Words of Welcome

Welcome to Chicago Community Mennonite Church.  Each and every one of you is welcome in this space.  No matter if you are plain or fancy, joyous or sorrowful, whole or in pieces, confident or questioning, you are welcome.  Whatever your age, or color, or sexual identity, or whether or not your status is recognized by this government, you are welcome.  This is a come-as-you-are celebration.  

I invite us into this worship space as watchers of the word, as participants in the struggle, as agents of God’s light and love, as revelers in the joy, and as members of an inclusive body.

Let us worship God together.  Let us open our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to the divine’s loving presence among us.

Adapted from Wellington UCC by Sara Reschly

 

You are welcome here.

If you are delighted to be here,

and if you are tired or troubled,

you are welcome.

If your faith is strong,

and if your faith is battered or frail,

you are welcome.

If you are eager to praise God,

and if you need to be quiet,

you are welcome.

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All are welcome here at Chicago Community Mennonite Church.

You are invited to fully enter this time of worship:

whatever you carry with you,

whatever your questions, doubts, fears,

whatever your joys, hopes, passions,

whatever your shape, size, color or abilities,

whomever you love, however you speak,

whatever your most dearly held values,

You are welcome here.

Let us worship our God, who is worthy to be praised,

In the name of Christ who has made us one,

and by the power of the Spirit who dwells among us. 

written by Megan Ramer

Welcome to Chicago Community Mennonite Church this morning.

Whether you are a long time member, or a first time visitor,

Welcome.

Whether you come in joy,

Or sorrow,

Seeking answers,

Seeking solace,

Seeking a place to sing out!

Welcome.

All are welcome to worship here and participate fully

As God makes no distinction between peoples,

So we strive to do the same

Both here and in the world.

written by Megan Lynae Sohar

Welcome. This is a sacred space.

Welcome. This is find-god-in-yourself-and-love-god-fiercely space.

This is every-true-thing-is-okay space.

This is embodied space.

Safe space.

Dance space.

Free space.

Nonviolent space.

Political space.

Resistant space.

Cry space.

Laugh space.

Hope space.

Welcome.

This is your space.

adapted from Breaking up with God, Sarah Sentilles, page 171

Here in this place we find what we need to increase God’s justice and God’s peace.

Welcome to you who have found yourselves in this place out of curiosity.

Welcome to you who have found yourselves in this place for quite some time.

Welcome.

You who have said no to the church because of your own revelation or frustration of being marginalized, I welcome you.

To those who have chosen Christ and those who have not, welcome.

By the grace and peace of love I urge you to enter this space fully who you are; here you are loved and supported.

Here you are truly a stranger no more but a beloved member of this community.

adapted from Chris Parks, Welcome from Inclusive Worship Service, Phoenix 2013

As we gather for worship, whatever forms of judgment or exclusion you have experienced in your family, in your churches, in your work environments and communities, whatever condemnations have been internalized to the extent that you struggle within, whatever recent experiences have jostled your sense of well being, whatever violences have alienated you from others or from God, know that in this place and in this time, because of the coming of the Holy One among us, grace and mercy, life and light are here to meet you.  The door is open.  You are come well and welcome.

written by Glenn Martin Klaassen

Welcome to Chicago Community Mennonite Church.

As we seek to follow the way of Jesus,

we welcome all people to fully participate in our worship and fellowship:

all ages, colors, backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities;

male, female, and all manner of beautifully diverse genders,

gay, straight, and all manner of beautifully diverse sexualities,

single, partnered, and all manner of beautifully diverse families,

rich and poor and anywhere in between.

We are all God's beloveds, and all are welcome here.

written by Megan Ramer

Welcome to Chicago Community Mennonite Church.

As we seek to follow the way of Jesus,

we welcome all people to fully participate in our worship and fellowship:

all ages, colors, backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities;

all genders, sexualities, economic means, and family structures and expressions.

We are all God's beloveds, and all are welcome here.

written by Megan Ramer