"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 NRSV)
There was an article by Tim Unsworth in the NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER a few year ago that should be read by everyone who loves the church. He was writing about his own Roman Catholic church but his words are appropriate for every denomination. He notes that in Chicago, only about 25% of Catholics attend church on an average Sunday. The New York archdiocese has only a 20% attendance rate. He contrasts those figures with Home Depot the successful home remodeling store. Home Depot customers average 30 visits each year to that establishment. Why should customers of a Home Depot be more loyal than customers of Christ's church? Unsworth believes the answer is what is known in business parlance as customer service.

Jesus welcomed all with depth and love. How can you make your church more welcoming?

Dear God, you have welcomed me. Now, may I make sure all of your people are welcome in my church. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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