The Episcopal Church welcomes you

The Episcopal Church welcomes you

by Doug Clay of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Sacramento

The Episcopal Church welcomes you…

This statement is found on greeting signs, web pages, and documents throughout America. It is so closely connected with our church that the saying may even have become invisible to those of us who associate ourselves with the Episcopal Church.

But being welcoming is one of the most important features that sets us apart from other churches and as such deserves to be brought to our conscious thought again. The welcome that I received at St. Paul’s over twelve years ago, soon after moving to Sacramento from the other side of the continent, is still a vivid memory. That welcome was instrumental in the decision to come back for a second church service. (Were these people really glad that we had joined them for worship?)

After that second service, I was hooked. It was not long after that Mark and I were making service banners and welcoming others as ushers. I am still amazed and touched to see new faces come through our doors…and become familiar faces. It is something that Episcopalians are good at...sometimes. However, we must always be aware of how welcoming we are to the next person in the door. And we must be willing to accept the new ideas and energy they bring to the community.

So, if you are a familiar face, thank you for being welcoming...keep on doing it.

If you are a new face, please be assured that you are welcome. We look forward to experiencing the imprint of your spirit, thoughts and ideas on the fabric of our church.

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