A Special Welcome at First Congregational, UCC
AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL, UCC in Mount Vernon, Ohio:
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, remarried, Straight, LGBTQ, filthy rich, dirt poor, citizen or alien, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Green. 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 an angel 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 Protestant, Catholic, Agnostic, Atheist or haven’t been in church since Jimmy Carter was President.
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 wound up here by mistake. We welcome saints, sinners, tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!
( Adapted from an Our Lady of Lourdes Community Bulletin 2014)