November 24, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

You Have Come Home.

We See You.

You Belong.

Join us at 8:30 or 10:45 for the third message in this sermon series as part of our holiday welcome program at Cross of Hope Church.

As background: In the summer of 2018, at a national youth conference in New Orleans attended by 30,000 youth and their leaders, Deacon Erin Power of the Rocky Mountain Synod, a regional expression of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, proclaimed “You Have Come Home. We See You. You Belong.”

Speaking to a diverse audience, mostly in their teens, she knew from personal experience that an individual can feel lost, without direction, and alone. Deacon Erin states that, “In today’s world, it can be hard to find community. We don’t always have the entry points into places that naturally foster community: living near family, having a spouse and/or children, attending a residential college or university. People aren’t always looking for a church, but many are looking for a place to belong, they are looking for community. The beauty of the church, when the church is at its best, is that it offers community with no strings attached. There are no membership fees or skills required. You don’t need a certain background or degree. ‘Come as you are, all are welcome’ are the words we hear our pastors say each week as they invite us to communion.  And for those of us who gather in worship each week, this extraordinary invitation becomes ordinary. We forget how radical and unusual this sort of invitation is! Our challenge is to take that radical word of grace into our daily encounters with God’s people: the new visitor, the grouchy person in line at the grocery store, your child’s teacher. You matter just as you are.”

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