“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’
“Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.'” -Matthew 25:34-40
As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe all Christians are called by him to lives of service and ministry. As a congregation in Ballard, we at St. Luke’s are particularly aware of the needs of those on the margins of our society, who struggle for shelter, food, and clothing, particularly those in our own neighborhood.
The ministry of hospitality, of welcoming the stranger and seeking Christ in them, is a central ministry for us at St. Luke’s. All of our ministries of service extend hospitality in their own way.