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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - April 23, 2018

A few weeks ago I was at a church conference at Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise. Brian McLaren was the keynote speaker. He said a lot of good things, but the one that keeps resonating was "If everyone comes to church expecting to be welcomed, everyone will be disappointed. But if everyone comes to church expecting to welcome someone, everyone will feel welcomed."

His statement felt very poignant for me. Hospitality and welcome is something that's been on my mind a lot in the last few months and has been a part of our discussions on the Igniting ministry team. How do we get people to church? And then once they're here, how do we help them feel welcome? All too often in our churches, we fall into a routine of what's comfortable and we forget that we should come to church not just to get something, but ready to work---to notice people, to welcome them, to reach out to those who may be having a tough time.

Brian's quote reminds me of our need to have clear expectations. If we come expecting to be welcomed, then we may very well be disappointed. But, if, instead, we come expecting to help others feel welcome, then it's likely they will feel welcome (and we won't be disappointed because we aren't expecting to receive something we may not receive).

How might you change your expectations for Sunday morning? Are you willing to take on the "job" of being an official "welcomer"?

 

Peace and grace,
Pastor Debbie

 

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