“I’ve learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Maya Angelou
Every Sunday morning, God gives us the opportunity to extend hospitality to the guests He sends our way. Do we go the extra mile to make them feel welcomed and cared for? Do we anticipate their needs to create a space that is inviting to them — even if that means we sit a little closer to the front and towards the middle so if guests arrive a little late, they can easily and comfortably find a seat? In a nutshell, do we think about our guest’s feelings before our own? The thing is, true hospitality doesn’t have anything to do with how you feel — but has everything to do with how your guests feel!
I saw this level of hospitality in action on Easter Sunday in The Gathering and it was awesome. In anticipation of an overcapacity situation in Wesley Hall, over seventy people went upstairs to Room 350 to see the service live streamed and enjoy “consolation kolaches” (a Gathering mainstay, though on Easter, kolaches were only served upstairs). As it turns out, Wesley Hall was indeed full and the generosity of spirit displayed by the people who went to Room 350 most certainly had a positive impact on the way we made visitors feel about their experience at FUMCFW that day.
So this Sunday, I challenge you to try the “three-minute rule” — for the first three minutes you’re here, make it a point to find someone you don’t know, introduce yourself and strike up a conversation. One of two things will happen: either you’ll make friends with a member you didn’t know or, you will make a guest feel so warm and wonderful they will come back to FUMCFW, find a spiritual home, and discover the richness of life in Christ. Either way, it’s a win-win!
See you Sunday,
Director of Welcoming Ministries