Last week we discussed hospitality in the church and how we welcome people. We liked the idea mentioned in the book about giving newcomers a loaf of freshly baked bread along with a little note of welcome. Lois has taken this on as a ministry and every Sunday morning before the service starts you will find her popping a loaf into the oven to give a visitor after the service. We have a little note to accompany the bread that says how much we enjoyed breaking bread with them and hope to do so again often!
This week we discussed prayer and how difficult it can be sometimes. We talked about barriers to prayer, such as busy-ness and dryness, or the feeling that God is very remote. We also discussed the idea raised by the author about our concept of God being shaped by people who influenced us (i.e. fathers) when we were growing up. Mostly our individual views of God were not shaped by adults in our lives; moreso by our own experiences.