Dear Members and Friends of KCC,
This past Sunday morning the sun lit up the old stained glass windows and the chancel. The blue Advent banners were in place. Fresh flowers were there and the doors stood open waiting for you.
Hospitality is a wonderful gift. St. Paul refers to it as one of the great spiritual gifts along with prayer, administration, healing, teaching and others. Every Sunday it takes many people to be ready for those who arrive at 10:30 for worship. The Sunday 'hospitality team' -- those doing music, ushers, printed bulletins, flowers, a vacuumed carpet -- the list is long! Everyone has a part in this sacred choreography. It is a gift we give each other every week.
If we are invited into someone's home for a party, we rarely know what it took to get everything ready, but we do know the work behind the scenes is significant. I am honored to be invited to your party; to be one who receives your gift of hospitality.
The primary reason we provide hospitality on Sunday mornings is rooted in the Gospel itself. The story of Jesus' life and work and the wider story of God's hospitality in all of the Bible and Church history, is the account of the loving hospitality extended to all God's children.
Advent is like the hours of preparation we put into a worship service at 10:30 every Sunday. Christmas is when the doors open, and all is ready for the Savior to be born, once again, in us.
Bless you all.