Faith Church is known by guests and by members as a place where the gift of hospitality is experienced. Every 8 to 12 weeks, I have the honor of sharing a meal with some of our guests at ‘Pizza with the Pastor.’ I get the opportunity to learn more about them and their families, including a little bit about what brought them to Faith. Over and over, individuals share how welcome they have felt here at Faith.
I want to commend you on a job well done and encourage you to keep it up. Almost every Sunday of the year, we have at least one or two guests here. The hospitality and warm welcome you extend really do make a difference.
This Sunday, we will welcome nine confirmands into full membership in the church. Two of them will be baptized and professing their faith in Jesus for the first time. The other seven will be confirming the faith in which their parents pledged to raise them when they were baptized as babies.
Confirmation Sunday is a big day and a milestone for these young people. In front of their faith family, they will claim Jesus as their Savior and pledge to follow him, striving to live like Jesus by loving God and loving neighbor. I hope you will plan to be in worship to witness this milestone and celebrate with these nine families. In addition to our nine confirmands, we will welcome several more families into membership on Sunday as well.
Finally, I would like to introduce you to our Summer Seminary Intern, Jonathan Poarch. Jonathan is a graduate of Nebraska and currently enrolled in seminary at Duke Divinity School (at Duke University in North Carolina).
Jonathan will join our staff on May 29 and will be with us through August 14. While he is here, he will be living in a host home and working full time at the church. I am counting on you to extend Jonathan the same warm welcome you do to our guests. Please introduce yourself to him - and take time to introduce him to others in the church and in the community. I hope you will consider inviting Jonathan to join you and your family or friends for a meal or ice cream during the summer, and help show him around Denton and Corinth.
In Hebrews 13 it says, “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Let’s keep up the good work, blessing others with the gift of hospitality, welcoming each person with love. And who knows - you might in those moments be entertaining an angel of the Lord.