Joshua relates how our ancestors entered the Promised Land and ate the Passover meal to remember their passing over from slavery to freedom.
Paul reminds us that we are free, we are “a new creation” and in our freedom we have the “ministry of reconciliation.”
And Jesus tells us in Luke’s Gospel that we are all called to be like God; forgiving, compassionate. Please read the parable slowly and prayerfully and find yourself in the story.
The wonderful parable of the father and his two sons is probably the most compelling story about the unbelievable love and compassion of our God.
It is the heart of what it means to be a Christian. As we read the parable we can certainly see ourselves as the “prodigal son,” who has squandered the gifts we have been given, been selfish, been egocentric, not a nice person.
But if we can just remember that our God keeps showering us with grace, even when we are alienating ourselves from God, then we can only hope and pray that one day we, like the wayward son, will come running back to a compassionate father. And God’s arms will be open!
Unfortunately, we also act like the son who stayed home and followed all the rules and regulations and now sees what appears to be a great injustice done to him.
He too is selfish, egocentric, not a nice person. And in spite of his selfishness and hatred for his brother, his father too, reaches out and loves him so much.
He could not see that his brother was dead and is now alive. He could not rejoice in it.
God has been consistent with both of his sons. God’s grace and infinite love has embraced them both. Both were dead!
And one knew it and came home and the other did not know it. What is the greater sin, to live a life of sinful pleasure or to live a life of rigidity and external faithfulness, but have no heart?
Our goal is to be like the father. And that means that we live knowing just how much we are loved and that love is so immense that it will include those who have fallen and are on the way home and the self-righteous often “church-going” person who somehow feels that there is not enough love to go around.
It is hard to be forgiving, especially if someone has hurt us. But think of the father in the story. Both of his sons hurt him. Neither one really deserved his love.
But, like our God, he was compassion and forgiving and never able to break the covenant that he made with us. I think he was especially forgiving to the son who stayed at home who should have known better since he shared his father’s table everyday.
Come and worship with us at 8 or 10:30 on Sunday. We are at 4051 N. 25th Street.
Monday, December 31 2012, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Don’t let the holidays pass you by without enjoying a New Year’s toast with your McGovern friends. Enjoy snacks and music while being with your friends.
If you plan to partake in the senior meal program, you must register at the dining site by noon on Friday, December 28.
Please note: Other Senior Centers are closed Monday, December 31. McGovern is open.
RSVP by calling 414.527.0990
Location: 4500 W Custer Ave, Milwaukee
by Todd Johnson
Each year, Thanksgiving is a time families and friends get together over a great meal. But neck and neck with food on the priority list is good ‘ol fashioned football.
The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions have been Turkey Day staples since the league began playing its games on the holiday back in 1920. In 2006, the league added a third slate of games which gave other teams the opportunity to shine on a national stage.
Hall-of-Fame running back Barry Sanders was a Thanksgiving day legend. Sanders’ nimble feet and breakaway speed carried his Detroit Lions throughout his illustrious career. On Thanksgiving, non-Lions fans had almost a guaranteed chance to see why.
Sanders, along with fellow Hall-of-Fame running back O.J. Simpson, earn well-deserved spots on theGrio‘s slideshow of memorable Thanksgiving Day performances.
Other stars making the cut include Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Giants punisher Lawrence Taylor and Vikings receiver Randy Moss.
Afro Fusion Cuisine introduces the Milwaukee community and beyond to a fresh, authentic and urban point of view on ethnic cuisine inspired from West Africa.
Afro Fusion Cuisine Brands LLC, based in Milwaukee, WI is a family owned culinary company operated by a native African aiming to share with the Milwaukee community and beyond the pleasure of sharing social moments around a delicious African meal. Afro Fusion Cuisine offers a cultural experience through a unique and eclectic selection of West African staples and culinary services inviting you to a yummy escape, a sensorial experience of West Africa.
Afro Fusion Cuisine products and services include:
- Organic easy to use Spice blends, dry rubs and seasonings– African inspired organic spice blends, marinades and sauces guaranteed to bring an authentic African twist to your everyday meal. Made in small batches from fresh ingredients with your health and delight in mind!
- Catering– Authentic West African appetizers and dishes along with Fusion foods for all your special occasions
- Taste of West Africa Dinners & Tasting Parties organized around the Milwaukee area in great locations to immerse the community into African food and culture
- African Cooking Classes & Diversity seminars – Excellent opportunity to engage the community on learning West African culinary heritage and sociological relationship with foods.
Afro Fusion Cuisine will be housed in Milwaukee Downtown, in the heart of the third Ward at Kasana Collective on 241 N Broadway (in the Broadway Galleries Building).
Upcoming events in town:
- Oct 20– 8AM-6PM- Food Exhibition at State Fair Small business expo
- Nov 2, 7PM- Taste of West Africa dinner party – call 414-326-9251 to RSVP (limited seating and Valet parking)
- Nov 16 – VIP launch Party (Invitation only)
- Nov 26 – Taste of Home cooking class downtown Milwaukee (Call 414-326-9251 to RSVP)
Make African food an option for your next big event. Whether you are planning a special meal at home, a private party or a big event let us delight your guest with a splash of flavors and an unforgettable journey to Africa in a single bite. Call us at 414-326-9251 today to request our catering menu or book your next event. Visit us online at www.afrofusionbrands.com. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/afrofusioncuisine/ and twitter @afrofusioncook
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Wauwatosa, WI–“Thank you for the lunches you gave me and my Auntie these past two months. It was a blessing as this was our only meal,” wrote one youth, who gave the note to a Salvation Army driver during the last days of Feed the Kids. The Salvation Army’s Feed the Kidsmeal program, now in its 23rd year, served a record 116,686 lunches to area children this summer.
Retired Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler made a surprise visit and served the last of those meals on Friday, August 24. “I used to be one of those kids. I grew up poor in a Jacksonville, Florida projects, I know about living in poverty and understand the importance of giving back. The Salvation Army does great work,” said Butler, inventor of the Lambeau Leap.
“The economy continues to impact many families’ ability to meet basic needs, even food; 40% of children in Milwaukee are living in poverty. The Feed the Kids program is a major contributor in continuing nutritional care throughout the summer and meeting the hunger needs of children in the Greater Milwaukee area,” said Major Roger Ross, Salvation Army Milwaukee County Commander.
The Salvation Army operated the Feed the Kids program for 10 weeks from June 19 to August 24 in collaboration with Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Public School District, West Allis/West Milwaukee School District, Milwaukee Center for Independence, Boys & Girls Clubs, Social Development Commission and HeartLove Place.