Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.
During my childhood, our family moved six times in twelve years due to my father’s professional transfers. There was always the anxiety of seeing all of our belongings packed into a moving van , of living in a different state and going to a new school. However, there was a constant in our lives as shortly after we settled in, my parents sought out a nearby Presbyterian church. There were welcoming faces wherever we attended and soon my mother was singing in the choir, my father was on the Session, and we were in Sunday school making friends. Joining into a family of faith eased our transition in each community. I am thankful for the outreach and hospitality shown to us by those congregations in seemingly small gestures.
I have been a member of PCB for thirty years and recently began serving as a Deacon for Parish 5. All of us at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington are part of the welcoming committee and we are reminded that just as others welcomed Jesus into their homes with open arms, we should do the same. There are many opportunities to greet, to usher, or to serve Sunday coffee. Enjoy a social event, a concert or group study with old friends and meet some new ones. Let us all join together in joyful hospitality and fellowship this spring.