ITLOTC 6-22-18

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Pentecost

A Word On the Absence of the Main Article

Friends.  As you might have now observed there is no full length main article here as is typically the case.  Here is how that unfolded.  On Monday I decided to write some of my thoughts on the current boarder crises.  Because that issue is fraught among our larger culture, I sent my writing to the leadership team to give them a chance to give me feedback.  As the week progressed I decided that instead I wanted to address the topic in my sermon on Sunday.  Verbal communication presents an opportunity that written word does not, and I think I'd like to take advantage of that.  

So thank you for being gracious and I hope to see you seen.  

best, josh

Waco Dives - Thursday at noon

This week we will be meeting at Guess BBQ.  You can find Guess @ 324 S 6th St, Waco, TX.

Volunteers Needed @ Brook Avenue

Our friend Wade is working at Brook Ave. this summer and needs some help.  He sent me the following email: 

Hey Josh and Toph,

I know summer is usually pretty cleared out of the people who volunteer for UBC, but I wanted to check if there might some people around who could volunteer for Brook Avenue's new summer program. We need volunteers during the lunch hour, and to help me build a couple basketball goals/tables. Anybody around who you think might be able to help? Thanks!

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Parishioner of the Week

The Burns triplets, Carlson girls, Wilhite kids and Eli for volunteering at the SWCC movie day which was a wild success.  

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Meet Our New Pastoral Associate

Name: Zach Williams 

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Why are you in Waco: Truett Seminary

Best Restaurant in Waco: Mexican: El Conquistador Anything else: Georges 

Book, Chapter, Bible verse that has been meaningful to you: Psalm 42 (not sure if you want a reason if so here it is: This Psalm has been the text i go back to when ever I feel like I can't connect to God) 

Film you like: LOTR/Star Wars(all of them)/ Brave Heart  I cant choose 

Tv Show you like: How I met your mother/Parks and Rec./ West Wing. I cant choose

Something we wouldnt know about you?: Currently #63572 on the GB Packers season ticket wait list. So catch me at Lambeau Field in 60ish years GO PACK. 

Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylocks are scheduled, but they just had a baby!  Yeah! 

Coffee Makers:  Nances

Mug Cleaners: Titterington

Money Counter:  Hannah Kuhl 

Welcome Station:   Palmer

Announcements

  • Sermon Text: Romans 13:1-10; 2 Samuel 21:1-14
  • 7-14 Trampoline Park Fun Day
  • 7-15 Town Hall  
  • 8-5 Cameron Park Picnic 
  • SWCC Movie Days @ UBC: 6-18, 7-9, 7-23

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

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy Nance <Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com>

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@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.

JD Newman: JD_Newman@baylor.edu 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Anna Tilson: Anna_Tilson@jrbt.com

Doug McNamee: douglas.mcnamee@gmail.com 

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 6-17-2018

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 One in whom we live
and move and have our being

the Father of all creation,
who cares for the suffering and lowly of the world

seeking to be formed more fully in the way of Christ

the One in whom the Father’s love was embodied,
who displayed for us how we might love one another

and to be shaped by the Spirit of God

to be formed in the way of Christ,
and to embody the love of the Father
in our living and moving in this time and place

Amen.

Scripture

Ezekiel 17:22-24

Thus says the Lord God:
I myself will take a sprig
from the lofty top of a cedar;
I will set it out.

I will break off a tender one
from the topmost of its young twigs;
I myself will plant it
on a high and lofty mountain.

On the mountain height of Israel
I will plant it,
in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,
and become a noble cedar.

Under it every kind of bird will live;
in the shade of its branches will nest
winged creatures of every kind.

All the trees of the field shall know
that I am the Lord.

I bring low the high tree,
I make high the low tree;
I dry up the green tree
and make the dry tree flourish.
I the Lord have spoken;
I will accomplish it.

Mark 4:26-34

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Prayer

Our Father's Day Prayer was adapted from a prayer on a blog called Ordinary Time, which I believe was adapted from a Father's Day mediation that was written by Kirk Loadman-Copeland:

Holy God, whom we call Father, we give you thanks for the people who have been fathers to us, and we pray for all sorts and conditions of fathers.

