Greet them, see them, welcome them and involve them
Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
This parable always comes to mind around this time of the year. The last couple of weeks I have spread lots of information about our Holy Communion Services in the Cathedral. I have visited and e-mailed all the different International Coordinators at the University. I have stood in front of all 1800 International Students at the General Information meeting. I have guided 250 Students through the Cathedral telling them about the Service at 5 pm. Paula, Abi and Martina did a really excellent job helping me reach out to students at the Lund Information. And finally tomorrow, me and my colleagues will greet 600 students to the Cathedral during the University Treasure hunt. I really believe that every single International Student who has come to Lund this term has been reached with our information. So the seed have been sowed. Now all we can do is to wait – or not really. I know from experience that some students won’t be interested at all, others might seek out other churches, but over the next couple of weeks quite a few will come to our services to check them out. And here comes the most important part. They will all be looking for a spiritual home and a community to belong to during their stay here in Lund. If we, as a congregation can make them feel welcome, chances are that they will stay with us. So let’s do our very best to welcome them! Greet them, see them, welcome them and involve them. It is good for us and really important for them!