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June 26, 2020

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” Matthew 10:40

Jesus’ invitation to discipleship in chapters nine and ten of Matthew’s Gospel has not been sugarcoated. Following Jesus is hard work and could lead to suffering for those who answer his call. So why take up the cross and follow? This Sunday’s reading gets at the point: How else will people come to know Jesus? When the disciples do find a welcome, those they meet welcome Jesus himself.

There are dependable places to find Jesus. He is in Word and water, wheat and wine (whew!). His cross is marked upon our lives. He plays throughout creation. And he is to be found in other people. We go to others with the gospel so that they can meet Christ. We receive others with wide welcome so that we can meet Christ.

During the pandemic, our church building has been mostly closed. For the Holy Communion services we’ve offered throughout June, people have needed to sign up ahead of time. Seating is limited! This has been necessary, but the church must still live with open-door theology. All y’all are welcome, because you all bring Jesus. People of all races and genders, orientations and identities, socioeconomic statuses and political affiliations are welcome. Gathered together, Jesus shows himself to us.

Open the doors and set the feast.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Gracious God, thank for welcoming us into life through the death of Christ. Raised up in him, guide us to open the doors to the Kingdom for all who would come to know you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Carved Velkommen (Norwegian for “Welcome”) sign that hangs in our kitchen. In was handmade for us by an artisan in Door County, WI, shortly after we were married.

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