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Come, and Welcome, to Jesus Christ

These days we are beginning every Sunday morning service at Calvary Community Church with this welcome, which I stole from Ray Ortlund, Jr.:

To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who are mourning and need comfort,
To all who feel worthless and think God doesn't care,
To all who have failed, and desire strength,
To all who sin, and need a Savior,
This church family opens her arms wide with a welcome from Jesus Christ - the Ally of his enemies, the Defender of the guilty, the Justifier of the inexcusable, and the Friend of Sinners.
Come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.

My fellow servant in Sunday worship, Christy Freeman, just sent me a version of this in song, from David Crowder. I hope it will bring you joy this morning, friend.

Come as you are, lay down your burdens, and welcome to Jesus Christ.

Lyrics:

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are

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