Rethink hospitality

By Nate Crary, Director of Worship and Music

Every Sunday, you have the opportunity to turn to your fellow saints in the pew and welcome them to this place—Christ the King Lutheran Church—as we gather together around the Lord’s Table and worship the one God who was here long before any of us came into being. Worship on Sunday mornings is a sacred space where you can connect with God and connect with your fellow sinners in the pew, as we own up to our shortcomings and learn to lean on each other and depend on God’s grace when we are sent out into the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard and to those who need reminding.

All who gather belong to God, belong to each other, and belong to this church. And what is required of you goes well beyond choosing to participate only in things you agree with or prefer or find familiar and comfortable.

Paul writes to the Romans: “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord...Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” If you’re reading this right now, I encourage you to see Paul’s words as an invitation to us, today, with instructions that offer both challenge to our mundane routines and freedom for how to be in community with one another.

Preparing your sacred space every week takes a lot of work.
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As we adjust our worship times this fall and live more fully into the mission God is calling us to as a faith community, we need your help contributing to the needs of the saints and extending hospitality to strangers.

Just this last month, a newly formed team of worship volunteer coordinators met at CtK to discuss the strengths and the opportunities within our current Sunday morning volunteer ministry.

To name it plainly: we need more of you to step up and help out more frequently and consistently.

On Sundays during August and September, you will be asked to serve on a worship volunteer team consisting of ushers, communion servers, greeters, coffee brewers, nursery leaders, Sunday School teachers, video recorders, and worship coordinators (to name a few).

You will be asked to serve in your role on a no-more-than monthly basis for the remainder of our program year, until summer. At that time, we will have a party to celebrate all that God has done through our service. We will gather your feedback and suggestions and give you the opportunity to “re-up” for another year.

This is not something to prayerfully consider.

This is something you are called to do.

Answer the call.