We practise hospitality and generosity
We open ourselves to other people, making space for them in our homes, lives, priorities, and hearts.
Hospitality is an attitude of openness to others, to learn about them and from them, to widen our understanding and perhaps to be changed by the encounter. It’s not always us being hospitable to someone else - it’s a blessing to receive it, too.
The classic Bible story about hospitality is that of Abraham welcoming three strangers. Abraham makes them comfortable and gives them food, but the three travellers also bring something. What they bring changes Sarah and Abraham’s lives forever (Genesis 18).
Generosity is also a basic Christian practice. As we have freely received, so we are to give freely. Principally we give because of God’s inexpressible gift in Jesus (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Our generosity will include what we give in the collection plate or by standing order to the church, and to appeals of All We Can, Action for Children, MHA and other charities. It also goes beyond these in our use of time, talents and attention.