Lesson: Luke 9:51-62
Nearly every Sunday for several years now, we include in our morning announcements an invitation that goes something like this: “Wherever you are in your faith journey, there is a place for you here at First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo.” What we mean to communicate is that we recognize that people come into this sanctuary from different faith backgrounds and from no faith background; some know exactly what they believe and some aren’t sure; some aren’t sure they want to believe anything but maybe they’re curious. Maybe they like the feeling of community, or they like that we host a shelter during the winter, or have a great choir, or tackle justice issues like anti-torture, which you can learn about following worship today.
Belief can be hard and it’s worth acknowledging that. So when we say, “Wherever you are in your faith journey, there’s a place for you here,” we’re saying we welcome both believers and skeptics to process their doubts and beliefs here. And let me be really clear about one thing we are not saying. We are not saying, “We want you to hang around here long enough that you come to believe exactly that way the rest of us do.” For starters, if there are 150 people in this sanctuary this morning there are probably 150 ways of believing, too. So there is no lock-step approach to faith here.