On a sunny Sunday morning a few weeks ago, I found myself walking the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts. I was in New England to visit some of our TfT Network schools and had a little time for the local sights. The Freedom Trail with its centuries of American history provided quite an informative tour for this Canadian!
Fortunately for me, I passed a church that was just beginning its worship service. The Freedom Trail was going to have to wait.
I am always a bit uncomfortable attending a service in an unfamiliar church—worried that I will falter in their rituals or take the seat of someone who has sat in the same pew for the past 50 years (Dad . . . ).
After being safely ushered to a seat, these words on the program immediately relaxed me:
Pilgrims. Tourists. Worshipers.
Believers. Questioning. Seekers. Curious.
All are welcome.
I saw myself in each of the above descriptors, and I felt welcomed. Though I wasn’t particularly weary or tired that day, the welcome words reminded me of Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 28:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
As I relaxed into the beauty of the service, I was once again convicted of the purpose of Teaching for Transformation—an invitation for all to play their part within God’s Story.