Friday, June 21, 2013

Sacred Scriptures: Entertaining Angels

We will spend one more Sunday focusing our time together in worship on the scriptures that people in our congregation named as sacred to them--verses and stories that have shaped them in their faith, that have stuck with them over time. Because five weeks is not enough time to cover all the stories and passages people named, each day (except Sundays) one passage that was named by some people but that did not make the "Top 5" will be featured here, with an accompanying image and questions for reflection. May this be a chance for you to re-encounter long-known texts and to discover new ones
that are sacred to others and may become sacred to you!

Hebrews 13:1-2

Let mutual love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

  • Consider Genesis 18, the back story for this word of exhortation to the early church.  What do you think compelled Abraham to offer such extravagant welcome?
  • When have you been challenged to show hospitality to strangers?  What sacrifice or trust does this require of you? 
  • Why might hospitality be a crucial practice for those calling themselves Christian?

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