An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that the same mix of proclaiming, reading, praying and singing that helps courage grow in the hearts of the newly sober finds each of us regardless of our histories and challenges. Every week in the word, Jesus offers us teachings that take us beyond our self-interests and point us straight to God. For us at Friday Church, God is truly the rising tide that lifts all ships. Together.