It was time for Clint to say a few words. He said, “I wasn’t raised in the church, and had no religious background. When I met Matt, he told me how he had been rejected by the congregation in which he grew up. He was hurt, but I could also see he really missed the connection to others and to God that the church had provided him. He told me he wished he could find a church that accepted him, but was too scared to even try.
“Well, one day we were driving down the road in front of St. Barnabas. I suddenly slammed on the breaks, and started backing up. Matt asked, ‘What are you doing?’
I said, ‘Did you see that?’
“‘See what?’ he said.
“‘It hasn’t rained in days. How could we see a rainbow?’
“‘No, not a real one in the sky. But the rainbow sign above the door of that church. I want to check it out.’
“So while Matt stayed in the car, I ran inside. I came back with the church’s welcome brochure which said, ‘All people are welcome at St. Barnabas: of every race, gender, nationality, and sexual orientation. Please join us we gather to celebrate Jesus’ love for all people.’
“So we decided to give St. Barnabas a try.”
Thank you, God, for congregations that welcome everyone. Amen.