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Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)
TITLE: The Opened Door: An Invitation to Church
By Linda Watson Owen
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Is there some trouble, toil, or fear that brings you pain and woe?
And do you feel you’re all alone? Does comfort seem so far?
Does life for you sing saddened songs that break your hungering heart?
Please, let me help you to the door where arms are opened wide.
Though storms of life rage here for you, there’s warmth and peace inside.
Come to the altar of God’s love, surround yourself in friends,
who even now are praying for your wandering to end.
They’re waiting for your footsteps now, preparing all you need,
a banquet for your sighing soul, rest for your weary feet.
See, there, the opened door is yours, where friends you’ve yet to know
stand watching, listening, for your steps. I’m here to tell you so.
Don’t wait, my friend. Time hastens on. Please, let me take your hand.
I’ll help you to the opened door where your faith family stands.
The Light is bright there. Can you see Christ leading all the way?
I’m sure that once you enter in, you’ll always want to stay.
For there within those caring arms, you’ll see you’re not alone.
For those who wait once wandered too without a heavenly home.
But now each one is growing in the Son-Light of the Lord
and living in the glory of a soul that’s been restored.
Oh, hear the cheers for you, dear one! They see you’re coming near!
Run now into the fellowship of those who’ve prayed you here!
Such laughter! Such a song for you! No longer will you roam!
Grow stronger in their arms of love, you now have found your home.
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son,
purifies us from all sin.”
I John 1:7 NIV
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