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Affirmation of Welcome

As a community of the people of God, we are called to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all people in our world. Our world is often an unloving place. It can be a place of alienation and brokenness. Christ calls us to be compassionate, and to seek unity while celebrating our diversity in the context of God’s care for all creation.

We affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; there is neither male nor female.” (Galatians 3:28) Christ has made us all one. We acknowledge that this reconciliation overcomes divisions that afflict our human community that arise from racial prejudice, economic and class oppression, greed, and religious, doctrinal and cultural bigotry, all of which can extend to people of differing ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Therefore we include all people in the ministry of God’s care. Specifically we welcome people of all races, people of every economic status, people of every ethnic heritage, people of all sexual orientations and gender identity, people of every age and ability, and people of every marital status. 

Called together by the Holy Spirit to be a community of human solidarity and hope, the members of Grace Lutheran Church, Oakville, offer the welcome of Christ and the inclusion of Christ’s community to all people. In this welcoming process we seek to learn, to grow, and to understand our commonalities and differences so that we may share, from hearts transformed by the mercy and acceptance of God toward and among us, the riches of God’s grace with all people. 

Rooted in the hope of God’s promise to bring all people and all things to the fullness of life in Christ, we look forward to this journey of inclusion and understanding with all of God’s people.