Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2009
Happy Homecoming Weekend, Trinity MCC!
Happy Homecoming Weekend, Trinity MCC! What is Homecoming? According to the popular website www.wikipedia.com, “Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back of former residents and alumni of an institution. It most commonly refers to a tradition in many universities, colleges and high schools in North America. It usually includes activities for students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the city or town. Additionally, the term can also refer to the special services conducted by some religious congregations, particularly by many American Protestant churches, that are often held annually but sometimes as one-time-only events, to celebrate church heritage and welcome back former members or pastors.”
When I was a little boy growing up in the First Baptist Church of Auburndale, Florida, I loved homecoming. We had wonderful music, everybody dressed up in their Sunday best, and oh my goodness, the food. Every version of fried chicken, chicken and dumplin’s, cornbread, cake, pie, bread, drink, salad, well you know what I’m writing about; an incredible spread was always offered after “preaching.” Whew, I remember leaving those meals just barely able to breathe, both physically and spiritually. I hope that’s the way we will feel when we drive off the property this Sunday afternoon. Having been blessed with a wonderful meal and concert on Saturday evening, an amazing worship service on Sunday morning, and a wonderful Sunday meal after church I hope our cups will be filled to overflowing.
And here’s the fun part. When we say “WELCOME” we mean it for everyone. I was on my way back from an appointment tonight and I saw a bumper sticker I loved; “God bless the whole world; No exceptions.” And that is the message of our welcome; Welcome to Trinity MCC; No exceptions. Even my fingers feel happy typing that.
So to our Charter Members, to those of you who have been around for a very long time, to those who have been around for awhile, to those who are brand new, and to those who will come for the first time, let me simply say, Welcome to this weekend of celebration; No exceptions. I’ll see you Saturday and Sunday.