What a blessing that there continue to be this many newcomers to our community! And so, I am inviting each of you newcomers to prayerfully consider membership. For many of us, making the commitment to this community is about saying something to ourselves, to the world, and to God about our faithfulness. It connects us with others in the congregation who become our fellow travelers on our faith journey. It provides a discipline and structure for our faith that keeps us grounded. And it provides a way to give back to a community that feeds us spiritually week in and week out.
Of course, people are welcome to participate in the life at Old First as they see best. There are some who sojourn with us for years, and for a variety of reasons choose not to officially join. That’s fine, if they find here what they need, and find ways to give back in thanksgiving. So when we invite you to join, we want you to be able to say “no” if it’s not right for you, or doesn’t feel like it would strengthen you relationship with God and the other members of this community. But we want you to know that you are invited, wanted, precious, encouraged.
So I invite you to meet with other newcomers like you to learn more about our community, its history and its place in our city. It might make a difference for you.
See you in church,