What Having a Spiritual Home Means To Us

Over two years ago, my wife, Anne, and I walked into Church of The Atonement looking for a church home. It had been many many years since we had attended church regularly and Anne had found Atonement on a web search. We thought we might give it a try. Naturally, as newcomers we were nervous and unsure of what we might find.

When Anne related that we’d be attending Atonement that coming Sunday, it gave me a good hearty laugh: “Atonement… is God trying to tell me something?” Truthfully, the name really gave me pause for reflection. There was a certain resonance echoing in my head. Some of it was comfortable and some of it wasn’t. It felt like a call and it also felt like a conviction.

If you break the word down, it becomes at-one-ment. The dictionary goes further and defines the word as, “the reconciliation of God and humankind through the redemptive life, death and resurrection of Christ”. The internal question circling inside my brain was one of making a choice between my pride or  letting God open up the path of healing.

Walking in that very first time, we were met with welcoming smiles and genuine warmth. We both instinctively knew that we had found our home. There’s a generosity of spirit at Atonement that’s hard to put into words. In our church, the people are exactly who they say they are. We are a community that accepts people just as they are without pretense or affectation. As faithful people, there is also a sense of belonging and true fellowship.

Our parish loves to share. We are a praying community knowing that Christ answers our prayers. We know that through Him and with our faith, direction and guidance is always provided.

We invite you to join us!

 Prayer for the Parish

 

O Almighty And Everlasting God,
who dost govern all things in heaven and earth,
mercifully hear our prayers, and grant unto us in this
Parish and Congregation all things that are needful;
visit and relieve the sick; bless and protect the children;
arouse the careless; recover the fallen; restore the
penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of
thy truth; and bring us all to be of one heart and mind in
love toward Thee; to the honor and glory of thy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

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