinary Sunday 21, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 23, 2015

Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

‘The s/word of love and hope’

The final segment of Ephesians is a mini-homily in itself, employing the tradition of Isaiah 59:17 and Wisdom 5:17-18, which speak of God’s armour. One response to military might in a world held in check by Roman or any other imperialism is to make it a metaphor for one’s own potential strength. The tradition is, of course, very old. In what ways is God like a soldier? In what ways are Christians like soldiers? Both Isaiah and Wisdom use the imagery to portray God’s strength. Here in Ephesians the focus is the believer. What are these Christian soldiers meant to be doing? Centuries of fascination with power and of Christian engagement with rulers and their armies suggest images of conquest, marching against the foe. God be with you …

At worst the metaphor inspires zealous militarism, which has as its goal the defeat of the evil empires. Killing is bad enough, but if people can kill in the name of their God, somehow the whole achievement can be seen as something good and worthwhile. The image doubtless inspires some in our own age to the confidence that they act for God in seeking to rid the world of enemies, usually defined as those who call their lifestyle into question.

By association, the desire to define people as enemies sets up barriers of discrimination and hate across the whole world. So the imagery is quite dangerous and can easily get out of hand in the minds both of ordinary people and of “Christian” leaders.

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