hospitality

 

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  Rom 15:7 ESV

“You have one chance to impress your guest when they enter your place of worship.”  (Rev Emmanuel Revolus)

In ancient times hospitality was a valued, principled practice as an expression of kindness, common support, neighborliness and a response to a life centered on Christ.  It addressed the physical needs of strangers for food, shelter and protection, but was also a recognition of their worth and relationship. Hospitality almost always involved shared meals; table fellowship was an important way of acknowledging the equal value and worth of people.

Churches, like families, need to eat together to sustain their identity as a community.  The table is central to the practice of hospitality in the home and the church.  We are nourished there physically, spiritually and socially.  Whether we gather around the communion table or for a church potluck, we are strengthened as community.  It gives us the opportunity to establish new relationships and sustain existing ones.

As followers of Christ, we should offer a generous welcome to “the least of these”. Hospitality is not so much a job as a way we live our lives and share ourselves with others. Church is a crucial setting for nurturing a life of welcome.  Although it involves responsibility, faithfulness and performing certain duties, welcome emerges from a grateful heart.  It is a first response of love and gratitude for God’s love and welcome to us.  We appreciate the opportunity to act as host, welcoming others and making a place for guests, attendees and members.

A key element to providing a sense of welcome is to pay attention to physical environments. A sense of welcome will be most effective with inviting entrances, accessible facilities, comfortable furnishing, and adequate lighting, in addition to a communicated sense of welcome.  We wish to give everyone that enters the doors of Pacific our full attention.  We are all guests of God’s grace and look forward to extending that grace to those who walk through the doors of Pacific.

Hospitality occurs in significant ways at CAC. The Hospitality Ministry includes those who prepare and plan our food gatherings, our greeters and ushers, and those who offer various supports during our worship and other services.  These individuals are often the first contacts with those walking through our doors, and therefore must reflect the hospitality of the God we serve.  

Luke 10:25-37 Psalm 84:10 Proverbs 8:34 1 Corinthians 14:40 Romans 12:10-12