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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 – May 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, May 6 & 20, 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, May 9 & 23, 12-4pm. Gold coin donation.

Children’s Activities: Sundays, May 10 and 24. During worship, activities for children.

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

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

Informal Lunch: Sunday, May 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.

Pentecost Sunday, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 24, 2015

Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104; John 15:26-27;16:4b-15


I recently completed a song lyric begun three years ago. Drawing on psalms 25 and 31 the lyric begins: “Let me not be put to shame.” It’s a song about communication and miscommunication. “Your words were a low humming/ My mind, a rolling wave, washed them away/ ... And the words that fell from my hands/ Lay broken in the backyard with the bricks ...” The final verse stages a panic attack on the part of someone who feels estranged from another, estranged from land, culture and language: “You were born here and you live it/ The country dear to your spirit/ I staggered a long way back from the start/ I reclined close by your side/ I wasn’t ever sure how you’d hear it/ I was deep in a trance, it really took a toll on my heart/ My heart, how hard it tried/ Blood loud in my legs and loud music/ In my arms, numbers tumbling in a drum ...”

One allusion is to Indigenous wisdom, connection to land, the aspiration a day of justice, respect, understanding (the future of our country depends on it). The biblical allusion is to the story of Babel/babble (Why can’t there just be one language so we can all understand?), the aspiration the coming of a “Spirit of truth”, a Spirit of translation, cross-cultural listening and speaking, understanding ... communication and community. God be with you ...

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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

Local healthy food. Subscribe & Pick Up Right Here At The Church
Tuesdays 5:30-6.30pm.

The South Sydney Herald Independent Newspaper

Ooooby Food Icon of the Resurrection (www.byzantines.net/byzcathculture/icons/resurrection_mel.jpg)

Orchard Gallery Exhibition: Friends & Strangers

Exhibition: Friends & Strangers