A Welcoming Worship
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” ~ Romans 15:7
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” ~ Matthew 25:53
As we look forward to in-person worship this week, Membership Board has been continuing a series of conversations about a year of welcome. Every member of our congregation is responsible for welcoming others, whether that other is a first-time guest or a long-time member. After this pandemic year, it will be good to connect with friends on Sunday; let’s also strive to connect with people we don’t know well yet.
As Membership has discussed how to create a more welcoming and hospitable environment, we believe we first must remind everyone of the importance of welcome. We are the church! So we encourage everyone:
- every person is a greeter
- wear a name tag to help others know you
- welcome someone you don’t know.
We’ll share more as the year continues, but for now Membership Board believes that having welcome as a yearlong focus will benefit the life of our church community in helping all people feel more connected and in living the Christian mandate of welcoming the stranger among us.