On Sunday, March 3, after a summer of one-on-one meetings and learning/bible study events in the fall, the Welcome and Inclusion Working Group (WIWG) has drafted a Welcome Statement for New Hope!

This statement was inspired by the Cross Window in the Narthex which is the oldest stained-glass in our church and was part of the original construction before the new Narthex was built. As the seasons progress the window washes different parts of the Narthex in contemplative shades that remind of us Christ’s constant presence. It was this imagery that was the inspiration for the welcome statement. In addition, some of the language was taken from our unique communion invitation which has made a deep impact on many people. Drawing from these items and the collective content of what we learned from talking with you. The welcome statement below is proposed by the WIWG.


God’s amazing love knows no boundaries. In the shining light of that love, New Hope Lutheran Church of Missouri City, Texas celebrates and affirms people of all races, creeds, sexual orientations, gender identities, sizes, ages, abilities, countries of origin, or any other quality that some use to separate people from the inclusive wholeness of the body of Christ. Regardless of who you love, who you are, or who you want to become, you are welcome here.

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