June 5, 2017
It felt good to suit up and show up for the 7 am Monday yoga I’ve been showing interest in each Sunday and conveniently sleeping in through as Monday rolls around. I have learned in wise places that making a decision is only half of the equation, and then there are the actions to match that decision. So today it clicked and off I went in the rain to a beautiful room with lovely folks and a gentle and steadfast teacher using this as an opportunity for ministry.
As I walked down to turn the corner for the entrance, a beautiful reminder of what I got to be a part of yesterday. Two gorgeous baptisms, a newly ordained minister preaching the gospel for the first time, and this. The Welcome statement that will hang on the doors seven days a week three hundred and sixty five days a year created by the words declared in a simple exercise at our annual meeting. Who do we welcome? What do we commit to in order to do so? The two questions. And like a beautiful baking process, some loving hands collected those sheets and transferred and gently kneaded and let them rise and kneaded some more. Pause and more loving collaboration and the beautiful result was this.
I met two lovely folks at the dog park who pointed me in the direction of these red doors when I was brand new to this place. And then a dear friend from home visiting asked, “have you been to church in your neighborhood. One that you can walk to?” I was seeking community, a church home, a safe harbor to ask questions, explore faith, do good deeds, celebrate joyful life and ask for support and help in times of need. Talk about what I knew and even more so, what I didn’t. Several months later I crossed this threshold having no idea what world would open up. And how these words were already in the works and actions of the people I met there.
This morning I stood in awe. These are AMAZING words. We welcome and commit….I hope you will read them. And round the corner and through the door to begin the week in decision and action. “At God’s table there is a place for everyone.” Even you, even me.