December 20, 2018
at St Aidan’s
830 am – Morning Prayer
3 pm – Podcast Recording at Crossings
700 pm – Choir Practice
Advent Act of Kindness
Welcome the Stranger.
Chances are, if you are living in Canada, you encounter people regularly who have immigrated to our country. Many of those who have come here are searching for freedom, peace and a future for their children. It is difficult for most of us to comprehend just how hard it must be to leave your family, friends and way of life to travel a world away to a place where we cannot speak the language, do not understand the customs, have no credentials for work, to become a foreigner. That’s what many,
who have come to Canada are facing, especially refugees. It is our duty to
welcome the stranger. Welcoming the stranger is not an obscure message in the Bible; it’s a core value.
Just a quick review of some scripture on this question:
Deuteronomy 10:19 —
You shall also love the stranger,
for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 19:34 —
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien
as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am your God.
Hebrews 13:1 —
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some
entertained angels without knowing it.
Colossians 3:11 —
In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian,
Scythian, slave and free;
but Christ is all and in all.
Matthew 25:35 —
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and
you welcomed me.