Our Opening Words Say Who We Are

Welcome Home

Opening words for our Sunday Service, 30 December 2018.
Delivered by Jim Richardson, Lay Leader


Home is where you put one foot on the porch

and before your other foot even touches the landing

the door dances open,

and the first thing you see is a huge smile

and the first thing you feel is a huge hug

and the first thing you hear is your own name

spoken with excitement and elation and jubilation

and so much love.

Home is where you don’t have to be anybody but you.

You don’t have to be good enough

or clean enough, or smart enough

or strong or pretty enough

or think only the right thoughts

or believe only the right beliefs

or guard your heart

or deny your mistakes

or hide your wounds

or silence your needs

or measure your hopes and dreams.

You don’t have to pretend to be somebody you’re not

so you can belong

because at home

you belong already.

Come on in

Come on in, as you are.

Welcome home


– Anonymous

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