It means when you walk through these doors you don’t have to be anyone other than who you are. In fact, you are loved for who you are with no conditions and no strings attached. At St. Andrew’s “All seats are free.” It even says so on one of our oldest signs. You don’t have to pay the price of checking some part of who you are at the door. All are welcome. Period.
It means that through this community we share an identity that transcends all others – our identity as children of God, and this identity has implications for how we exist as a community.
It means that this family of which we are a part is always being refashioned to incorporate new members. We neither hang on too tightly to what we’ve been nor throw out the baby with the bathwater. We plumb the depths of our tradition and the best of who we’ve been while embracing the myriad gifts and diversity and vision of who we are now so that we might give birth to who we will be. We never exist solely for ourselves, but always for the sake of others.
It means that we make a commitment to one another in this community. We celebrate when things are good, and we don’t shy away when things get tough. We engage in each others' lives (without getting into each others' business unbidden). We commit to loving and supporting one another and all who come to us in the same way that God loves and supports us – with a sturdy, unshakable, trustworthy, and Holy presence.It means that God has gathered us together in this time and place in history so that we can welcome and embrace a world of people who desperately need to know and experience how incredibly much God loves them. It is no small thing to offer this to the world and that is what we try to do at St. Andrew’s.