The church

 
The church

 

The doors of this church

Form a threshold which people cross

As they make the transition from the ordinary world

To the worshipping community of Christ’s Church.

 

They mark out a place where the stranger

Will begin their encounter of the Church at prayer

And the place where the Church will formally welcome the stranger

Who seeks admission not just to the building,

but to the community of the Church.

 

These doors are a place of welcome and greeting.

 

It is at these doors that those seeking membership of the Christian community through baptism are welcomed,

Newly married husbands and wives leave to face the world together for the first time,

And the mortal remains of the deceased are sprinkled with holy water

Before their journey to their final resting place.