“All who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ for he himself will say ‘I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.’” – St. Benedict
Hospitality says you are welcome here no matter what. We'd like to think that everyone who enters Gloria Dei feels that sense of welcome. Inclusive not exclusive. Hospitality means reaching out to others beyond our Sunday Fellowship. The kind of hospitality that is always thinking of our neighbor. The kind of love that directly points to the love of Christ. First Corinthians tells us that if our actions aren’t accompanied by love they are useless and worthless. The world is waiting to know that love through us.
Before and after services on Sunday, we at Gloria Dei pride ourselves on providing something to drink, something to eat, and good conversation for those visiting. The word may be quaint and old-fashioned – hospitality – but the thought behind it is not. It’s a sign of our welcome to all who come here. It’s a sign of our community as “followers of the way,” as the earliest Christians called themselves.