A Welcoming Church

From the Parish PriestFr. Romey Rosco

As children of God, we know that His house is our home, too.  And so, we should make one another feel welcome as we come to worship the Lord.  God welcomes us with love and He wants us to welcome one another with that same love.

Be willing to share space in the pews.  If you’re early (or on time), why not sit towards the middle of the pew, rather than on the end and grumbling about “these latecomers” when someone has to pass in front of you to get to an empty space.  Or look for a stranger who is sitting alone and take the space next to them.  No need for conversation; just share this time of worship as God’s children.

Make a quiet impression.  A friendly smile and quick “hello!” to a friend or a “welcome!” to a stranger can make anyone feel at home.  But a glaring or critical look is always uncalled for.

Sing the Lord’s praises and pray the prayers.  The Divine Liturgy is a community celebration — not a stage play with music.  We are not a group of spectators, but a family of worshippers.  The quality of your voice is not important.  God loves to be praised; He truly deserves it from you and me and everyone else!  Set the example.

Make use of the coffee hour or church dinner by building connections with one another.  After the Liturgy is over, introduce yourself to strangers and offer to answer any questions the newcomers may have.

Being kind and loving Christians is a great witness to a vibrant and welcoming church!

From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XLII No. 36, 30 August 2015

Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI

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