Of all the things Jesus teaches in the Gospel, one imperative ranks toward the top, welcoming and engaging the stranger. It's not just Jesus; as the author of the Letter to the Hebrews reminds his community, "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." (13:2).
St. Luke's has a team of parishioners called the Welcoming Engagers, folks who are dedicated to greeting and welcoming newcomers and visitors, as well as coming up with creative ways of showing hospitality to those who are new to St. Luke's.
We now want to expand this ministry to involve more parishioners. The key qualification is being interested in getting to know people you don't already know. It's as simple as that. I am currently working with Ken Deines, the head of the Welcoming Engager team and Carol Hollowed, our Vestry Liaison for fellowship, to extend a formal invitation to interested St. Luke's parishioners to consider joining this ministry. This will take place in the next week or two, so stay tuned for details. --Fr. Abshire