ITLOTC 10-20-17

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Ordinary Time

Prayer, Pt. 4

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we have a rotation for writing the newsletter.  For the past several months, I’ve been using my entries to talk about prayer.  You can find the previous posts here: (part 1, part 2, part 3). 

Our former teaching pastor, Kyle Lake, wrote a book called [Re]Understanding Prayer (and if you haven’t read it, we have a bunch of copies at the church, so just ask one of us for one).  As a whole, that book is an exploration of different approaches to prayer.  One of the things that has stayed with me over the years since I read it is an appendix titled “Historical Prayer.” In it, he briefly outlines three types of prayer and includes a collection of short prayers from prominent figures in Church history. 

Last month, I said that this post would be about prayer practices throughout history.  The breadth of information that could be conveyed about that topic is way to much for a blog post, so I want to highlight the practices that Kyle highlighted, then I’ll add one or two things.

Lectio Divina

This is a sort of prayerful reading of Scripture.  It’s a space that is created to read Scripture slowly, to sit with it, and to see what rises to the surface of your mind.  The idea here is that God is using the text to shape us in some way, thus we should make ourselves open to listen to the text—or perhaps the Spirit of God within and around the text.  If you’re wondering what makes this prayer, you can file this under the “active listening” column of interpersonal communication.  Or you could think of sitting down for this task as a petition for God to shape/speak to you.  I was going to walk through a how-to of Lectio Divina, but you should really just check out this resource from Vox Veniae (This resource is written for groups, but if you’re doing it alone, you can sub in journaling for the discussion part).

Ignatian Contemplation

This is more of a school/category of prayer than a single practice, but perhaps the most famous practice from this realm is the Prayer of Examen.  Long story short, this is a practice of looking back over your day, or maybe the past week, noticing the good and the bad that has occurred, how you responded, and measuring that response against the person of Jesus. This practice puts prayer, memory, and imagination into conversation with one another, and likely has many benefits, but I think a big one is the opportunity it offers us to stop for a moment and notice subtle gifts of our lives, or perhaps to confront concerning trends in our own selves.  There just so happens to be another well-organized resource from Vox for this practice, so rather than re-inventing the wheel, I’ll just link to that here.

Deep Breathing

The final practice Kyle highlights is “Deep Breathing.”  This is pretty self-explanatory—it’s taking a moment of slow, deep breaths, for the sake of entering into a more relaxed rhythm of breathing in order to be present to God in prayer.  Controlled breathing is a known way for locating one’s attention in the present moment rather than in the tempest of anxieties that accompany the fast paced life of the modern world.  It is a mechanism for being present and attentive.  I think that this pause is in-and-of-itself a kind of prayer, but you also might think of it as a way to prepare to pray—a stillness that precedes and follows your prayer—or maybe it’s both.  Anyway, mindfulness meditation seems to offer us a way into this (being still in the presence moment, focus on breathing, etc).  You can find a pretty straight-forward how-to about that here.

Praying with “Eyes Open”

Several years ago, I remember reading Eugene Peterson talking about Annie Dillard praying “with eyes open.” I think that was in a book called The Contemplative Pastor, but I know he also talks about it in this article (and you should really read it). He references her work, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and notes the wonder-infused descriptions she has of seemingly mundane nature scenes.  It’s as though she is wearing Creator-calibrated glasses, that allow her to see the glory of the ordinary and the significance of the insignificant, and Peterson identifies this as a posture of prayer.  This prayer neither starts nor finishes, it’s more of a condition of life.  That condition is presence of mind to one’s immediate surroundings, and perhaps a curiosity as to how something came to be and what it might mean. 

Surrogate Prayers

Finally, there are any number of voices throughout church history whose prayers have been recorded or preserved in some way.  We would do well to seek those out, to find a couple with whom we resonate particularly well, and make a habit of offering those prayers as our own.  After all, like we noted in discussing the Psalms, the things that happen to us, the things that concern us, what we think and feel about God, etc. are not special.  Other people have carried similar kinds of experiences, and we might sometimes find language from them that help us make sense of our circumstances and express ourselves in prayer.  For me, this person has been John Baillie, a Scottish theologian whose book A Diary of Private Prayer is pretty famous.  If you’re looking for a place to start in tracking down a collection of prayers, the end of Kyle’s appendix on historical prayer is pretty good place to start.

