Welcome Romans 15:7

by Robert Brow  (www,brow.on.ca)

Rather than a sermon this week, here are ten suggestions for being a welcoming congregation
(taken from The Georgian, 1.1 Pentecost 2000, Kingston, Ontario (Bulletin of St. George's Anglican Cathedral) :

1 Speak to people - There is nothing so nice as a cheerful word of greeting

2 Smile at people - It takes 72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile

3 Call people by name - The sweetest music to anyone's ears is the sound of his/her name

4 Be friendly and helpful - If you want friends, first be a friend

5 Be cordial - Speak and act as if everything you do is a genuine pleasure

6 Be genuinely interested in people - You can like almost everybody if you try

7 Be generous with praise - And very cautious with criticism

8 Be considerate with the feelings of others - There are usually three sides to any controversy, yours, the other person's, and the truth.

9 Be alert to give service. - What counts most in life is what we do for others

10 Add to this - A good sense of humour, a big dose of patience and a dash of humility, and you will be rewarded many fold