The Spirit of Partnership

Good morning!

This coming Sunday we will gather again to celebrate the life of our church. It is Anniversary Sunday – a time of praise, celebration, reflection and joy! A time to remember the past, give thanks for the present and to vision the future! And what a celebration it will be!! We will welcome a new member into our family through the sacrament of baptism; we will mark a significant time in the lives of four of our children as they receive their Bibles; we will celebrate with four of our young people who have reached that place in their lives when they will renew their baptismal covenant and become full members of the United Church of Canada through confirmation; we will dedicate the first two of our community banners that reflect something of who we are as the people of God; and we will gather together around the table to share a meal. There is so much that we have to be thankful for in this part of the family of God.

With the thought of anniversary in my mind I began my morning devotion and I found this amazing reflection by Donal Harrington called “ The Spirit of Partnership “. I would like to share it with you because I believe it shares some wisdom for us as we move forward as community.

The spirit of partnership

A familiar sight and sound in Autumn are the geese as they fly over us, heading for their wintering grounds
In the sloblands around the coast, flying in “V” formation. It is interesting to know what science has discovered
About why they fly this way…

It has been learned that, as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.
By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds aver 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and
Easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to do it alone
And quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird community in front.

If we have as much sense as a goose we will stay with those who are headed in our direction and draw on
The combined power of community.

When the lead goose gets tired, he or she rotates back in the wing and another bird flies point

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent
On each other’s skills, capabilities and unique combination of gifts, talents and resources.

The geese flying south in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the
Production is much greater. The power of encouragement is the quality of honking we appreciate.

Finally, when a goose gets sick, wounded , or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow
It down, to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then they launch out
With another formation or else catch up with the flock.

If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

My prayer for us as a community of faith is that we might draw on one another for power and grace; that we might stand beside one another in good and bad; that we might share the leadership and encourage each other on the way; that we might indeed have the sense of geese!


Reminders of the Week

Saturday Morning Breakfast! 8am – 11
Sunday Morning Worship at 10:30 followed by Lunch. Lunch is being provided just make sure to bring yourself!

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