With this new worship community, you will be welcoming people who are walking into worship for the first time, walking in for the first time in a long time, and walking in out of a long-standing habit. If we want to be truly welcoming and in a real relationship with these people who are answering our invitation—and God’s—to worship together, then we must be experienced worshipers who still know how to connect to all of the emotions a new person feels.
—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
What could you and your congregation do to be more welcoming to new people? Join the conversation.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
—Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help us to welcome new people into our faith communities. Guide us to people who are seeking you, and help us convey your love and acceptance as we develop authentic relationships with them. Amen.
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