Dear Glen Mar friends,
I was talking with a friend of mine this week and I noticed she referred to "church visitors" as "guests." That's a small change, you might say, but I think, it's an important one. As I stood in the Gathering Place on Sunday waiting to go "make my entrance" as "Mrs. Rogers," and as I looked at the happy faces all engaged in conversation, I thought, it's very true. Every week, Jesus asks us to host a party for all the ones Jesus loves in the neighborhood. If you are a member of Glen Mar, you are a host, preparing to receive guests, each weekend. Everyone is of course also a guest too, but I wonder how your weekend experience in worship would be different if each of us thought of ourselves as "hosts" and others as "guests?"
It is easy to think that hospitality is something "other people" are called to do, and that the donuts and coffee appear like manna each week. But what if we all did our part to "host" the party, through taking a turn once a quarter to help with refreshments or greet the guests on their way in or out? What if we spoke intentionally to people who are alone, or intentionally to all the people around us in worship?
You may find that in offering hospitality to others, you yourself feel more welcomed and loved, and I know for a fact you'll feel more connected to Jesus.
This weekend we are again spotlighting our refreshment ministry. I hope you'll prayerfully sign up, even if just once, to see if it's true what the writer of Hebrews says, "Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!" (Hebrews 13:1, NLT).
See you in Church - You are Jesus' Guest (and host, too),