I have spent a lot of time reading and processing on the theme of hospitality recently for a sermon series I am preaching at Andover. The first thing that strikes me is the overwhelming need for it. While I am afraid that I am far from the best example, I do see the need which is step 1 in the process on the road to doing something about it!
Many people in our own places of worship do not regularly see other people and have conversations. Sunday is therefore an important time on many levels for the church. Here is an idea. Rather than rushing in at the last minute and leaving immediately afterward…why not get to your own church a few minutes early and stay after in order to see who is around. The greatest gift you might give someone that day is the gift of your fully attentive presence which includes active listening. And that is a beautiful picture of hospitality.