--

So those are some places to start in investigating prayer throughout the history of the Church.  Like I said, this is a woefully incomplete introduction to such things, but you should have enough to meaningfully Google your way into more information.  

As always if you have any questions or concerns about any of this, you can email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

South Waco Halloween Festival

This Wednesday night (10/25) is our annual Halloween party with the South Waco Community Center.  We still need a lot of volunteers, so make sure to sign-up on Sunday after church (or you can email toph@ubcwaco.org).  The festival is promising to be bigger and better than ever this year, and we need your help to make it happen.  The festival is from 6-8pm, but volunteers will need to arrive at 5:30pm.  If you have any questions please email toph@ubcwaco.org  #yourbesthalloweennow

Junior/Senior Retreat - November 3-5th

The annual Fall Retreat for Junior and Seniors is coming up, and sign-ups will be the next two weeks after church.  The cost of the retreat is $40 (includes: all meals, lodging, and t-shirt).  We will be leaving Friday afternoon, and will return on Sunday morning in time for church at UBC.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org.  Space is limited to the first 26 who sign-up.

Faith and Family Night

UBC is partnering with Baylor to support the first Faith and Family night for the women’s soccer team.  The game is at 7pm on October 20th.  We will be tailgating before the game starting at 6, just outside the baseball stadium.  Tickets are only $3!  There will be time for the kids to get on the field during halftime and participate in some games, and we will have a special time with the players afterwards hearing some of their testimonies, and UBC will gather around them to say a word prayer over them.  Make sure to put this on your calendar.  If you have any questions, email toph@ubcwaco.org or taylor@ubcwaco.org.

Auditions for a Christmas Production by InSite

UBC is hosting a Christmas production from InSite, a new arts organization presenting performing and visual arts around Waco. "The Second Shepherds Play" is a hilarious 500-year-old English nativity play, like the one Shakespeare would have grown up seeing. Performances are December 15 and 16, and UBCers are invited to audition! Visit www.insitewaco.com/2shep or write to luannpjennings@gmail.com for info. 

Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylocks 

Coffee Makers:  Andrew Sabonis-Chafee

Mug Cleaners:  Maddy S. 

Money Counter: Anna Tilson 

Announcements

  • Sunday Sermon: Special Guest Preacher Chris Seay 
  • Quarterly Leadership Team Meeting 10-29
  • The Big Meeting: our annual meeting with Finance, HR and Lead Team, 11-1
  • College Retreat, 11-3-15
  • Finance Team Meeting 11-9
  • McLennan County Orphan Care 3: CASA, 11-15

Do you have an emergency and need to talk to a pastor? 

254 413 2611

Leadership Team

If you have a concern or an idea for UBC that you’d like to share with someone that is not on staff, feel free to contact one of our leadership team members. 

Chair- Emma Wood:  emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Student Position: Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position: Leah Reed: Leah_Reed@baylor.edu

UBC Finance Team

Do you have a question about UBC’s financial affairs? Please feel free to contact any of your finance team members.

Josh McCormick: Josh.McCormick@dwyergroup.com

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Anna Tilson: Anna_Tilson@jrbt.com

Doug McNamee: douglas_mcnamee@baylor.edu

UBC HR Team

If you have concerns about staff and would like contact our human resources team, please feel free to email any of the following members.

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Liturgy 10-15-2017

This blog is a record of the call to worship, Scripture readings, and prayers from our Sunday liturgies.  If you are interested in writing something for the liturgy, or if you have a concern about any aspect of our liturgy, please email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Call to Worship

we have gathered to worship
the Lord of Peace

to find rest and restoration
in the One who is Love

we have come seeking to be formed
more fully in the way of Christ

to have our eyes,
minds, and hearts,

conformed to his

and to turn ourselves toward the Spirit of God

so we might join
in the work of God in the world.

 

Amen.

Scripture

Exodus 32:1-14

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”

When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.” They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!

