We extend a special welcome to those who are
single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, brown, black, white, wealthy, or poor. We especially welcome
wailing babies and excited toddlers. We welcome you whether you can sing
like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here
if you’re just browsing, just woke up, or just got out of prison. We
don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury or
haven’t been to church since Christmas of 2000. We extend a special
welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet and to teenagers
who are growing up way too fast.
We welcome soccer moms, football dads, starving
artists, tree huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk food eaters. We
welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if
you’re having problems, are down in the dumps, or don’t like organized
religion. We’re not that keen on it either. We offer welcome to those
who think the Earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or
are here because Granny is visiting and wanted to come to church. We
welcome those who are inked, pierced, both, or neither.
We offer a special welcome to those who could
use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids,
or got lost on the Kent-Des Moines Road and wound up here by mistake. We
welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters, atheists, agnostics.
We’re glad you found Grace! The truly incredible
thing about God’s grace is that no matter what your life has been like
or where you are on your spiritual journey, God is always willing and
ready to receive you with open arms. And so are we.