The human practice of hospitality is both a reflection and an extension of God’s own hospitality— God’s sharing of the love of the triune life with those who are dust. At the very center of this hospitality stands both a death and a resurrection, the most fundamental enactment of truth from God’s side and precisely therefore also the threshold of God’s abundant hospitality. (Reinhard Hütter)
God stretched out His hands on the Cross, that He might embrace the ends of the world; for this Golgotha is the very center of the earth. (Cyril of Jerusalem)
Today we continued our series, “The Five Ways of Being” by exploring hospitality. 1 Peter 4:9 instructs the people of God to, “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” That is not as easy as its sounds. Marjorie Thompson, in her book, Soul Feast, defines hospitality and provides some concrete ways to express this gift to others: “Hospitality means receiving the other, from the heart, into my own dwelling space. It entails providing for the need, comfort, and delight of the other with all openness, respect, freedom, tenderness, and joy that love itself embodies.”
Question: this week how could you be inventive in hospitality?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Everything in Color (Ben Cantelon)
- I Love Your Grace (Rick Founds)
- At the Cross (Daniel Rentsrom)
- Jubilee Invitation
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Be Hospitable)
- The Same Love (Paul Baloche)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.