I belong to an Episcopal Church in my neighborhood. I am invigorated by the services, educated by our Adult Forum programs and strengthened – in all respects – by just being there.
Our Church is like others – in shape, liturgy and message. But there is one thing that sets this Church apart. The doors of the Church are never locked. They are open. 24/7.
Members of the Church can stop in. Folks – who are not members – can stop in as well. At ten at night. Or three in the morning. Everyone is welcome. To pray. To think. To ponder. Donna and I will sometimes stop in. In those off hours when we’ve gone in, the sanctuary is usually empty. Except for us. Which makes our visit more personal.
I like to think that the doors of all faith traditions are open to the public. And yet I am aware that is not the case. I remember one pastor – years ago – haughtily suggesting that unless I was of his faith, his denomination and his synod — the doors to my salvation might well be closed. That’s tough to stomach. I wonder what Gabriel would have to say about that (see post of January 30, 2012). I bet his doors are open. 24/7 . . . . .