For fathers who have striven to balance the demands
of work, marriage, and children.

For fathers who, lacking a good model, have worked to become a good father.

For fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support.

For fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.

For fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives.

For fathers who, as stepfathers,
freely chose the obligation of fatherhood
and earned their stepchildren's love and respect.

For fathers who have lost a child to death,
and continue to hold the child in their heart.

For those who are about to become fathers for the first time.

For those men who have no children, but offer fatherhood to whomever might need it.

For those men who have "fathered" us in their role as mentors and guides.

And for those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and in the communion of your Saints, whose love continues to nurture us.

For all of these, we give you thanks.

In the midst of the complexity of emotions that surround days like this, we ask that you would hold our joy and pain together and use us to care for one another.

All this we ask of You who are both father and mother to us all, in the name of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Setlist 6-17-2018

Yesterday was the fourth Sunday after Pentecost, as well as Father's Day.  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:

Your Love Is Strong by Jon Foreman

Death In His Grave by John Mark McMillan

Rise Up by BiFrost Arts

Inbreaking by Jameson McGregor

Be Thou My Vision

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. 

Your Love Is Strong: We sang this song to begin our time by proclaiming God as our Father whose love is the strength that binds us together in life.

Death In His Grave: This song allows us to rehearse the story of Jesus' death and resurrection, the embodied expression of God's love for us.

Rise Up: We sang this song as a way of grasp for words to ask God to come to the defense of the families and children who are being separated by our government at the border.

Inbreaking: This song is a plea for God to enter into the brokenness of our time and place and set about redeeming it.

Be Thou My Vision: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs.  Here's what we said about Be Thou My Vision then: This song is a plea for God to be our vision, wisdom, security, and hope in the whole of our lives.

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 6-15-18

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Pentecost

The thing i keep getting emailed about (by jamie)

On Trinity Sunday a few weeks ago, I read an excerpt from N.T. Wright about the Trinity.  I’ve done this for the past few years, slightly re-editing the selection each time.  I’ve continued to edit it because the meaningful content from that section of For All God’s Worth is essentially an entire chapter, which I would never expect a room full of people to be able to focus on as I bumbled through the whole thing.  I posted this year’s version of that reading on the liturgy blog a few days after Trinity Sunday (side note: every Monday, I post a setlist blog with all the songs we sang, and every Wednesday, I post a liturgy blog with every word that was read, prayed, etc. in the service), but I wanted to use this week’s newsletter as an opportunity to offer a more complete look into what Wright is saying.  So I’m linking to some scans from the book, and if you just want to grab one thing to consider,  I’m including a brief excerpt here that goes beyond what I shared a few weeks ago.

So, you can find the pdf here.

And here’s an excerpt:

You see, the doctrine of the Trinity, properly understood, is as much way of saying ‘we don’t know’ as a way of saying ‘we do know’.  To say that the true God is Three and One is to recognize that if there is a God then of course we shouldn’t expect him to fit neatly into our little categories.  If he did, he wouldn’t be a God at all, merely a god, a god we might perhaps have wanted.  The Trinity is not something that the clever theologian comes up with as a result of hours spent in the theological laboratory, after which he or she can return to announce that they’ve got God worked out now, the analysis is complete, and here is God neatly laid out on a slab.  The only time they laid God out on a slab he rose again three days afterwards.  On the contrary:  the doctrine of the Trinity is, if you like, a signpost pointing ahead into the dark, saying: ‘Trust me; follow me; my love will keep you safe.’  Or, perhaps better, the doctrine of the Trinity is a signpost pointing into a light which gets brighter and brighter until we are dazzled and blinded, but which says: ‘Come, and I will make you children of light.’ The doctrine of the Trinity affirms the rightness, the propriety, of speaking intelligently about the true god, while at the same time affirming intelligently that the true God must always transcend our grasp of him, even our most intelligent grasp of him  As St Paul says, what matters isn’t so much our knowledge of God as God’s knowledge of us; not, as it were, the god we want but the God who wants us.  God help us, we don’t understand ourselves; how can we expect to understand that Self which stands beside our selves like Niagara beside a trickling tap?

