As we continue to pray and seek the Lord in how we, as individual followers of Jesus, can live in love and unity among believers, I want to share a few more thoughts based on what some of you have shared with me.
The number one discussion I have heard from Sunday revolves around the couple who came and was not spoken to at Fellowship and won’t be returning. Those who have talked to me have been heartbroken to know that anyone has walked through our doors and not felt welcomed and loved; trust me, I share those sentiments. I have had a few questions of how it could happen and if the couple tried to meet or speak to anyone. I believe this is a valid question but not something we can do anything about, nor should this let us off the hook. All we can do is see what the Lord desires for us to learn from it.
I believe there are two components to living out love and unity at Fellowship – welcoming and knowing. We want to welcome everyone that comes through the doors with a “good morning,” “welcome to Fellowship,” or some acknowledgement that we see you and are glad you are here. This would have meant the world to the couple that visited but was not spoken to. However, it goes deeper. What about when you have been greeted well on a Sunday, but never had anyone intentionally try to know you beyond the greeting? I imagine this happens more than we believe (as I have had conversations to that end). We need to address both, so here is what I suggest.
Let’s add people with the gift of hospitality to our greeting team and usher team. Currently we have around 15 wonderful, outgoing servants trying to greet 700-800 people. We can greet all 700-800 if we have more people willing and able to join them! Also, during second hour we are in desperate need of men who can serve as ushers (greeting, helping people find seats, and taking up the offering). Both of the roles can be as frequent as your schedule allows, and we will have someone show you the ropes. E-mail Shane if you would like more information on either of these crucial roles on Sunday morning.
All of us who call Fellowship our Family take some role in knowing the Family. I am not asking anyone to be who they are not – we want to see the people of God living out their calling for His cause! Whether you are introverted or extraverted, I believe we all can serve in helping others feel known. We can all be part of welcoming and knowing the Fellowship Family!
Sunday night I heard how one woman went up to another before service and said, “I want to know your name” and introduced herself. The woman who had been asked told me the story. She and her husband have been at Fellowship for many years and that meant a lot to her. She now has a desire to do the same.
Other ways of doing this are looking around you Sunday morning and anyone who is alone or if a couple is sitting alone – join them or at least tap them on the shoulder and tell them “good morning, glad you are here.” Who knows, God may use such a small gesture to make an eternal difference. There are many reasons/excuses not to do anything, but remembering the passages we read Sunday (John 13:34-35 & John 17:20-21) there is an “if” you love one another speaking of all people knowing you belong to Him. What’s at stake? The world understanding the Father has sent the Son validating the Gospel message we are sharing by the lives we are living in unity among believers. Let us allow this to be why we DO whatever God calls us to in these areas.
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Very thankful for the Fellowship Family and your hearts to be all God has called you to be!