There is a field located just outside of Bethlehem. It is known as the Shepherd’s Field. It is more of … Continue reading The Nativity: Shepherds
On my desk there is a stack of invite cards for our upcoming special worship services. The cards are decked out in a beautiful array of seasonal colors with a wreath on one side. The words on the card strike me as a word of welcome. It says, “A place for you this Christmas.”
A place for you this Christmas. I love that phrase. At its core, the card offers a word of invitation and welcome and hospitality that gets to the heart of what it means to share God’s love. In response to our faith and in celebration of the birth of Jesus, we are called to make room for people so they may experience the hope of the Christ child.
It’s easier to say there is “a place for you this Christmas” in our places of worship. It is another thing, and much difficult, to live it out. To live out that there is “a place for you this Christmas” requires reflection upon what it means to welcome people and to understand that it will mean making our welcome more than just words we place on a card or screen. To truly have “a place for you this Christmas” means making a conscious choice to make room in our hearts for all to experience the hope of Christ.
So, what might that look like? Even more, I wonder what groups of people in our community need to know that there is “a place for you this Christmas.” Continue reading “A Place for You this Christmas”
On a bookshelf in my office is a new decorative piece that I received in Jerusalem. It is an olive … Continue reading The Embrace of Jesus
A common tool in group gatherings, whether it is a seminar or some other type of discussion, is to use … Continue reading Celebrate with the Outsider
We have all seen and enjoyed the classic movie “Forrest Gump.” It is the classic movie of a young man … Continue reading Sunday’s Sermon: Welcome the Outsider