Below was a welcome I used for one of the worship conferences at our church a few years back. Since then, we have redesigned the space. As you can see in the pictures, below, we set up a stage on weekly basis for about seven years. Three months ago, the space was renovated which included taking down the back wall of the gym and adding a permanent stage on the end. We are grateful for the new opportunities for reaching people, but finding this little welcome today was a reminder to me that worship can take place in any setting.
There are coffee stains on the floor, we are lighting the stage with two donated can lights hung on the beams with clamps and two industrial work lights, one of which is out at the moment.
We have mauve carpet, a blue trim line, and peach walls from ’95 when we built this building. Approximately 200 children, youth and adults have dinner here every Wednesday night, sport teams play here many weeks of the year, and if someone gets a soda between 9:00 and 10:00 on Sundays, everyone turns around to look.
Each week we set up this portable stage for worship on Sunday and most of the time, it works – except for one Sunday when three of the four drummers were in the congregation, but since we couldn’t find the sticks, we just skipped drums that day.
Today, you are welcome, in the house of God. We are not perfect in getting things together, but God’s spirit is here in this place. It’s fun to show up here and praise the Lord.
And I think of Psalm 81 :10 – I would rather be a door keeper in the house of the Lord than dwell in the tent of the wicked.
I want you to enjoy being in the house of the Lord today. Let’s worship him – with our lives and with our hearts.