All of this leaves me with two questions.  First, do we then need to say anything at all?  Isn’t it enough just to acknowledge that the whole thing is extremely mysterious and puzzling and leave it at that?  Mightn’t we just as well say that god is five and one, or fifteen and one, as that God is Three and One?  Second, and most important, what difference does it make in what we please to call ‘the real world’?

These two questions are in fact intimately linked.  We can make ‘intelligent’ missiles that can make war on one particular building hundred of miles away, but we don’t have an equivalent one that can make peace.  Might that be because we have worshipped the gods of war, but have forgotten about worshipping the prince of peace?  We can put a few men on the moon, but the free men who were standing between the Tutsis and the Hutus in Rwanda in 1994 had to be withdrawn for lack of funds and political will.  Might that be because we have worshipped the gods of technology, the gods who boost our own national security—the gods we have wanted, in other words—and have forgotten the god who asked Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’

You see, what you believe about God makes a difference to the way you respond to this god, and at the same time to the way you are in the world.  Let’s look at the options.  For most people in the Western world today, the word ‘god’ refers to a distant, remote being.  We can’t and don’t know very much about this being.  He may or may not have made the world, though if we say he did we have an uncomfortable feeling that the scientists are going to challenge us (despite people like John Polkinghorne in Cambridge, one of the finest scientists of our generation and also a leading Christian theologian).  This god may or may not intervene from time to time in the world, though he usually doesn’t.  He has, in fact, left us to muddle through as best we can; which usually means looking after our own interests, carving up the world, and perhaps each other, in our own way.  The cat’s asleep upstairs, and the mice—and perhaps the rats—are organizing the world downstairs.

That’s why this remote ‘god’ is the god that the Western world decided it wanted in the eighteenth century: a god to be cooly acknowledged for an hour or so on Sunday mornings, and ignored for the other hundred and sixty-seven hours in the week.  No wonder, when they did a survey not long ago, the great majority of people in the United Kingdom said they believed in ‘god’, but only a small minority regularly go to church.  If that’s what you believe about ‘god’—and it’s what a lot of our society still does believe, including (alas) some within the church—then any sense of worship or religious celebration because a vague ritual, a meaningless noise, which merely makes us feel a bit better about ourselves.  Is it any wonder that the rats are eating the dead after yet another massacre, and the dove is still locked up in the ark? Can such a god really be God?

As always, if you want to talk more about this, feel free to email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Waco Dives - Thursday at noon

Please join us this Thursday for some big time fellowship in the Lord at Taqueria El Mexicano Grille #9.  TEMG can be found @ 1420 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco, TX76710

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Parishioner of the Week

Meet Our New Pastoral Associate

As the year winds down (academically) the shift of changes are in the air.  That means the year of faithful service for One Val (Kilmer) Fisk and Dilan Braddock has come to an end.  We are grateful for their leadership and their champion efforts.  In light of the changes I'd like to introduce you to one of our new pastoral associates. 

Emmy Edwards

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why are you in Waco: I'm pursuing my master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Baylor

best restaurant in Waco: cannot decide between Lula Jane's and World Cup Cafe

book, chapter, or bible verse that has been meaningful to you: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton, John 4, and Isaiah 58

film you like: Rain Man

tv show you like: THE OFFICE

something we’d never know about you: I totally messed up my family's audition for Family Feud

 

Summer Movie Day with South Waco Community Center

This summer we are showing three movies at UBC, and inviting the summer day camp folks from the SWCC.  We would love for you to join us to watch the movie, as we are also inviting the families of the kids to join as well if they can.  The first movie day is coming up on Monday, June 18th at 1pm.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the lobby for a few people to help out after movie is over with cleaning and resetting the sanctuary.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org.

