Saturday Morning, 27 Jul 2019 – 3 John ~ Practice hospitality.

Saturday Morning

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:  (A Collect for Sabbath Rest – Saturday)

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and set aside a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared to meet you in worship, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading: 3 John (NLT)

Greetings

This letter is from John, the elder.

I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.

Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.

Caring for the Lord’s Workers

Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. For they are traveling for the Lord, and they accept nothing from people who are not believers. So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.

I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us. When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he refuse to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church.

Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.

Everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, as does the truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth.

Conclusion

I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to write it with pen and ink. For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.

Peace be with you.

Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there.
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Morning Reflection:

Practice hospitality.

Dear friend, you are being faithful to God
when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through,
even though they are strangers to you.
– 3 John 1:5 –

hospitality – the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.

Early Christian preachers normally received material support from other believers, or they supported themselves. They did not solicit or accept funds from unbelievers. Giving financial and hospitable aid made the believing giver a partner with the receiver in his work.

And so it is today – Christian ministers and missionaries live in the faith that God will encourage his people to provide for their needs. Sometimes that provision is monetary, and sometimes it’s more personal – by extending hospitality (opening your home and heart) to those who are passing through.

Questions for consideration:

  • Some cultures have a tradition of extending hospitality to strangers? Do you live in such a culture? Please explain.
  • While traveling, have you ever been a recipient of hospitality from people you didn’t know? Please explain.
  • Have you ever extended hospitality to believers who were traveling through your community? Please explain.
  • How would you assess the costs and benefits of extending hospitality to strangers? Please explain.
  • Is there anyone who needs your care now, someone who is visiting your church on the way to somewhere else? Look around you on Sunday? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer: A House Blessing (Brigid of Kildare, c. 450-523)

At the Doorway

+ May God give His blessing to the house that is here. God bless this house from roof to floor, from wall to wall, from end to end, from its foundation and its covering.
+ In the strong name of the Triune God all evil be banished, all disturbance cease, captive spirits freed, God’s Spirit alone dwell within these walls.
+ We call upon the Sacred Three to save, shield and surround this house, this home, this day, this night, and every night.

In the Living Room

+ There is a friend’s love in the gentle heart of the Savior. For love of Him we offer friendship and welcome every guest.
+ Lord, kindle in my heart a flame of love to my neighbor, to my enemies, my fiends, my kindred all, from the lowliest thing that lives to the name that is highest of all.
+ We call upon the Sacred Three to save, shield and surround this house, this home, this day, this night, and every night.

In the Kitchen

+ I would welcome the poor and honor them.
+ I would welcome the sick in the presence of angels and ask God to bless and embrace them.
+ Seeing a stranger approach, I would put food in the eating place, music in the listening place, and look for joy in the blessing of God, who often comes to my home in the blessing of a stranger.
+ We call upon the Sacred Three to save, shield and surround this house, this home, this day, this night, and every night.

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“Bless This House” – Tennessee Ernie Ford

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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