By Ryan Saunders, Senior Warden
“Sometimes you want to go… Where everybody knows your name…. and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see…. our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name.”
Hopefully as you are reading this quote you can hum the familiar tune and recognize the lyrics to the theme song from the television show “Cheers.”
This is often how I feel when I enter St. George’s on Sunday, or any other day when there is an activity or an event. And no, I am not inferring that entering St. George’s is like entering a bar. Rather, I feel like I am visiting a place where everyone knows my name. And where everyone is glad I came. St. George’s is a place where we are family, where we are always welcome, where everyone is glad to see us, and that we can call home. No matter what is going on in your life, no matter how long you’ve been away, everyone is glad to see you again. I think this is a characteristic of a small (but mighty) congregation. We are a community. We are a family. We look out for one another. And we are always glad to see everyone together on Sundays.
Part of being human is wandering. Sometimes we wander mentally from Jesus. Other times we wander physically from Jesus. I think the same goes for St. George’s. Attendance waxes and wanes. Activity levels wax and wane. But, at the end of the day, we are always welcome. And our family members look forward to seeing us.
This is not a green light to mail it in and not put in the effort. Being a part of a community is hard work. Being part of a family is hard work. Loving Jesus is hard work. But the work is worth it. And if you slip up, if you wander a bit, know that you are human. And you will be welcomed back. Everyone will be glad you came.
What I would like to suggest is that St. George’s is much like Jesus. He always knows our name. He always knows our troubles. And He is always glad we came.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! And we will be glad you came!
St. George’s Episcopal Church
5600 Winding Way
Carmichael, CA 95608