You need a place where you can rest
Relax and make yourself at home
Come inside and be our guest (There's) no need for you to be alone
We want to make you welcome;
It's time for us to share
In friendly conversation,
Joy and laughter, love and prayer.
Come and stay at our house
And share in what we have
Open home and open heart
The proof of our love is the way we behave
We love to welcome people in
Share our home and share our food
Caring, helping, comforting
By serving them we worship God
We share what we've been given
And our hospitality
Will bring a piece of heaven
To the lives of those we see
Come and stay at our house etc.
If we want to show our worship
To the God who is above
The best way we can do it
Is to demonstrate our love
Never fail to welcome strangers
With godly love and care
That way some have welcomed angels
Not knowing who they really were.
This song is about hospitality. It is a lively, upbeat tune
sung as a finale number by the whole cast and choir. In an earlier
version of the script it was positioned as an invitation to Jesus,
but it became an open invitation to everyone and an expression of
one of the core values demonstrated by the Bethany family - they
were hospitable. And their hospitality became a crucial factor in
the development of the gospel story. Because they were hospitable
Jesus became a frequent visitor and a close friend. Because he
was a close friend, their desperate appeal for him to come and heal
Lazarus brought him back to Jerusalem at that most dangerous and
significant of times.
Hospitality is a key message of this musical. We make the audience
part of the story and the action right from the start of the play.
And we end up sitting and eating together - everyone - cast, choir, musicians, and audience.
Hospitality was a characteristic of the Bethany family and key value of the church. It is
at the root of what we call fellowship. It changes Christianity
from a ritual of memorials to a present expression of active love.