This last Lord’s Day we worshiped at
So how do people feel when they attend
If I could speak ex cathedra, with binding authority, I would say, “Go out of your way every Lord’s Day to meet someone you don’t know, greet someone who looks new, make people feel welcomed, like they belong, let them know you are glad they are here!”
Here are some things to say to someone sitting down, looking a little out of place….
“I am so and so, what’s your name?”
“We are glad you are here today.”
“Do you have any questions or anything I could help you with?”
“We have lunch together after morning service, we would be honored if you joined us.”
“Have you met our pastors?” Then take them to one of the elders and introduce them!
If you are talking to one of your brothers or sisters, and you see out the corner of your eye someone new walking away, break off the conversation and talk to the new person! If the old person gets offended, they will get over it, and should get a clue that they should talk to new people too!
We should do to others as we would have them do to us. “That’s not my personality” is a poor excuse for non-Christian behavior.
Grace ought to be a place where people feel warmly accepted and like they belong.