A mother invited some people to dinner and at the table, she turned to her six year old son and said, “Would you like to say the prayer?”  The little boy said, “I wouldn’t know what to say.”  “Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the mother answered.  The little boy bowed his head and with sincerity in his voice said, “Dear God, why in the world did we invite all these people to dinner?” 

Have you ever felt that way?  I am sure many of us have at one time or another.  We plan to have people over to our homes and then we ask ourselves, why are we doing this?  We do it because God’s Word tells us to be hospitable.  In 1 Peter 1:4, we read, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” Romans 12:13 says we are to “Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.”  We are to welcome people into our homes, to make them feel comfortable.  When we are hospitable, it helps to develop community.  Our hospitality is often the way that people get to experience God’s love.   

We have designed this page to help you be more hospitable.  We have compiled some recipes that are easy for small and large groups.  You don’t have to have everything perfect to invite someone over.  Plan meals that are simple and quick.  Make your guests feel welcomed!  A meal around the table is a great way to get to know others better!  Be hospitable!

A Few MRCC Members' Thoughts on Hospitality

Web-based Hospitality Resources 

Hospitality for Introverts article

Kicking Hospitality Out of the Kitchen article

Hospitality for the Domestically Challenged article 

Pinterest Easy Hospitality tips

Simple Hospitality Tips article

Loving Strangers article 

Books on Christian Hospitality

Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others  
by Pat Ennis

Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life
by Douglas Webster

A Life that Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others  
by Karen Ehman

The Reluctant Entertainer: Every Woman's Guide to Simple Hospitality
by Sandy Coughlin

The Welcoming Congregation:  Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality 
Henry Brinton