Third Sunday after Pentecost “Christian Mandate: Philoxenia”
Welcome and Call to worship
- “Father, We Love You”
- “Love Divine All Loves Excelling”
Prayers of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: “Trust and Obey”
- Leviticus 19:33-37
- Luke 10:1-9
Sermon: “Christian Mandate: Philoxenia”
Hymn: “Teach me, God, to Wonder”
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “Praise our Maker, Peoples of One Family”
- “May the God of Hope”
Christian mandate: Philoxenia
How should we treat strangers?
I the Bible we see the biblical concept of Philoxenia.
Philoxenia is a Greek word which means "love for strangers". This word sums up our mandate as Christians – and how we should treat other people.
In Luke 10:1-9, Jesus commissions seventy people. In this text we are confronted with the issue of hospitality to strangers.
Also, in the book of Leviticus, we hear about how the Hebrew people were commanded to not mistreat or oppress strangers or traveling foreigners, because themselves were strangers and resident aliens in the land of Egypt.
In a way, Jesus and the book of Leviticus are saying: treat these people right, because you know what it is like to be a stranger in a strange place.
Beloved in Christ, hospitality is not a church program. It is a responsibility toward others.
So let us work hard, with God’s help to move beyond Xenophobia, a fear of strangers to Philoxenia, a love for strangers. In this country, we have done this, and I pray we will continue to do so, welcoming those who often find themselves unwelcomed and loving those who find themselves unloved in their countries. Amen.
The Session of St. Paul’s Winchester has decided at their Session meeting of May 20 to keep the church building closed for worship during June and July. The decision is made for the safety of the congregation and all of our families and friends. Joint Worship Services with St. Paul’s, Kemptville and Knox, Mountain will be available online every Sunday morning during the church closure at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StPaulsPresbyterianChurchKemptville
The Presbytery of Seaway and Glengarry will meet on June 15 at 9:30 am. via Zoom. All are welcome.
The Synod of Quebec and Eastern Ontario of the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be holding a virtual conference about “Climate Change: what can I do?” in October 14 to 16th, 2021. The guest speaker is Dr. Norman Wirzba, of Duke University.
The event is open to the public. The Synod will donate all registration fees to PWS&D's environmental and climate change programs - a double bonus for us as we can learn more about our environmental stewardship while the Synod donates to PWS&D. for more details and registration, please visit: CLIMATE CHANGE - WHAT CAN I DO? Registration, Thu, 14 Oct 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite
To watch the Synod Conference promotional video please go to: Norman Wirzba on Climate Change on Vimeo