We won’t just share space. We will cross over + share life.
We won’t just serve. We will cross over + befriend.
What is hospitality? The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests. To many of us it involves social entertaining, both formal and casual, where friends, family, and business associates are our guests. We feel pressure to put on a good show. The house needs to be spotless, the food has to be just right, and our conversation and activities must be entertaining. Reciprocation of invitations is important. Some of us avoid offering hospitality to anyone but good friends and close family, because we are embarrassed about our messy home, our mediocre cooking skills, or our lack of conversational skills.
What is Christian hospitality? Some have been given a spiritual gift of hospitality, but all of us can practice hospitality in some way, both in our homes and as a congregation. It goes beyond just sharing with family and friends. It means welcoming others into our everyday lives. We cross over into our surrounding community making room for the stranger, whether they are able to reciprocate or not. Sometimes they will seem frightening or unusual to us, but as we get to know these strangers, many of them become our friends.
- Offer hospitality to homeless families. Hope Church will be hosting Families Moving Forward families September 10-17. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
- Offer hospitality to international students and visitors: provide a room in your home for a student, or invite students for Thanksgiving dinner. Questions? email@example.com
I Peter 4:8-10 (The Message) “Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless â€“ cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you.”
Hebrews 13:2 (NIV) “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”