All Are Welcome

Facebook is a brilliant idea! This week I was found on Facebook by one of my College buddies, Curt Allison, who now lives in Canada and is still an awesome pianist!

On his Facebook status this week, he quoted one verse of a song which really ministered to me, so I had to look up the rest of the lyrics (and download it from iTunes). I have never been so moved to a hymn as I have to the words of this one:

Let us build a house where love can dwell
And all can safely live
A place where saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive
Built of hopes and dreams and visions
Rock of faith and vault of grace
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions
All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place

Let us build a house where prophets speak
And words are strong and true
Where all God’s children dare to seek
To dream God’s reign anew
Here the cross shall stand as witness
And a symbol of God’s grace
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place

Let us build a house where love is found
In water, wine and wheat
A banquet hall on holy ground
Where peace and justice meet
Here the love of God, through Jesus
Is revealed in time and space
As we share in Christ the feast that frees us
All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place

Let us build a house where hands will reach
Beyond the wood and stone
To heal and strengthen, serve and teach
And love the Word they’ve known
Here the outcast and the stranger
Bear the image of God’s face
Let us bring an end to fear and danger
All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place

Let us build a house where all are named
Their songs and visions heard
And loved and treasured, taught and claimed
As words within the Word
Built of tears and cries and laughter
Prayers of faith and songs of grace
Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place.
(All Are Welcome, by Marty Haugen)

My prayer is that, increasingly, all our churches, places of worship, and faith communities will fully join in and embody the message of this song with the intent that God’s kingdom will come and his will be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.

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