“Oh Jesus, Is It You, Again?” – On Holy Hospitality

All are welcome. Masks required.
We can never be certain who might knock at our door, seeking shelter or comfort or simple acceptance. At one monastery, committed to welcoming the stranger, the Abbot was known to see a prodigal coming up the road and mutter, “Oh Jesus, is it you, again?” Despite his weariness, the response captures the essence of holy hospitality, a practice of welcoming all travelers who cross our threshold seeking beloved community and treating them as sacred and worthy. Curiously, the Greek word, “xenos,” means both guest and host, stranger and friend. A colleague describes hospitality as “our most basic religious need to know and be known.” How might we, at Beacon, embody this duality of relationship as those who begin as “other” become “us” in an ever-widening circle of love and trust? Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, preaching. Worship Associate Lise Breakey will offer an original poem, and the choir will sing, “I Need You to Survive,” under the direction of Jason Drahos.
Come to the Post-Service Gatherings at 11 am to connect, share joys and sorrows, and reflect on the service. These will be held in person, in the backyard of the church so that we may remove our masks.