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 newborns, squirming children, and frazzled moms and dads. We welcome those in flip flops and those in three-piece suits.
We welcome you if you can sing like Frank Sinatra or 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 Lutheran than Luther, more Catholic than the Pope, or more religious than Billy Graham. You're just as welcome if you haven't been to church since last Christmas or 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 mons, fantasy football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and funk-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. Truth is, we've all been there too.
If you blew all your offering money at the rip-off casinos, you're welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, that Elvis is still alive, or that the Texas Rangers will someday win the World Series.
We offer a welcome to those who work too hard, don't work at all, or can't figure out their life's calling.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced, or both.
We offer a special welcome to those who are still regretting past mistakes, could use a prayer right now, or have had it up to here with "organized religion."
We welcome those who are here because grandma is visiting and wanted to go to church and even those who got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome left-wing, right-wing, or no wings at all. We welcome seekers and doubters.
We welcome YOU to Our Savior Lutheran Church because God welcomes us to meet at the cross. Here, in the welcoming arms of Jesus, there is faith, hope, love, and healing for all.