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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Sep 1
Beloved Friends,
What a wonderful thing coming home can be! After all, there are but a few things that calm a troubled heart like knowing that the end of a distressing story takes us home to those who love us and those we love. A sentiment so tenderly expressed with the words “When I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing” from the opening song from the musical “Wiz”. And as such, when we get to this place thought of as home, we discover that it is as though we never left. So, it is not so hard to come home in spite of everything.
As I say these things, can you imagine that home is not just something to live in? Rather, having a home is much more of an experiential state than it is having access to proper shelter. When people ask, “where’s home” they usually don’t mean, “Where’s your current house?” Usually, what they’re asking is, “Where do you come from? Where do you belong? Where is your family? What is the source of your identity?” That is why, there is no doubt that there are days we long for the familiarity of home and for friends and family. One such place that fits what we call home can even be Church.
A characteristic of a Church Home is culture – ex. behavior (rituals), values (beliefs), principles (rules) and the atmosphere of a group of people. Each church has its own culture, its own feel, or atmosphere. Specifically, Church creates an atmosphere of “sanctuary” or safe haven (home). That is, when our world is out of joint, when our minds are tangled and our hearts are failing us, and not one stone is left unturned, men, women and children gather together to have our faith strengthened, our thoughts clarified, our ideas supported, our convictions reborn, and our characters enhanced through our bond to the Christ which binds us to one another. It is for this reason LICF annually sets aside time designated as “Home Coming”. This year it is Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ 10:00am.
Homecoming is traditional in churches. It’s an opportunity to reach out to former members who have either moved away or drifted away; and for current members whose illness, travel, family responsibilities, and other things temporarily impede their ability to regularly attend Worship Services. It’s a way of saying “come on home and welcome back.” It is a church family reunion where we reaffirm that all are welcome to come, to meet and to eat like families do. Homecoming is nostalgic. For that reason, I heartily encourage each of you to consider the importance we at LICF place on having you with us and always look forward to seeing you. As we prepare to celebrate this occasion, let us all relish the words of the Apostle Paul who said, We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly remembering you in our prayers (1 Thessalonians 1:2).
Yours in fellowship….Reverend Gale Jones, Executive Pastor

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