We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, straight, filthy rich, dirt poor, and those who don't speak English. You're welcome here if you're black, white or whatever ethnicity you are. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail, or those who could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like Barbara Streisand 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 more Protestant than Billy Graham, 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, starvings artists, tree-huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, and junk-food-junkies. We welcome those who are in recovery or are 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 gambling, 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 spel, or because Grandma is in town and dragged you 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, have had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or just got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts and we welcome you!
And, we want you to know that Jesus loves you and that He loves you too much to leave you the way you are. So, be prepared! Because when you completely submit your life to Jesus, as he calls us to, He will begin to conform you into his image.