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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
Blessing of the Animals
Thanksgiving for Creation, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 30, 2018

Genesis 2:18-20; Psalm 148; Matthew 6:25-29


‘Do not fret’

Our reading from Genesis 2 is about common ground – human and nonhuman “people” created from the same soil. In some important way language, too, is identified as a place of encounter, mystery. An early biblical picture of the kindom of God.

So it’s no surprise to find Jesus the poet (the Word of God) teaching on common ground between disciples, birds and wildflowers. He makes an imaginative appeal, employing poetic exaggeration to teach an attitude to God. Seek first the kindom. Do not fret about food or clothes. Do not be preoccupied with food and clothes. Give radical priority to the kindom, and experience every ordinary thing as the gift of a loving God.

In other words, Jesus invites attunement to natural beauty, connectedness – what some religious thinkers call the “symbiotic real” or “inter-being”. Compassion, solidarity, common ground, “our common home”. God be with you …

There are so many ways to receive and understand this teaching.

There are some coloured pencils on each pew that you might colour the image of St Clare, perhaps highlighting her habit, hands, face, halo, book of gospels or background …

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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.

The Orchard Gallery (artist run space) invites applications for exhibitions

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This month – October

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

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

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

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

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

Church Council: Tuesday, October 16, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, October 20 for Elders.

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


Next month – November

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, November  3, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, November  4 & 18, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, November  4, 12-1pm at the Church.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, November  11, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, November  8, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, November  10 & 24, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Church Council: Tuesday, November  20, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, November  17 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, November  18, 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, November  25, 12pm at the Church.