World Communion Sunday
Sermon (audio only) by Rev. Don Ludwig and panel: Amanda Olson, Kathy Ludwig, John Shuck, and Michel Mouzong.
We, this people,
In whose mouths abide cankerous words Which challenge our very existence,
Yet out of those same mouths
Come songs of such exquisite sweetness That the heart falters in its labor
And the body is quieted into awe…
When we come to it
to the day of peacemaking —
We must confess that we are the possible, We are the miraculous,
the true wonder of this world.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
Ruth answered, “Please don’t tell me to leave
you and return home! I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God.