Reading: Matthew 25 v. 35, 40
‘Jesus said, ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me in…Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to ME.’
With this scripture in mind, what could be the quality of our welcome, the effort to ease any awkwardness look like for a newcomer in church? What would be the enthusiasm to help, to serve, to graciously receive and support and encourage?
Taking Jesus seriously changes congregational behaviour.
Do you remember walking into church for the very first time? What was it like? Who reached out to you?
Gracious God, give me a heart that
remembers the strangers who may be in my path today.
Help me to share Your all-encompassing love with them,
just as You have shown love to me. AMEN.
If there are particular persons who helped you feel welcomed into your congregation, express your thanks to them personally with a note. If that is no longer possible, give thanks for them by name to God.
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