The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”

But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’?

Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’“ And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

Matthew 22:1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to the people in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’

But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’

And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Prayer

This week's prayer was provided by the Family Abuse Center in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

God of peace, there are many places and many people who do not experience your peace. Right now, there are women and children in our own community who live under the dark weight of the fear of violence within their own homes. For them, home is a place of danger and pain. Help them, Lord, and give them strength and protection. Give their friends and the officials in our community the courage to bring that protection to them.

Lord, we also confess as a church that we often have been silent in the face of abuse. Many of us have turned our back and ignored those in abusive situations. We have even allowed abusers to twist our faith and our Scriptures to justify their sin. Too often, we are those who know and yet do nothing to help end the suffering. Whisper into our ears, Lord. Let us hear of your love for all peoples. Open our hearts to the pain of others.

Lord, we hear the voices of our children crying. Help us turn their tears to laughter. 

We see terror in the faces of our sisters. Help us turn their fear into hope. Help us not to judge, for we do not know another’s pain. 

Give us courage to confront abusers, whether in our community, family, or ourselves. 

Give us strength to endure, Lord, for the battle will be long. We put our trust in You, for peace in our world will come only through peace in our hearts and in our homes.

Amen.

Setlist 10-15-2017

This was the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  Our songs were gathered with this in mind.  Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics.  Below the songs, you can find a brief example of one way you might think of these songs. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Songs:

House of God Forever by Jon Foreman

Crown Him With Many Crowns by Jameson McGregor

Rise Up by Bifrost Arts

For Those Tears I Died by Jameson McGregor

Mystery by Jameson McGregor (adapted from Charlie Hall)

Doxology

How They Fit In:

There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme. 

House of God Forever: This song is essentially Psalm 23, and offers us language to express a trust in God's comforting us in the face of uncertainty.

Crown Him With Many Crowns: We sang this song to give voice to the lordship of Christ, with language of power-in-weakness.  In doing so, we call ourselves to imagine how this self-giving savior would have us live and move in the world.

Rise Up: This song is a call for both God and our own community to rise up and defend the vulnerable.

For Those Tears I Died: This song expresses a feeling of dislocation, abandonment, and perhaps just deep pain, and puts it in conversation with Jesus' solidarity with those who suffer.

Mystery: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs.  This is what we said about Mystery then: This song proclaims the story of the death, resurrection, and expected return of Christ, and offers this story to us as a cause for a transforming Hope in the midst of whatever affliction might befall us.

Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.

-JM

10-13-17

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Ordinary Time

Always There

This is a good prayer in my opinion:

Give us eyes to see,

    Ears to hear,

        & Hearts to receive.

Matthew 13:16 (and then my own add on (yeah, I’ve read Revelation 22:19))

It’s Monday afternoon and my turn to write the newsletter again.  I don’t know what to write about.  This is not uncommon, but I’m driven by goals and I’ve decided that having the newsletter done was a goal.  So I’m forcing it.  

I go to an emotional space.  Three hours of Gregorian Chant from a youtube channel and pictures of beautiful places from my personal photo album.  

This summer I took my son camping on Lake Superior.  My emotional repressed enneagram 3 self has just discovered that trip was a blast.  I look at the pictures beaming at my own initiative.  Roy will love this forever.  

Then I scroll forward. September.  The weekend I went home to pack up my childhood home and move my mom out.    I see a picture I took of the lake I grew up on in September.  I’m taken with its beauty.  I’m a good photographer and I am humble.  The sun is setting.  The sixty foot pines stand like a chorus line arms around each other lining the lake.  The sunset resting on their shoulders.  The lake is a mirror disrupted by the lily pads.  The highest thing in the sky, the sunset, symmetrically stands at my feet by the shoreline.  I make the picture my background on my computer.

I give myself a minute to enjoy it.  Then I spot the remnant of a bog that broke off and drifted across the lake.  It settled just to the right of my parents property line about 30 feet out from a point.  This now small island played host to the nesting efforts of the summer loons who were my mother’s sole companions when we weren’t there to fill her home up with chaos and grandkids.    

