Lots of churches have mottos or tagline mission statements about who they are and what they are supposed to be about. Every church thinks they are friendly and welcoming (just try to find a church that says they are not), and every church talks about love and grace.
One of the reasons I am so proud to be the Pastor here at Centenary UMC is that every time I walk in the main doors on the upper level, the first words that greet me on the opposite wall above the coatrack is our motto “Come as you are, no judgment, only grace.” I am pleased not only because they are written there but because our overall church culture actually lives them out. Everyone is truly welcome here, there is no judgment, and all who walk through that door will be offered God’s grace.
What I am asking Centenary UMC to focus on now is 1.) having more people walk through that door and 2.) helping them find and connect to Jesus Christ and His church once they are here. This will require prayer, discernment and lots of discussion on everyone’s (and I mean EVERYONE’S ) part here at Centenary UMC.
All of you, all the members and friends of Centenary UMC, are called to be a beloved son and daughter of God and then through a relationship with Jesus Christ discern your call from God and by the power of the Holy Spirit to be a part of His plan through the ministry of His church to lead people to Jesus Christ. This is why Christian Leadership is the emphasis of this Lenten season at Centenary UMC.
For now, all I ask is that you pray and come to as many services as you can during Lent. Pray for souls to come through our doors, pray for them to find connection to the love of Christ through the worship and the people they meet. Let us come together as a church and pray that all who walk through those doors are not just welcomed, but that through the ministry of this church they find Christ here and follow Him to His eternal Kingdom. All praise, glory and honor to Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.