Radical WelcomeNew Every Morning | March 4, 2020
For church-based charities, our goal is more than providing food; our goal is demonstrating Christ’s radical welcome, inviting others into the family of God. One of the most distinctive traits of Christianity is radical welcome—opening our arms to people on any faith journey. The relational work of the church is inviting people who are food insecure to be part of our church, part of our ministry, even leaders of our program.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
When have you experienced Christ’s radical welcome? Join the conversation.
Then Jesus said to the person who had invited him, “When you host a lunch or dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers and sisters, your relatives, or rich neighbors. If you do, they will invite you in return and that will be your reward. Instead, when you give a banquet, invite the poor, crippled, lame, and blind. And you will be blessed because they can’t repay you. Instead, you will be repaid when the just are resurrected.”
—Luke 14:12-14 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank God for our food.
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I’ve best seen this in action at the center where I participated in the mom’s program. This program was only once a week and the center is open daily – reaching out to students in the area. There is after school assistance, an indoor skate park, Bible studies for both genders, and mentoring. It has expanded and been supported by many churches and organizations locally. A blessing to the community.
School days continue to zoom by – it seems I barely have time to catch my breath. It’s hard to believe we are 2/3 of the way through the year.
Back to small group tonight, now that basketball season is over. It will be good to re-connect in this manner – I have missed the wisdom and love which is shared each week.
The place i have experienced this the most is here amongst the commenters. I felt it given to me when I began posting after reading for a while. I try to extend the same to those who start to post. Otherwise in instances when I have been a member of a group providing services to those in need I have noticed that those in the organization treat the needy as “less than” and keeping them at arms length (figuratively).
Prayers for Jill and her small group, may they learn from one another.
Prayers for Robert, may he find a new therapist who can help him and a replacement vehicle that is safe and reliable.
Prayers for Rick as he continues to juggle schoolwork with his many other obligations. May God give him moments of rest.
Prayers for Andrea, April, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Edy, Lou, Mary and Marcy.
Megan is dog sitting for her friends this week and spent the night at their house last night. She will do so again tonight and tomorrow. This leaves me alone with h, but mostly during the night when my door is locked.
Prayers and thank you UR
God’s welcome to every sinner with a contrite heart is radical. Jesus exemplified this here on earth. As humans we measure how “big. bad, or terrible” a sin is. To God, this is a radical idea. they are all equally awful. Confess, repent, and God forgives. We try our best to sin no more.
Prayers for Julie’s safety and relief for her hands and foot.
Megan’s dog sitting is going well.
Prayers for Rick, Marcy, Mary, Andrea, April, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Edy, Lou, and Jill.
Thankful for all that went well for Erich last night, not really the progress hoped for.
Thank You, Lord.
I know that I felt radically welcomed after years of separation form the church. Although it was accidental in my mind initially. It didn’t take long to realize that it was God. Finding a reconciling ministry in the UMC was not hat I was looking for. I found a church home and acceptances beyond what I could have imagined. I also have an AA group that fully accepts and supports me. As my journey continues, I try to be that light and be radically welcoming to all. God is Good!
Jill, I pray your time tonight with your group is indeed nourishing to your soul, I can relate in a different way to school. I’m so grateful for my teachers and professors. Julie, I am prayer for your safety and Megans, this room does make me feel radically welcomed too. Robert ,I can relate to your post, initially trying to even look at the sins of my past was difficult. Just the word sinner, was hard to bear. So grateful for the UM men’s group. My pastors and loving congregational support .
Blessings to all how come here for rest and to feed your soul, may you feel welcomed and loved.