The next Sunday Service is October 20 at 10:30 a.m. Our Gospel text this Sunday comes from the Gospel of Luke: Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ The Gospel of Luke is celebrated annually in many churches on October 18 and the theme is always Luke’s focus on hospitality and healing. Luke was a Gentile convert to the Jesus movement and thus he leaned heavily on themes of how we include newcomers into the life of faith. People who arrive as outsiders and become insiders bring a most interesting perspective.
Rev. Kevin writes, “I love to hear their ideas on how we can make our community more welcoming. When I became a minister I was most attuned to the usual contrast between people who were long-time members and newcomers. Most of us clergy were ready for that challenge. What has been surprising to me in my three decades of community life has been the challenge of how recent newcomers who have become members can sometimes forget how challenging it was to break in. I just assume that once you were new and now are familiar you will remain sensitive to the feelings of others who are new. But that is not always true. I think all of us need to remind ourselves how challenging it is to show up for the first time. We know Jesus would be sure to welcome the newcomers first, that Luke’s Gospel is focused on that reality (Luke 14).”
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