Midweek Message June 23

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.

Pastor Sharon