For as much as I love nature, I don’t care much for birds.  Even my chickens annoy me.  The loon is something to behold though.  Yes, it’s beautiful, but even more intoxicating than it’s form is the sound it makes.  Click here for an existential experience.  

For as many years as I can remember I loved being put to sleep by the sounds of the Mabel Lake.  It’s the spring peepers after the first thaw.  Eventually they concede the stage to the bullfrogs who croak in chorus. Sometimes the bass supplement with splashing noises as they nip at mayflies, but the first chair of nature’s chorus belongs to the loon.   Her cry haunts the lake with beauty.  

The loons have been our friends all the years that the Carney’s lived at N10445 Pine Shore Ln.  We celebrated their arrivals in the spring and eventually noted their departures in the fall.  We were disappointed the few summers in those 32 years when they didn’t make it back for one reason or another.  

My mom went back to pack up the last of her house by herself after moving out, a few last things.   The loons also departed at some point in that second week in September.  My mom said they flew over the house and cried their goodbye.  

“Goodbye loons of Mabel Lake … forever.  You filled our ears and hearts with so much beauty. Thank you.” That’s a good prayer too because Psalm 66:4 says that the loons praise God.

In the midst of my hypnotic reflecting filled with Gregorian chant, Mabel Lake pictures, I stared at the white wall in my office and used my stupefied voice to report to Taylor the story about the loons saying goodbye.  

She asked a question.   Do you think the loons said goodbye every year and your mom just notice it this year?

I will tell you two things I know.

In Exodus 3 Moses sees a bush burning.  There, at that burning bush, God initiates Moses ...  telling him to take off his sandals because he is on holy ground.   There’s a rabbinical tradition that says the bush was always burning and Moses was finally able to see it.

Likewise … there is a tradition that says that after the transfiguration, the difference was not Jesus, but rather the disciples who could finally see that Jesus was radiating glory.

Yes, Taylor, I think the loons are always said goodbye.  We finally heard them

I’ll tell you one last prayer …

God awaken us to your already present presence.  Amen.

Faith and Family Night

UBC is partnering with Baylor to support the first Faith and Family night for the women’s soccer team.  The game is at 7pm on October 20th.  We will be tailgating before the game starting at 6, just outside the baseball stadium.  Tickets are only $3!  There will be time for the kids to get on the field during halftime and participate in some games, and we will have a special time with the players afterwards hearing some of their testimonies, and UBC will gather around them to say a word prayer over them.  Make sure to put this on your calendar.  If you have any questions, email toph@ubcwaco.org or taylor@ubcwaco.org

South Waco Halloween Festival

We are helping our friends at the Community Center to throw the biggest Halloween party in Waco (last year we had over 5000 people).  The festival will be on Wednesday night, October 25th, from 6-8pm.  We would love for you to bring your family out to the event.  We also need a lot (I mean like 80 people a lot) of volunteers.  There will be a sign-up sheet the next two Sundays in the foyer.  Volunteers will need to arrive at 5:30pm, and will be done at 8pm.  Volunteers will receive a volunteer shirt to put over their costume for the festival.  If you have any questions, please contact toph@ubcwaco.org

Sunday School for Fall Break

Champions, due to fall break, 2 of our 3 Sunday School classes will be cancelled Sunday morning. The mental health in the bible class and the Old Testament classes will not be meeting this Sunday.  Cheers, the class where everyone knows your name and also the class studying the book of Acts WILL meet this Sunday as scheduled.  

In addition to our regular Sunday School Classes, our OAR Sunday School class focusing on the history and values of UBC, begins this Sunday.  This class will last three weeks. 

Town Hall

We will have a town hall this Sunday after church.  I'm going to be honest, at this point i'm waiting to get something back from our architect.  We talked last Thursday and he said they are working overtime to have stuff ready for this deadline.  So i'm not sure how long it will take, but regardless, we'll meet right after church.  

McLennan County Orphan Care #2

Our second meeting of this semester in which we are investigating how we can care for the orphan here in McLennan County, will take place on Wednesday October 18.  The potluck will start at 6:00 PM.  So bring a dish to share and ears to hear.  In this second meeting we will hear from Arrow Child and Family Ministries.  They will talk to us about foster care and adoption.  Child care will be provided.    

