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This week we begin our worship series on the theme Ubuntu. I am, because we are, because God is. A concept emerging from African culture, Ubuntu is a different way of looking at the world and our relationship to each other by placing the needs on others before ourselves. This week we hear a message from Jesus in John 14 where he tells us who God is and how God is active in our lives.
Dear Friends of the Milton Lutheran Parish,
A few years ago I was attending a leadership training program in New Hampshire. While I was there our group had the opportunity to visit a beekeeper and learn about the business he and his wife created. They would harvest the beeswax to produce candles for churches throughout the world. It was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about honeybees that day and the ways that the hive works together to thrive.
Each bee in the hive has a specific function, the queen, the drones, the nurse bees, the gathering bees, and of course the worker bees. If each type of bee performs its function, then the colony will thrive. It will gather pollen, develop honey and wax, survive the winter, and eventually produce other colonies.
We will hear in the book of Acts this week how the first Christian communities developed and thrived, just like honeybees. It says, 32 ‘Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35 They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.’ (Acts 4:32-35)
This concept of placing the needs of others before our own needs has existed throughout God’s creation, for all of time. We see it in how the honeybees work together and we see it again as the image of the first Christian communities is pictured here. It is also central to the philosophy of Ubuntu. Ubuntu revolves around the concept of the African proverb, “A person is a person because of other persons”.
This week we will learn more about how our individual identity is grounded in who God is and how God places us together in relationship with one another.
I wanted to encourage you to take a look at our September Newsletter that has a lot of information in it about upcoming ministry opportunities. I also wanted to remind you that we will be having a food stand at the Milton Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 18th. Confirmation and Youth Group will also begin at United In Christ in West Milton starting at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 19th.
As always, if you need anything please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Gary Schaeffer, Pastor
Milton Lutheran Parish's ministry is centered in faith formation, parish community life, worship, fellowship, and engagement in the greater Milton community. We warmly welcome everyone to our worship services, bible studies, fellowship and outreach opportunities.
The Reverend Gary Schaeffer serves as Milton Lutheran Parish’s pastor, leading our faith community in worship services, bible studies, spiritual practices, and prayer and communion each week. We are thankful for his leadership and creativity which keeps us spiritually strong.
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