Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. - Hebrews 13:1-2
For the past four Sundays in worship we have been encountering the wisdom of the Letter to the Hebrews. It has been a journey through our corporate faith history: a history that spans back to the beginning of God’s creation, from Abraham and his posterity, Moses, the prophets, through Jesus—the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, our high priest, king, and the only intermediary we need.
The letter is thought to be the preaching of a second-generation Christian (possibly in Italy), who sees the shaky faith of his community, and seeks to give them words of warning and encouragement. The final words of this letter that we encounter have to do with hospitality. The words are a not-so-veiled reference to the story of Abraham and Sarah receiving the company of God’s angels in Genesis 18.
I love that this passage is spoken in our ears on Sunday, September 1. Just when the church is gearing up to enter a new season of learning and worship, we collectively are invited to think not only about ourselves and our personal faith, but to welcome others into this legacy of grace — where Christ has built for us an unshakeable kingdom.
So how can we accomplish this welcome at Calvary? I’m sure there are a thousand answers to that question, but a few occur to me that fit right in with the priorities we have established in our long-range plan.
Lori A. Cornell