Thursday, 26 August 2010

Normal (ish) service will now be resumed...

So the readings for Sunday August 29th are:
Jeremiah 2:4-13
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

And the theme seems to be 'welcome'.
Jesus (it seems) wants to be a bit more radical than simply saying 'be nice to people'. So our sense of hospitality, as a church needs to go beyond just how to be smiley and welcoming. As I've spent quite a bit of the summer as a welcomee, rather than a welcomer, I hope I can say something about what it means to be made welcome.
The main service will be for all 4 churches here, so maybe the sense of radical hospitality also needs to embrace a new enthusiasm for working more closer together and seeking new ecumenical links.

I also have Cranmer's 'prayer of humble access' running through my head "we are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, but it is your nature (or even 'property') always to have mercy, and on that we depend...".
God models for us the grace to embrace others fully in welcome... cor!

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