We extend a special welcome to you. We welcome those who are single, in a relationship, engaged, married, divorced, filthy rich, dirt poor. You’re welcome here if you’re “church shopping”, just woke up or just got out of jail. It doesn’t matter to us if you’re more spiritual than Billy Graham, or haven’t been in church since Christmas, when you were ten.
We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, and their parents who are here with them. We love children, even if they fuss and get wriggly in their seats. We warmly welcome those who feel it takes twice as long as everyone else, with double the effort to simply move from one place to the next.
We especially welcome those who are over 50 but not grown up yet, and teenagers who are growing up to fast. We welcome ardent Aggies, lifelong Longhorns, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters and those who are strictly carnivores. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or are down in the dumps or so excited you could burst.
We welcome you if you feel you don’t have your act together enough for God to love you, or are second guessing being here because you think everyone in a church must surely have their act together and your biggest fear is that your being here will cause lightning to strike. We welcome you if you take a huge risk to come or if you feel that missing church must make God cringe.
If you blew all your offering money on Lotto tickets, you’re welcome here. If you think the moon landing was staged, you work to hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are coming because gammy is in town and she wants you to go to church with her, you’re welcome!
We welcome you if you can sing like Blake Shelton, or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. We welcome you if you like to clap or don’t, like to raise your hands or don’t. We figure that one style is not necessarily more spiritual than the other, but we do encourage you to get lost in the music and singing. You are singing to God, not your neighbor, so don’t worry about what those around you are doing, even if they are crying.
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 their throat as a kid or if you don’t like “organized religion”, we’ve been there too. We welcome tourists, seekers, and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you.