Hospitality is the essential challenge of the Gospel. Matthew Fox, in his book Original Blessing, suggest that the true meaning of “holiness” is hospitality. Hospitality is, essentially, the offer of safety, comfort, nourishment and friendship to both friend and stranger. The Scriptures show that this is a high ideal in God’s purposes. What this means for us is, initially, an opening of our hearts to welcome the stranger and friend, offering safety, comfort and love.
Then, this must overflow into practical hospitality, opening our ‘homes’ – our communities, our church, our neighborhoods and, yes, even our literal homes, to those who need shelter, safety, nourishment, acceptance and friendship. How, our church and its worship, can you become more welcoming and more hospitable to those who are outside our building walls or are friendless?
In response to Paul’s vision, he and his companions go to Macedonia, where they preach to a group of women in Philippi. Lydia, from Thyatira (thus, a foreigner) is one of those who receive the Gospel message, and she immediately offers hospitality to Paul and his friends.
Jesus promises the gift of the Holy Spirit – God making God’s home within those who love God.
Loving God, we can only imagine the scene painted for us in Revelation in which we are given a glimpse of eternity. The light of your love pours over all the land, bathing it in healing warmth and hope. We have gathered this day to celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ. He said to the disciples “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not be afraid”. How many times we are troubled and fearful.
We feel hopeless in the face of an uncertain future. Help us to place our trust in your love. Open our hearts to see the wonder of your eternity. Release us from our anger, loneliness, and despair. Bring us to the realization that in your love we may find peace and joy. For it is in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we offer this prayer. Amen.
9:00am Worship on the Patio
Music: Chancel Choir & Fusion
Ushers: Steven Flint, Pat Price, Al Reiman, Mike Thorpe,
Summer Fun for YOU!
Socializing….relaxing…eating…Do these appeal to you?
All you need to do is sign up for these
auction events which are happening in the next month. Contact Denise Karhoff King at 630-379-6616,
Susan Friend at 630-309-0408, or the hosts of either event.
Lohman’s Grill Fest on Sunday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. Steak or pork roast dinner with all the trimmings, along with appetizers and beverages. Fee: $62.92
Friend and Moldenhauer’s Luau on Saturday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. Kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, mahi mahi, and lots of side dishes and tasty desserts and beverages. Fee: $28