Pastor Puls' Message....A Church For All
Have you noticed some writing in chalk on the doorframes of our sanctuary entrances? During the Children’s Message on Sunday, January 1, I talked with the kids of the church about the Wise Men’s visit to worship the Baby Jesus. They were strangers from a far-away land; but they were welcome in the Lord’s presence. We talked about how our church needs to always be a welcoming, warm, and friendly place, too. Visitors in our church are cherished and loved!
As a reminder for all of us throughout the year, I wrote on the sanctuary doorframes, “2017 C. B. M.” (the initials of the traditional names of the Wise Men: Caspar, Balthazar, Melchior). One of the kids objected strenuously to the chalk markings, saying, “Pastor, I don’t think we should do this. We’re going to get in trouble.”
Well, the chalk marks will wipe off easily. But let’s all keep in mind how first impressions don’t disappear quickly. We’re blessed to have many visitors at Hope’s worship services every week. We all need to be very careful to convey welcome and hospitality to each newcomer that enters our doors. They may not be bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh! But every visitor is coming to worship Jesus, and needs to be welcomed with Christ’s love and care.
In my January 1 Children’s Message, I encouraged the kids to ask permission to chalk the doors of their homes. I sent them home with the following prayer card. Consider using this in your home, too!
Christ’s blessings to all who enter the doors at Hope!
Pastor Wayne Puls