Unfortunately, “All are welcome” does not always mean that all are welcome. Few experiences run more counter to God’s invitation than feeling unwelcome, despite what the sign outside a church may say.
The wonderful thing about the Church is that it is a diverse community held together by the bond of love toward God and each other.
The challenging thing about the Church is that its diversity challenges our ability to love and to welcome.
It is in accepting the challenge that God lets our love increase; and in the process we may recognize that not all find us loveable but choose to love us anyway. This is an experience of grace.
We don’t claim to be perfect, but we commit ourselves to welcome others as God has welcomed us. For this reason we have adopted the following statement:
At Peace Lutheran Church we embrace the example of unconditional love and deep compassion shown in the life of Jesus. Together we share and grow in faith and God’s gifts. In this spirit we say “All are welcome here”.