We extend a warm welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor and knuckleheads. We extend a welcome, too, to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like Beyoncé or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’ve been sprinkled, dunked, or if you’re afraid to wade in the water.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 put not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome single moms, distant dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still using addicts. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve all been there.
If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, or are here because grandma conscripted you to come.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now. We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts… and you!