Work is Worship

Greeters: Richardsons 

Coffee Makers: Shanks 

Mug Cleaners: Nelson 

Money Counter:  Tilson

Welcome Station:  Carlson 

Announcements

  • Sermon Text: Mark 4:26-34; Ezekiel 17:22-24
  • 6/10-25 Thailand Mission Team in Thailand 
  • 7-14 Trampoline Park Fun Day 
  • 8-5 Cameron Park Picnic 
  • SWCC Movie Days @ UBC: 6-18, 7-9, 7-23

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

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy Nance <Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com>

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@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.

JD Newman: JD_Newman@baylor.edu 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Anna Tilson: Anna_Tilson@jrbt.com

Doug McNamee: douglas.mcnamee@gmail.com 

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

Setlist 6-10-2018

Yesterday was the third 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:

Wandering by Jameson McGregor

There's A Wideness In God's Mercy by Jameson McGregor (adapted from F. Faber)

Be Thou My Vision

Anthem by Leonard Cohen

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go by ubcmusic (arranged)

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. 

Wandering: We sang this song to celebrate God's faithfulness to us in the midst of our inevitable falling short of being the presence of Christ in our time and place during Ordinary Time.

There's A Wideness In God's Mercy: This song proclaims that God's mercy is beyond even our most generous definitions of mercy, and offers us a new way to conceive of the way God views us, and challenges us to rethink the way we think of other people.

Be Thou My Vision: This song is a plea for God to be our vision, wisdom, security, and hope in the whole of our lives.

Anthem: This song proclaims that Light finds its way into brokenness, and offers us hope to hold onto in the midst of darkness.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go: We sang this song to celebrate and cling to the transforming love of God.

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 6-8-18

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Pentecost

Everyone quarter or so I get a Patagonia catalog in the mail. I almost feel bad having them send it to me because I never order anything. The paper catalog--which requires the death of a tree along with the fossil fuels burned in transportation so that I can get the catalog--feels counter to the company’s environmental mission. But I do wander over to the Bear Mountain about once a year to buy a new pair of shorts, so there’s that.

I digress. When I get my catalog I do the same thing every time. I stare at the pictures and convince myself I’m going to get into the kind of shape that is required to participate in the activities that Patagonia’s environmentally awesome clothes aid one in. So I make a small plan. I will only consume alcohol on weekends. Ice cream only on Tuesday nights. But the big one always lurks in the background. Without fail, every healthy person I know does not drink soda. I trust that you can deduce how this reality threatens my existence. God loves Mountain Dew and me and most of all, me drinking Mountain Dew. So I shelve the Patagonia catalog and drink merrily.  

Recently I decided to give this a more serious try. When my mom was living with us this last winter she suggested I try tea as an alternative. So one night a few weeks ago, after playing some mad hoops with my brother-in-law, who was doubling as my chauffeur, we stopped at Chick-fil-A. Being the embodiment of self-control that I am, I decided to order unsweet tea while he munched on a chicken sandwich and fries. To my surprise, I enjoyed the tea. So the next day I got one at lunch. For about three weeks I drank soda intermittently, some days not at all, all the while chugging unsweet tea. Meanwhile, I worked on motivating myself. In my head, when I wasn’t reaching the top of Mt. McKinley, I was posing for the cover of People magazine and doing interviews for Men’s Fitness magazine. What a I success story I had become.  

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I have been preaching for almost 11 years now. At the beginning of year 10 something changed. Preaching become more effortless than it has ever been. In my first year of the job, I spent 10 hours reading commentaries, articles, and other items before writing my first word. Lately the whole process seems to take 5 hours, sometimes less. But then something crazy happened. A few weeks ago, it was like I ran into a brick wall. I couldn’t muster a creative or rhetorical thought from my whole body. It felt like I had never done this job before. Worse still, I began developing extreme bouts of anxiety. Having looked at the text on Monday, by that night I was convinced I had absolutely nothing to say and that by Sunday I would a laughingstock, having preached the worst sermon in the history of UBC. The anxiety was unusual for me, but the intensity of it was absurd. I would roll around restless for hours in bed at night. The pressure in my chest would widen. I had a constant fear living somewhere in my chest cavity.  

I pride myself on being able to control my emotions, or rather on not having them at all. So I would converse with my objective self.

