And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’ (Matt 25:40).
One of our convictions as Christians is that God is, in his nature, hospitable. In creation, God invites us into a world that he has made. It’s all his. Even in giving to him, all we can say is “all things come from you, O Lord, and from your own have we given you” (1 Chron 29:14). In redemption, God invites us into his family, into the Divine life. (“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son… so that we might receive adoption as sons,” Gal 4:4-5).
Because God is hospitable, we also should be hospitable.
In that spirit, the people of Christ the Redeemer offer several expressions of community-based, laity-driven hospitality. Among them, a free lunch after the 11 o’clock service (though donations are accepted). This lunch is set up, cooked, served, and cleaned up all by volunteers.
The community also organizes meals to be delivered. Volunteers cook and (sometimes the same, sometimes different) volunteers deliver the meals, with minimal fuss, as an expression of love to those who are sick, had a new baby, etc.
These are great ways to get involved in the community!