You are the Good Shepherd. You are kind. You welcome those who seek you, with kindness and gentleness that wins souls.
You welcomed conversation with the Samaritan woman.
You welcomed the lame, the blind, the broken.
You were a friend of sinners that the religious people rejected.
You displayed the greatest love of all, that you laid down your life for your friends
As people come to my church, help me to be kind to them.
Help me to give them a welcome that is worthy of your Name.
Help me to display kindness in a way that will prepare the way for them to hear God’s word proclaimed in our church gathering.
Help me to set aside my preoccupations and worries and focus on them, so that my reward may be great.
Allow kindness to show forth in me, blocking all negative judgment because of what a guest wears, apparent social status, or ethnic background.
Allow kindness to show forth in as I greet each and every person who walks in the door of my church.
Allow kindness to help me see an unspoken need and meet it today.
Let my ways as a church greeter be pleasing in your sight.
May the kindness I share help a person calm down from a stressful morning, a nervous first-time visitor to feel safe, and share a tangible expression of Your love for someone who needs it today.
May the kindness I show help everyone who enters today be at peace.
I clothe myself in kindness today, as chosen child of God.
I want to see each person who enters our church through the filter of kindness.
I will not dishonor a guest by ignoring them. I will not be angry at a guest for wearing inappropriate clothing.
I will not judge the length of hair or the placement of piercings. I will protect their integrity and show them hope. I will not judge them by the color of their skin.
As I walk in kindness today, I will bless each guest and member who walks into our church. I want to help them to experience your presence.
In Your Name,
Scriptures used for This Greeter Prayer:
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
All Scriptures from the NIV.
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