Where is home for you? Maybe home is the house where you grew up. Maybe it's spending time with family and close friends. Maybe home is something more elusive for you but there are those places where you find strength, peace, or a sense of belonging, if even for a short time. Home is complicated. None of us grew up in a perfect home but we have images of what home is and means, and we long for it.
As our 60th Anniversary Celebration approaches (Sunday October 27th @ 9:30 AM), there are many people planning to attend who see St. Andrew's as their spiritual home, a place of confirmation, marriage, family baptisms, and funerals. A place that was there in every age and stage of children's lives, a special place in the Audubon community. However, there are also many of the St. Andrew's faithful who did not grow up here, who don't know a lot of familiar faces, and maybe just feel like they are passing through. We all have a place in this special celebration, whether we are giving thanks for the past or praying for a promising future together. We all have a place as we gather around Word and Sacrament, joyous music, and inspiring preaching from our Bishop.
So whether you have been here awhile or have been wandering, welcome home! Whether you are lonely, lost, happy, or confident, welcome home! Whether you are doubting, believing, hoping or despairing, welcome home! Come as you are anytime. Through ordinary people and imperfect surroundings, I trust that you will experience the grace and forgiveness that only Christ can bring.
From this spiritual home, we will be sent out to be love in the world. Sometimes the world will fill us with joy and at other times will leave us feeling bruised and battered. Through it all, may you hear Christ's voice calling you home.
Grace and Peace,