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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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Rev. Andrew Collis
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Homily
Trinity Sunday, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 16, 2019

Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31; Psalm 8; 1 John 4: 12-16; John 16:12-15


‘God is the loving’

In the 16th century Martin Luther paraphrased the 4th-century creed adopted by the Ecumenical Council at Nicea. The Nicene Creed (325 CE) is one of two ecumenical creeds our Basis of Union asks us to know and use. I’ve revised Luther’s version just a little. Let’s say the words of the Creed together …

We all believe in God who made
heaven and earth in all their splendour,
who as a Mother gave in love,
as a Father strong and tender.
God provides for us and feeds us,
every day good gifts surround us;
keeps us safe from harm and leads us,
with protecting arms around us.
Guards and keeps us day and night,
all things are governed by this might.

And we believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s own Child, our Friend and Saviour,
who rules with equal power and might
at the side of God for ever.
Light of heaven’s light to save us,
born of Mary by the Spirit.
Through a human witness gave us
life that we could never merit.
Died upon the cross, and then
was raised by God to life again.

And in the Spirit we believe,
holy Comforter, life-giver,
who with the Parent and the Child
is adored and praised for ever.
Reconciles from every nation
those to whom true faith is given;
in the church, a new creation,
wounds are healed and sins forgiven.
The dead will all be raised, and we
will live with God abundantly.

The Nicene Creed is a confession of faith, modelled on trinitarian doctrine. God be with you

If you could underline just one word from each stanza, which three words would you choose? … Your three words won’t capture or define God … They won’t amount to a pure theological concept (Louis-Marie Chauvet).

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This month – June

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

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, June 2, 12-1pm at the Church.

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

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

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

Pastoral Care: Saturday, June 15 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, June 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, June 23, 12pm at the Church.

Church Council: Saturday, June 29, 2:30-5pm at the Church.


Next month – July

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, July 6, 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 7 & 21, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, July 7, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, July 13 & 27, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, July 14, 12-1pm in the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, July 20 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, July 21, 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 28, 12pm at the Church.