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How welcoming is your church?

29 Oct

In his blog, “Stuff Christians like,” author Jon Acuff tells the following story about a friend who visited Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community in Daytona Beach, FL. The bulletin included the following note of welcome.

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR 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 or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.

If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and would up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts . . . and you!

Now that’s an inclusive welcome message! I wonder how many of these folks would be welcome in my church. Something to think about.

 
1 Comment

Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Church, News stories

 

One response to “How welcoming is your church?

  1. Sue Ann

    November 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Let’s put this in the bulletin .

     

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