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It’s a lesson that this familiar song from 20 years ago taught us.


“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got

Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot

Wouldn’t it be nice to get away?

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name

And they’re always glad you came

You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same

You wanna go where everybody knows your name

You wanna go where people know people are all the same

You wanna go where everybody knows your name


The tragedy of this song is that it took a Boston pub to preach the need for connection in loving community to the church. Out of that Boston bar we learned that people need a place to be vulnerable and authentic, a place they could be themselves with all of their rough edges and blemishes, yet still find support and encouragement.

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