Drummer Auditions

UbcMusic is looking for a new drummer!  If you are interested in auditioning, email jamie@ubcwaco.org, or sign up in the lobby on Sunday.

Parents Night Out

UBC Kids is having a Parent's Night Out! From 6:30-9:30pm TONIGHT bring your kids to UBC for some supervised fun and games. Dinner is not provided. Please sign up this Sunday after church! There will be a sign up sheet by the front door, or you can email taylor@ubcwaco.org.

Auditions for a Christmas Production by InSite

UBC is hosting a Christmas production from InSite, a new arts organization presenting performing and visual arts around Waco. "The Second Shepherds Play" is a hilarious 500-year-old English nativity play, like the one Shakespeare would have grown up seeing. Performances are December 15 and 16, and UBCers are invited to audition! Visit www.insitewaco.com/2shep or write to luannpjennings@gmail.com for info. 

 

Work is Worship

Greeters: Richardsons 

Coffee Makers:  Kim & Val 

Mug Cleaners:  Andrew Sabonis-Chafee

Money Counter: Doug M. 

Announcements

  • Sunday Sermon: Exodus 32, "What Moses Learned About God" 
  • Mclennan County Orphan Care 2: Arrow Child and Family Ministries 10-18
  • SWCC Halloween Festival 10-25
  • Quarterly Leadership Team Meeting 10-29
  • The Big Meeting: our annual meeting with Finance, HR and Lead Team, 11-1
  • College Retreat, 11-3-15
  • Finance Team Meeting 11-9
  • McLennan County Orphan Care 3: CASA, 11-15

Do you have an emergency and need to talk to a pastor? 

254 413 2611

Leadership Team

If you have a concern or an idea for UBC that you’d like to share with someone that is not on staff, feel free to contact one of our leadership team members. 

Chair- Emma Wood:  emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Student Position: Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position: Leah Reed: Leah_Reed@baylor.edu

UBC Finance Team

Do you have a question about UBC’s financial affairs? Please feel free to contact any of your finance team members.

Josh McCormick: Josh.McCormick@dwyergroup.com

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Anna Tilson: Anna_Tilson@jrbt.com

Doug McNamee: douglas_mcnamee@baylor.edu

UBC HR Team

If you have concerns about staff and would like contact our human resources team, please feel free to email any of the following members.

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Liturgy 10-8-2017

This blog is a record of the call to worship, Scripture readings, and prayers from our Sunday liturgies.  If you are interested in writing something for the liturgy, or if you have a concern about any aspect of our liturgy, please email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Call to Worship

we have gathered to worship the Living God

to direct our attention
to the Creator and Sustainer of all that is

seeking to be formed into the way of Christ

to become people who love God
with our whole hearts, 
our whole souls,
our whole minds,
and all of our strength.

and who love our neighbors as ourselves

that we might live in the world
as bearers of the Kingdom of God

Amen.

 

 

 

Scripture

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

When God spoke all these words:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. 

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. 

When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”

Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”

Philippians 3:4b-14

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Setlist 10-8-2017

This was the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  Our songs were gathered with this in mind.  Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics.  Below the songs, you can find an example of one way you might think of these songs in light of this week's theme. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Songs:

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Heart Won't Stop by John Mark and Sarah McMillan

Mystery by Jameson McGregor (adapted from Charlie Hall)

Inbreaking by Jameson McGregor

Wandering by Jameson McGregor

Doxology

How They Fit In:

There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme. 

Just A Closer Walk With Thee: As we seek to discern what it means to be the presence of Christ in our time and place during Ordinary Time, we sang this song to express a desire to be formed more fully in the way of Christ, while also acknowledging that our pursuit of this task will be flawed.

Heart Won't Stop: This song offers us the chance to confess the relentless love of God.

Mystery: This song proclaims the story of the death, resurrection, and expected return of Christ, and offers this story to us as a cause for a transforming Hope in the midst of whatever affliction might befall us.

Inbreaking: This song is a petition for the Living God to break into the brokenness of the world and carry out God's work of re-Creation in our midst.

