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Sources of Encouragement

Dear Friends,

One of the things that I love about summer worship at St. Andrew's is not being in such a hurry and having a little extra time to hang out in the narthex with folks from our faith community.  Repeatedly, I have been inspired and blessed by those members who seem to be a constant source of welcome, affirmation, and encouragement for others.  Even from a distance I can sense it in their words and posture and actions. Just from observations over these past few weeks, I pass along to you ways that we could all be powerful sources of hospitality, encouragement and grace for one another:
1.  Smile at people when you greet them.  Be at ease and let them feel your welcome. 2. Be generous with praise and cautious with criticism. 3. Be considerate of the feelings and opinions of others.  We can respectfully disagree yet carry out our mission together. 4. Be alert to give your time and talents away in service.  What we do with others and for others can be the means by which we…