1. Come as You Are, but Leave A Little Different
If you are a spats-and-high-collar kind of person, you are welcome to come dressed to the nines. If you are a jeans and a t-shirt kind of person, you are welcome to come in what makes you comfortable. We do not care how you dress for worship; come as you are. Worship has a tendency to take people from Point A to Point B, so come as you are in spirit, but be ready to encounter the Divine.
2. We Care That You’re Here
If you are visiting with us, we have parking right in front for you. Our greeters will ask you your name, and warmly invite you in. You’ll be asked to sign in and give us a way to contact you (we do not spam). People will come up and talk with you before, after and even probably during the service in the Passing of the Peace. We care that you’re here—there are thousands of churches in Dallas, there are a lot of things to do on Sunday morning, and you are choosing us. It’s kind of a big deal.
3. We are Traditional Progressives, and Other Such Paradoxes
There is a tension in being open and affirming to the LGBTQ community, a voice against oppression and power, and speaking to a God and Reign of God that is in process while singing hymns and following a traditional order of worship. We’re not about what’s comfortable at Midway Hills, but where God is leading us. Sometimes it feels a little weird, but we live in the paradoxes of the Reign of God.
4. Worship is Contribution
Worship is not something you go to, it is something you are. We are intentional about worship being communal, responsive, and a moment of respite and refueling in meeting the Divine and then going, doing and being the rest of the week. Sometimes, the Scriptures are a little out there, sometimes the hymns just don’t cut it, but we worship the God who feeds us in all that we do. Worship services help us focus for the week.
5. If You are Comfortably Able
You will hear the phrase, “If you are comfortably able,” and we mean it. If you’re not in the spiritual place to sing, give, or break bread, we understand. If you cannot stand up or sit still because of any sort of qualm or issue, we welcome you all the same. We trust in the Holy Spirit to do what the Holy Spirit does best—work in us where we are, and lead us to where we are going.
6. Unity is Not Uniformity
We are a people of unity, which does not mean we lock step in everything or anything. We are liberals and conservatives, progressives and traditionalists, multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-orientative, and a heterogenous blend of Dallas. We unite in the promises of enoughness, justice and peace, and invite you to join us in that as well—even if you did vote for that one guy or if you feel a certain way about the economy.
7. When We Say Everybody, We Mean Everybody
No, seriously, everybody. The Disciples of Christ affirmed that “all means all,” and we stand by it. Everybody is welcome at Midway Hills, not just to sit quietly, but to encounter God how God will be encountered. We honor diversity, we are inclusive, and we’re waiting for that special someone to make us reconsider. (It’s been almost sixty years, and we haven’t met them yet.) It is why we celebrate the Table of Christ every week—Christ is the Reconciler and invites every last one of us to reconciliation and new life.
8. You are the Offering
Every week, we ask those who can to respond to our call of doing the mission of the church—justice, inclusion, diversity, peace and enoughness—to contribute in the way in which they are called. For some, it is time and talent. For others, it is presence. For some, it is through financial giving. Giving to the church in any way helps the church continue to build the Reign of God in the here and now. That said, no one is going to stare at you as the plate is passed; you are welcome to give as you feel called and led.
9. We Like Coffee
After the service is over, please stick around for a few minutes, and have a cup of coffee and a snack with us. Every week, some folks provide something to munch on as we talk and catch up, and you are more than invited to stick around with us. And there is always coffee. We like coffee.
10. The Pastor wears Chuck Taylors
Our Senior Minister is a touch eccentric, and wears sneakers to match the liturgical colors of the church year. (Red on Pentecost, Purple in Lent, White on Christmas… you get the idea.) He has good reason to—they are a symbol of hope. Check out his article about peace, hope & Chucks.