Wandering: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs.  This is what we said about Wandering then: We sang this song to confess our tendency to try to harness faith for our own means, and to give voice to the faithfulness of God despite this fact.

Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.

-JM

ITLOTC 10-6-17

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Ordinary Time

The Commune

All who believed were together and had all things in common;  they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. - Acts 2:44-45

As far as the consumption of art goes, I'm an architecture person.  I love cathedrals, but majority of the good ones are not in America, so that is a hobby confined mostly to google images.  The consolation prize isn't bad, though - I love looking at houses.  But let me be more specific.  My Zillow app is set to houses that were built before 1945, have at least three bedrooms (though I prefer four), and start at at least one million dollars.  I love second empire roof lines, but my first love is colonial brick homes.

When I see these homes for sale on Zillow, I engage in a mental exercise in which I live in these homes.  I'm wearing a Victorian suit complete with top hat and coat tails.  I make my way in the men's parlor where I inquire about caviar.  I'm something out of a Jane Austen novel, except that I still drive my scooter.  

Admittedly, these mental exercises are self-indulgent and fiscally impossible.  I'm currently reading a Parker Palmer book about vulnerability in circles of trust.  Palmer doesn't intend to pick on money per se, but points out that wealthy people are often the most alienated and lonely.  To make the same point with the other side of the coin, C.S. Lewis, in his depiction of hell, points out that scarcity creates community; that’s why hell is spread so far apart.  

So I've made an adjustment to my dreams.  I’ve found a twenty-million dollar, four-hundred acre, farm/lodge on Lake Superior that is for sale.  Instead of imagining myself as Mr. Darcy on a Vespa, I imagine my family and friends as a commune on this glorious property, sharing life and eating pretentious, free-range, GMO- free, fair-trade-happy animals and vegetables.  In addition to this, we share our values.  My role on the commune will be director and physical education teacher who also coordinates the book club to keep people focused on our counter-culture vision.  Imagine something like Homestead Heritage, only you can go to church wherever you want, and I’m the only one wearing overalls.  

The truth is, I may be even further from the commune than I am from my Victorian mansion.  But I have a start.  My sister’s family lives right next door to us.  My mom is about to move in for a few months, and I have chickens.  

But something wonderful has also happened in the meantime.  The Winns moved in with us while their house is finishing being built.  Every day and night for the last few weeks there have been 9 beating hearts in our house, and I can tell you: IT. IS. AWESOME!  It’s like I get to have a friend over every day.  Adam, AKA dad Winn, and I think highly of each other.  We direct a steady stream of praise towards each other’s ability and existence, and we love a lot of the same things.  So it’s not uncommon for us to watch football together 3 days a week.  In addition to this, there now seems to be an abundance of everything ... ideas, friendships, resources, food.  Just last night, I finished off a bag of Brennan’s Puffy Cheetos.  

A mud mask party with Mary K consultant Kelly Tetens.  Just one example of lively commune activity. 

A mud mask party with Mary K consultant Kelly Tetens.  Just one example of lively commune activity. 

To add to the excitement of nine people living in the same house, our oven died and then propane ran out on our grill.  So we’ve ordered take out more nights than is healthy.  It’s like one big party all the time.  

Then there’s the other unspoken benefits like, “Hey, I have to run to the gas station, can you watch my kids for 10 minutes?” And the, “Hey, I’m running to the grocery mart, does anyone need anything?”s.  It really does seem to me that more people makes life easier.  


I have to confess to you that I was a little nervous about this arrangement before it started.  9 people in one house.  I realize the person-to-living- space ratio in America is more generous than much of the world, but still I wondered if we could do this.  So when the Winns told us they might bunk with us for a few weeks, I put my commune aspirations on trail in my head.  Could I really do this if need be?  

Molly provided a  festive cake celebrating three weeks of "CL" or commune life. 

Molly provided a  festive cake celebrating three weeks of "CL" or commune life. 

And let me tell you, I’m ready to make the jump.  In the book of Acts, people did this kind of a thing, in part, because it was economically necessary.  But I also think there’s part of the Christian faith that can only be made sense of and lived into with the close proximity of people.  We need community.  

