This morning’s stories from scripture are all about choosing to do what is ‘necessary’ and what is ‘right’. In the Genesis reading, Abraham and Sarah choose to offer a ministry of hospitality to strangers out of what they have and what they are. In the Luke reading, Mary and Martha choose to respond to Jesus’ arrival at their home in the own unique and individual ways. In both stories, lives are radically changed as a result of risking that hospitality.
Like our faith ancestors in these stories, we, here at Knox choose to risk offering various ministries of hospitality that feel necessary and right. I’m thinking, in particular, of our Wednesday lunch, our Tea Time Talk with Seniors, and our annual Advent Kick Off event.
In all three of these programs, we choose to work together to do what is necessary and what is right.
In all three of these situations, we choose to engage in the stewardship of hospitality. In so doing, we are blessed to find ourselves, like Abraham and Sarah ‘entertaining angels without knowing it’ (Hebrews 13: 2).
But then, we also have the cautionary note from today’s story from Luke’s gospel to remind us that none of us is immune from over-doing as in the case of Martha.
In fact, all of us are strongly encouraged to make space in our busy lives to just sit and listen at Jesus’ feet as Martha’s sister, Mary models for us in the very same story.
Another ministry of hospitality we offer here at Knox is our weekly worship service where, many of us, like Martha’s sister Mary turn to worship to be nourished, not by food but by prayer, through scripture, and music.
With all of that in mind and in keeping with this morning being our celebration of Stewardship Sunday, three members of our church family have offered to chat with us a bit about what choices they have made to share their time, talents, and treasures here at Knox and how they have come to make those choices.