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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
Epiphany 5, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
February 10, 2019

Isaiah 6:1-13; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11


‘Fishing for art and wisdom’

God be with you ...

I spent most of January at St Georges Basin on the south coast. I was keen to rest and I was keen to draw. I had brought my bag of art supplies – charcoal, chalk pastels and paper – and I had spent several days drawing at my easel, which I’d set up in the back yard of the family house. With little to show for it.

I looked out one day across the water to an island in the middle of the basin. I wondered whether I might paddle my surf-ski out to the island, and whether I might make some drawings out there. The challenge set in train a series of decisions and actions – donning SPF 50+ sunscreen and a long-sleeved shirt, a waterproof bag for my sketchbook and drawing implements … already I felt a renewed sense of excitement.

For five consecutive days I paddled out into deeper water, out to Sepulchre Island, to draw. I paddled out at 5pm and returned by 8pm – in the glow of a setting sun, with the mullet jumping, the ducks, pelicans and peewees making their own sounds and signs – making it back one evening just as a mighty storm brought big winds and waves, brought down branches and leaves – with more drawings than I’d ever made in my life. I was very happy.

In a happy place – in this tension between resting and working, going out and coming back, the strange and the familiar.

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This month – February

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, February 2, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, February 3 & 17, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, February 3, 12-1pm at the Church.

Art Class: Saturday, February 9 & 23, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, February 10, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, February 14, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Pastoral Care: Saturday, February 16 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, February 17, 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.

Church Council: Tuesday, February 19, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Worship Planning: Sunday, February 24, 12pm at the Church.


Next month – March

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, March 2, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, March 3 & 17, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, March 3 & 31, 12-1pm at the Church.

Art Class: Saturday, March 9 & 23, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, March 10, 12-1pm in the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, March 14, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Pastoral Care: Saturday, March 16 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, March 17, 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.

Church Council: Tuesday, March 19, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Worship Planning: Sunday, March 24, 12pm at the Church.