Parents Night Out

"UBC Kids is having a Parent's Night Out! From 6:30-9:30pm on Friday October 13 bring your kids to UBC for some supervised fun and games. Dinner is not provided. Please sign up this Sunday after church! There will be a sign up sheet by the front door, or you can email taylor@ubcwaco.org."

McLennan County Orphan Care #2

ur second meeting of this semester in which we are investigating how we can care for the orphan here in McLennan County, will take place on Wednesday October 18.  The potluck will start at 6:00 PM.  So bring a dish to share and ears to hear.  In this second meeting we will hear from Arrow Child and Family Ministries.  They will talk to us about foster care and adoption.  Child care will be provided.    

Finance Team Person

UBC is looking for a finance team member.  Our fearless fiscal warrior, Josh McCormick will be bringing his time of serving to a close.  Thanks Josh, for being a champion and sharing your money advice and knowledge.  You helped steer this ship into calmer waters.  As such we are in search of a new finance team person.  If you yourself would like to be considered or you would like to nominate someone, please email josh@ubcwaco.org.  I've included some information from the bylaws below: 

(A) Purpose.  The Finance Team shall exist for the following purposes:

a.     To serve as the primary advisory group for the Leadership Team in all budgetary and financial aspects of the church. 

b.    To oversee, in coordination with the ministerial staff, yearly budgetary processes, working to create a financial ministry plan in alignment with the ethos, mission and values of UBC.

c.     To advise the staff and Leadership Team on any emergency financial matters that may arise with regards to the physical infrastructure of the church building, as well as those matters pertaining to compensation and benefits of personnel.

d.    To assess the current financial status of the church on a monthly basis and advise the staff and Leadership Team on matters concerning changes in planned ministry expenses.

e.    To advise the Human Resources/Staff Support team on all financial matters regarding new and existing personnel, including available resources concerning salaries, salary increases, insurance, taxes, etc.

f.      To advise the church body on all matters relating to stewardship, financial integrity, etc.

(C)  Qualifications.  Finance Team members shall have been an active participant in the life of UBC for at least a year, have received at least a bachelors degree level of education (or roughly an equivalent amount of experience in business or finance,) and have at least a basic understanding of financial reports and budgets.

(E)  Term.  Finance Team members shall serve for a duration lasting up to five years.  All efforts shall be made by the Finance Team to ensure that no more than two members in a given year rotate off of Finance Team due to duration requirements. While they are encouraged to remain the full five years, members may voluntarily remove themselves from their position at any time. 

Work is Worship

Greeters: Walters 

Coffee Makers: Kaylin Campbell 

Mug Cleaners:  OOTP 

Money Counter: Hannah Kuhl 

Announcements

  • Sunday Sermon: "Proliferated God" Philippians 3:4b-14
  • Finance Team Meeting 10-9
  • Parents Night Out 10-13
  • Town Hall 10-15
  • Mclennan County Orphan Care 2: Arrow Child and Family Ministries 10-18
  • SWCC Halloween Festival 10-25
  • Quarterly Leadership Team Meeting 10-29
  • The Big Meeting: our annual meeting with Finance, HR and Lead Team, 11-1
  • College Retreat, 11-3-15
  • Finance Team Meeting 11-9
  • McLennan County Orphan Care 3: CASA, 11-15

Do you have an emergency and need to talk to a pastor? 

254 413 2611

Leadership Team

If you have a concern or an idea for UBC that you’d like to share with someone that is not on staff, feel free to contact one of our leadership team members. 

Chair- Emma Wood:  emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Student Position: Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position: Leah Reed: Leah_Reed@baylor.edu

UBC Finance Team

Do you have a question about UBC’s financial affairs? Please feel free to contact any of your finance team members.

Josh McCormick: Josh.McCormick@dwyergroup.com

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Anna Tilson: Anna_Tilson@jrbt.com

Doug McNamee: douglas_mcnamee@baylor.edu

UBC HR Team

If you have concerns about staff and would like contact our human resources team, please feel free to email any of the following members.

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com