Build-Your-Own Worship Service (or Series) on Hospitality
As a faith practice, hospitality is the act of making space for guests, visitors, or strangers, and extending to them the privileges of family. In these resources we’ll explore biblical hospitality and focus on how we can share food, shelter, and protection.
Make room. View the video version of Carrie Newcomer’s songRoom at the Table. What are some ways that you make room for everyone at your church? At your home? At your school? How might you do better at that?
Take Ten. During his acceptance speech at the 1997 Emmy Awards, Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) invited everyone to “take . . . ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life.” Set a timer and invite everyone to take ten seconds (or longer!) to think of a time they felt welcomed, included and cared for by someone they didn’t know. What was done to make you feel that way? Take ten minutes to share those stories with each other.
Encourage and equip people to continue exploring this faith practice by providing them with a resource to take home. Some ideas:
A hospitality kit (a simple cloth or paper table runner, easy recipes using inexpensive ingredients) and encouragement to extend hospitality over a shared meal in the future.