Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Rom 15:7 ESV
Hospitality should be valued as an expression of kindness, neighborliness and a response to a life centered on Christ. It addresses the physical needs for food, shelter and protection, and also recognition of people’s worth. Hospitality almost always involves shared meals as an important way of acknowledging the equal value and worth of people.
Churches, like families, need to eat together to sustain their identity as a community. The table is central to the practice of hospitality in the home and the church. We are nourished there physically, spiritually and socially. Whether we gather around the communion table or for a church potluck, we are strengthened as community. It gives us the opportunity to establish new relationships and sustain existing ones.