Ministers of Hospitality

"Whoever receives you, receives me, and whoever receives me receives the One who sent me" (Matthew 10:40)

Ministers of Hospitality

 

The Minister of Hospitality is a person chosen to reflect the warmth and welcome of Christ himself. Always conscious of Christ’s words, "For I was . . . a stranger and you welcomed me," (Matthew 25:35), these people serve not only as a Minister of Hospitality, but also as a Liturgical Minister and a Minister of Evangelism.

The hospitality role is to offer a friendly, welcoming presence to those coming to worship; to provide leadership during emergencies; and to perform such tasks as taking up the collection, presenting the gifts, assisting parishioners during Communion, disseminating the church bulletin and participating in cleaning the church after completion of the Mass.

  1.  As Ministers of Hospitality

Ushers are usually the first official representative of the church that people meet when they arrive. The Ushers' dress, attitude, words, demeanor, and body language all speak a message to the worshippers. As God's servants to His people, Ushers should take care that nothing interferes with the awesome character of this encounter between God and His people at this time and place.

  1. As Liturgical Ministers

Ushers are leaders. As such they reflect the devotion, reverence, and joy of encountering God in our worship services. Ushers should not be physically or emotionally absent from worship. They must be mindful that they are there to assist those who are preparing to worship God by creating a quiet and reverent atmosphere within the church.

  1.  As Ministers of Evangelism

There are some who may be wary of coming to a church and it would take very little to make their first visit their last. If they feel genuinely welcomed and helped by the Ushers, then the Ushers have assisted in bringing the Gospel to these people.


We need reliable, conscientious, energetic, caring, and dedicated people to become Ministers of Hospitality. Anyone who is a "people person" may fins this a perfect fit! If you would like to become a minister of hospitality, please contact the Parish Office at 203-924-8611.

 

 Prayer

Lord, in your love you gather your people this day, help me to serve them in a Christ-like manner, even as your Son Jesus served those who gathered about Him.  Make me prayerful, patient, helpful, and understanding, and may I radiate the joy that faith brings as I serve their needs.  Give me your strength to support my fellow ministers. May all who assemble to celebrate our common faith in the Risen Savior be glad of heart for being here and for having encountered your Son in one another, in our priest, at the tables of the book and the bread, and through the ministry of ushers like me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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