In case you missed this from Sunday, here is the open letter to the city of Oak Ridge from Ridge Church that was read during the message…
Dear Oak Ridge (or anyone for that matter)-
It’s ok. We have issues too.
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who have crying new-borns, are skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing and dance like Justin Bieber or are like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than Billy Graham, or haven’t been in church since last Christmas, or the one before that. We don’t even care if you like to eat at Chick-Fil-A.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters, democrats, republicans, everything in between, agnostics, atheists, and the religious. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” because we’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money playing poker, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, caint spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts, anyone who needs grace, those that think they do not need grace, the grace killers, anyone who’s not ok and those that are not ok with not being ok … and you!
Welcome to Ridge Church- A Radical Grace Community- a place where it’s ok to not be ok and a place where we embrace the unembraced.
It this sounds like your kind of place, we’ll save you a seat this Sunday. We have two identical worship services at 9:30am and 11:15am.