Several years ago, I belonged to a missional community downtown. One night during our weekly gathering, we were talking about the need to be intentional with our time, to make space for spending time with other people. My friend Amanda expressed something about myself that, to me, was a startling revelation.

“I know most of us go to work, and then we come home and eat dinner with our family, for those that are married or have kids, and maybe watch Netflix or do household related duties, and then we go to bed. And we repeat this most weeknights.” She paused and looked at me. “Maggie, you’re a big exception to that.”

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Hospitality like Jesus

I’ve been sitting with the elders and the deacon candidates in many meetings, of late, and it occurs to me that every point of service to which the new deacons apply themselves is, ultimately, about love in action.  While leaning into God in their decision-making process, our elders have discovered and asserted areas of great and specific need and have assigned workers to address those needs.  In 1 John 3:18; we are called to take action where our love of Jesus, His Father and our church body are concerned.  And, if we are functioning properly as a ministry team, our individual areas of service will show the love we claim to have for our church body, for our visitors and, ultimately, for Jesus.

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