Good Folks, it is Friday, June 16, 2017. It is Father’s Day weekend. Enjoy!
Culture of Hospitality could mean: Welcome + Friendliness + Warmth + Kindness + Generosity + Cordiality + Openness. The church welcomes all. It is friendly, warm, kind, and generous in many different ways. It is cordial and open to the possibilities of future relationships.
Reflect with me on a time when you went to visit another church, community, or an event where most of the folks knew one another but you did not know a soul? I have been there and felt lonely in a crowded room. I have shared with some small groups about experiences as a District Superintendent (DS), early in my tenure of visiting some churches and not feeling welcomed or acknowledged as a guest. [Side note: Visitors visit, always in a non-predetermined time. A guest is one who you are preparing to receive during a specified movement…and so, you make that location a place to welcome with anticipation, with anxiousness for everything to be just-right, and have things in their place. In other words, you are getting ready for your guests.]
The church is no different. We have Guest Parking. We have designated spaces for those who are not members to have the best parking spots. And why not? We are anticipating their arrival. We have brought out our best. We have made ready with anticipation. We have “vacuumed the floors.” When this is done spiritually, there is a genuine sense that the stranger is welcomed. That individual is looking to hear a word of hope, a handshake with a smile, and a familiar Christian welcome, that makes all the difference. Be part of welcoming, as we would want to be welcomed.
This Sunday begins the “Seven Summer Sundays.” We will have one service which begins at 10:30AM. Special music will abound and since this is Father’s Day, the United Methodist Men will have special music with Pastor Alex preaching his farewell sermon. There will be a reception afterwards to extend blessings to the Williams Family. Lastly, there will be a commissioning of our youth that we be going on their annual summer mission work trip during the worship service.
Invite. Welcome. Extend a hand of friendship.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…Matthew 25:35 (NRSV)