Hospitality - Ways to Practice - Worship

When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the
alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you;
you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt:
I am the Lord your God.

— Leviticus 19:33-34

Gathering Prayer (based on John 15:23)
God is a traveler in search of refuge.
God is a traveler, looking for a burning candle in the window.
So chain up the guard dogs, shut away the fears of invasion.
Sweep the kitchen. Let us put on clean sheets in the inner rooms of our souls.
Have coffee and tea and bread ready.
We are here to welcome God!

We will prepare a fitting welcome for God! May we throw open our doors and our hearts to the Traveler who loves us, and wants to live within us. May we say from the heart, "Come, stay, and make your home here forever."

God, it's not always convenient to invite you in. Will my place be good enough for you? Will I get in trouble with the neighbors for having you here? Will you upset my routine? Will you pitch in and help? Will you overstay your welcome?

It's not always convenient to have you make your home with me, God. But I want the gifts you promise as part of the deal: a heart untroubled, peace like the world cannot give, an end to fear, the energy of your Spirit. So come, God, come to stay. Forgive my mess. Together we can build a worthy home. AMEN

- Lani Wright
Cottage Grove, Oregon

People of the Word
" People of the Word, open up your hearts and welcome in the stranger"
Text and music: Liz Pass

Here in this Place (Gather Us In)
Text and music: Marty Haugen

Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown
Text and music: Charles Wesley

O Let All Who Thirst
" O let all who thirst, let them come to the water..."
Text: Isaiah 55:1-2 and Matt. 11:28-30; John B. Foley, S.J.
Text and music copyright (c) 1978 John B. Foley, S.J., and New Dawn Music

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