Monday, October 4, 2010

How Hospitable Are You???

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for
by doing that some have entertained angels
without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

New to Marietta, they got up Sunday morning to worship at East Cobb U.M.C. They had driven by our facility and decided that we would be the first church they “tried out” as school started back. They were a family with a three-month old infant and a four-year old Kindergartner. Arriving 20 minutes before the scheduled start time of the service, they found a parking spot and approached the entrance.

One of our church’s Greeters welcomed them warmly, gave directions to the nursery, the worship area, and told them about our Children’s offerings for their Kindergartner. But, an alert member passing by did even more: they noticed what was going on and asked if they could help. The member then escorted the new family to the nursery, where their baby was placed in the loving care of our nursery workers. They showed them where KidZone Worship was held. Finally, the member escorted the parents to the worship area, where they were again welcomed by several other members during the greeting time.

Friends, I don’t care how hard it is to find a parking place or how much or little they enjoyed the worship, the music, or even the sermon. They will be back... because somebody was alert, cared, and went the extra mile – even though it might have been inconvenient – to help them feel “at home” at East Cobb U.M.C.

Do you know the name of those helpful church members? God does! Could we write down your name as one? This Fall you may have noticed that we have had a good number of guests and new worshipers that we’ve been welcoming each and every week to East Cobb UMC. They’re here on Sunday mornings for worship, Sunday nights for study groups, Wednesday night for supper, and some throughout the week for other church activities. So, let’s each offer our very best hospitality to welcome them in the name of the Lord! Remember, God loves you and I do, too!

2 comments:

  1. Is this a true story? Just kidding! May we all be aware at the right moment, not asleep when Jesus is praying in the garden...

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  2. Great example of the opportunities that present themselves to all of us. Hopefully we will use this lesson to make a friend of every person/family that honors us with a visit.

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