Why? Because they were once in their shoes.
God is encouraging His people to remember what it felt like when they were the stranger. This is a helpful exercise for us as well. Remember the times in your life when you were a stranger. Remember how you were treated by people when you were on the outside looking in. Remember what it felt like to be excluded…or to be included. Remember…
The people of Israel were slaves in the land of Egypt for hundreds of years. God then gave them this command when they were about to enter into their own country. God wanted them to treat the strangers in their land better than how they were treated when they were strangers.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say this 100 more times; Unity is a welcoming church. I am proud of the way this church welcomes new visitors- the strangers- who come for the first time on a Sunday morning. A fun part of my job is thinking of new ways to welcome the visitor. It is close to my heart.
I want to share with you some new initiatives that are now underway:
1. Visitor Parking: You will see new signs on Sunday that indicate where visitors can park. If you invite someone to church, please encourage them to park in these new designated spaces that are close to the church entrance. We want to make a guest’s first time visit as easy as possible. Designated parking spots are one small step in this direction. (Note- Visitor parking is restricted on Sunday mornings only. Feel free to park in these spots the rest of the week).
2. The Inquirer’s Class: Dave Fechtmeister and his team have done a phenomenal job of creating this class. It is informative, helpful, and gives a good overall picture of Unity. This class is occurring on Sunday at 12:15 pm. If you know of someone that is interested in learning more about Unity, please share with them this opportunity.
3. The Denver Citizen: We have begun taking a more active role in advertising in the Denver Citizen. We hope to utilize articles and advertisements to share with this community what an amazing church we have here at Unity.
May we remember the times when we were a stranger so that we are better equipped to welcome the strangers among us.
See you on Sunday!