“’What you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.'”
— Jesus, Luke 14:22-23
Jesus was often criticized by the religious folks around him for welcoming, eating with, befriending, and inviting into God’s family people who were “outside the circle” – sinners, those with disabilities, the vulnerable, people of different nationalities and ethnicities and genders, the non-religious – the least, the last and the lost. What if we began thinking of those words, ‘He eats with tax collectors and sinners!’ less as a complaint and more as a model for us to follow?
One of the hallmarks of Jesus’ character and ministry was that he consistently made room at the table for those who had not previously known they were invited to God’s great banquet of grace, mercy, and love. This year, as we seek to follow Jesus together, we have many opportunities to claim “making room at the table” as a hallmark of Dilworth Church’s character and ministry. Within these pages, you will find numerous opportunities to be involved in “making room” for others, through new worship, theHideout, the Reconciling Group’s efforts, taking the ashes to the street, our racial reconciliation efforts, opening your small group to new people, outreach events, and more. For surely, there is still room for more people in the Dilworth Church family, and Jesus made it clear that he desires that his house will be filled.
Thankful to be part of this beautiful community of faith,