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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 youíre 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, thereís warmth and peace inside.
Come to the altar of Godís love, surround yourself in friends,
who even now are praying for your wandering to end.
Theyíre 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 youíve yet to know
stand watching, listening, for your steps. Iím here to tell you so.
Donít wait, my friend. Time hastens on. Please, let me take your hand.
Iíll help you to the opened door where your faith family stands.
The Light is bright there. Can you see Christ leading all the way?
Iím sure that once you enter in, youíll always want to stay.
For there within those caring arms, youíll see youíre 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 thatís been restored.
Oh, hear the cheers for you, dear one! They see youíre coming near!
Run now into the fellowship of those whoíve 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.
ďBut 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.Ē
I John 1:7 NIV
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