We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, no hablo Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or find yourself musical challenged to carry a tune. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Lutheran than Martin Luther or more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, treehuggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too. If you blew all your offering money at the casino or on the lottery, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or those who are joining us because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!
Adapted from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community, Daytona Beach, Florida
At Hope, you will encounter a community of warm friendly people, engaging music and worship, God’s word preached in a compelling way and an opportunity to experience God. You’ll be encouraged and maybe even challenged, but that is normal. You are our guest, and our goal is to make you feel welcome. Expect God. We can’t change lives, but we believe that Jesus can. We expect the presence of God in all of our gatherings. Where God is present there is joy, healing, hope, and life. We come together to meet with and worship the Creator of the universe and to be changed by God's presence. Expect Acceptance and Love. At Hope Lutheran, you will be accepted and loved no matter what. You can be yourself. Urban, suburban, black, white, rich, poor, young, and old are all a part of Hope. At the foot of the cross is level ground where all are accepted as equals. What should I wear? You may wear what ever is comfortable for you. For some this means wearing business-style clothing. For others it may mean wearing what is considered casual dress. We are not hung up on what you wear and simply want you to know that you are welcome here no matter your style of clothing. Will I be pushed to do something I don’t want to do? No, you’re our guest. You will not be pushed to do anything you don’t want to do. We will not make you stand up in front of everybody as a first-time guest or introduce yourself. There are a lot of great people to meet and a lot of great things happening on a Sunday morning, but the level of your participation will be totally up to you. We offer the Lord's Supper at each service and you are welcome to receive as you are comfortable.