Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me.
Matt 10:40 (Message)
Help us Father God to welcome all we meet because by welcoming them we are also welcoming God in Christ.
Our thanks to Ron Vaughan for leading worship this morning
After service tea hosts Val and Barb
Organist: Lydia Edwards
Sunday 9th July
11.00am Rev Richard Sharples (Communion)
Vestry Steward – Ian
Door Steward – Chris
Tea Hosts – Chris and Joan
Mon 3rd Festival Praise at Llangollen 7.00pm
Fri 7th Friday Lunch Club 12 noon in the hall £3
Sat 8th Strawberry Tea at Brymbo 2.00pm
Wed 12th Midweek Communion at Regent Street, 11.15am
Sat 15th Strawberry Fair at Rhosddu 2.00pm
Mon 17th Circuit Meeting at Rhosymedre 7.30pm
Please pray for the following:
Keith and Myra Baugh
All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.
One midnight when Rabbi Moshe Leib was absorbed in the mystic teachings, he heard a knock at his window. A drunken peasant stood outside and asked to be let in and given a bed for the night. For a moment the zaddik’s heart was full of anger and he said to himself: “How can a drunk have the insolence to ask to be let in, and what business has he in this house!” But then he said silently in his heart: “And what business has he in God’s world? But if God gets along with him, can I reject him?” He opened the door at once, and prepared a bed.
Sit Up Straighter
Mat 10:40 – Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
Doesn’t that make you sit up a little straighter? When you are welcomed into someone else’s presence, they are also welcoming Christ.
One could say that this is an extension of us bearing the Image of God. One could also say that this is an extension of our priesthood (of all believers), wherein we are given the gift of representing Christ to the world.
And one could say that because in Pauline Theology that we are in Christ, and in Johannine Theology that Christ abides in us, our mystical union with Christ puts his Life coursing through our veins. So where we are, so is Christ.
So, please do sit up a little straighter!
But, this also cuts in the other direction. With these words Jesus is speaking to us…but he is also speaking to those who are sent to us. When we welcome them, we welcome Christ.
In Matthew 25 we often get caught up in the moments when Jesus is hungry, and thirsty, and naked – and we feed, offer drink, and clothe him. But, there is also:
When I was a stranger you welcomed me. Mat 25:35
Hospitality is a basic Christian practice. We welcome others into our homes, around our tables, and into our lives. It’s an extension of loving our neighbour. And, because by welcoming them we are also welcoming God in Christ, it is also an extension of loving God with our hearts, souls, and lives.
It’s one of those things that we ought to go out of our way to do.
And not just with the strangers who show up on our door. It’s sometimes easier to extend hospitality to someone we’ve never met before, or someone we just barely know…but at the same time forget those who are always around us.
I am guilty of this. I will overextend myself meeting the needs of others, at any time of the night or day…and then neglect to extend myself to my wife or children. I’ll come home so zapped, that I’ve left nothing to give to them.
This is not good, for they bear the Divine Image too. Taking their love and attention for granted is just as much an affront to hospitality as slamming the front door on a complete stranger.
Our task is to consciously attend to the Christ in everyone. Christ in the stranger. Christ in the enemy. Christ in the friend. Christ in the spouse. Christ in our sibling. Christ in the politician who makes our blood boil. Christ in the one who believes differently than I do.
Christ in everyone.
For when we can regard everyone as Christ…then, just maybe…they will see the Christ who is in us. And, who makes us sit up a little straighter.
Rev Rick Morley, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA