In Chapter 12 of the Book of Matthew, Jesus describes an extravagant banquet where fine foods and good wine are offered! In the story, the host (a metaphor for God) extends invitations to this lavish feast ... but to whom? After being turned down by his friends, primarily the wealthy and powerful, the host invites the lame, the sick, tax collectors, all kinds of people who the establishment of those times (the audience for the story) considered to be "less than". God criticizes any host who would withhold their invitations to these.
God's grace is truly the extravagant gift - given to all. No person or no church should pretend that they have any control to withhold God's grace, as it is freely given to all who would receive it.
Our church strives ever day to embody this extravagant welcome, by inviting all who wish to join us to participate in fellowship, worship, communion and outreach. We practice: “No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."
Our Open and Affirming Statement, which makes our welcome clear, is linked to our Home page.