“Why are you worried?”

“Because my sermon is going to be bad.”

“People will love you even if the sermon is bad.”

“No they won’t. I’m going to fail.”

“You’ll be fine. You have resources and people to help.”

“It’s all over. I need to turn in the jersey.”  

That kind of stuff. I knew something was up because this all seemed irrational to me. So I started naming my anxiety and telling a few people, among others, my wife. She helped me process, asked what had changed. The only thing I could identify was the tea. So I did some digging. Turns out that 12 ounces has roughly 2.5 the amount of caffeine that is in Mountain Dew. I would drink 3-4 glasses of tea in some settings. Now, I’m not a doctor, but I had wondered if the increase in caffeine coupled with a few natural small anxieties I was having was converging to create a storm in my physiological equilibrium.

***

Let me reiterate, I’m not a doctor. But since I’ve stopped drinking tea, my anxiety seems to have lessened. My theory about my anxiety could be wrong. But assuming I’m right, let me now make two observations: (1) In this scenario, let the record show that Mountain Dew turned out to be the healthier choice. (2) If I’m right, I look back on my anxiety and my sleepless nights--my panic--and I realize how fragile I am. How fragile my physiological makeup is. Something as simple as switching lunch beverages sent my body-heart-mind into chaos.  

A few years ago after some unimaginable act of violence that happened here in the US, Anne Lamott took to Facebook to say this: “Life has always been this scary here, and we have always been as vulnerable as kittens. Plagues and Visigoths, snakes and schizophrenia; Cain is still killing Abel and nature means that everyone dies. I hate this. It's too horrible for words. When my son was seven and found out that he and I would not die at the exact same second, he said, crying, ‘If I had known this, I wouldn't have agreed to be born.’ Don't you feel like that sometimes?”

Sometimes life can feel that way. We come up close to finitude through fragility and stare it in the face. We then realize we don’t have control.  I for one think, “Well that sucks.” But then I’m forced to reevaluate, and in my inventory I find my need for faith again. For now, I’ll take this gift.   

Waco Dives - Thursday at noon

Please join us this Thursday for some big time fellowship in the Lord at Double R burgers.  Double R can be found @ 1810 Herring Ave, Waco, TX 76708

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Parishioner of the Week

Will Knight for running the video and sound at the church picnic this last Sunday. 

Summer Movie Day with South Waco Community Center

This summer we are showing three movies at UBC, and inviting the summer day camp folks from the SWCC.  We would love for you to join us to watch the movie, as we are also inviting the families of the kids to join as well if they can.  The first movie day is coming up on Monday, June 18th at 1pm.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the lobby for a few people to help out after movie is over with cleaning and resetting the sanctuary.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org.

Work is Worship

Greeters: Ricky and Rose 

Coffee Makers: Dustin

Mug Cleaners: Latendresse 

Money Counter:  McNamee

Welcome Station: Broadduses 

Announcements

  • Sermon Text: Mark 3 "water than blood" 
  • 6/10-25 Thailand Mission Team in Thailand 
  • 7-14 Trampoline Park Fun Day 
  • 8-5 Cameron Park Picnic 
  • SWCC Movie Days @ UBC: 6-18, 7-9, 7-23

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.

JD Newman: JD_Newman@baylor.edu 

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

ITLOTC 6-1-18

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Youth Choir and Faithfulness
by Taylor

One extremely important part of my childhood faith development was participating in youth choir as a middle and high schooler. The church that I grew up attending had an extremely rich music program – and part of that was a high-school youth choir that had been around since my mom had participated in it in the 70’s. It was called Choraleers. And growing up I truly thought that being a choraleer was the COOLEST thing. And then, as most things go, when I got a chance to participate as a high-schooler it just became part of my normal, weekly schedule. I didn’t think of it as particularly cool or exciting – it was just something I did every week.

But looking back, it’s interesting to me, that so many of the things that are just part of my normal day-to-day life are the things that form me the most. Choraleers became more than just going to church every Sunday evening and singing with my friends or going on trips wearing matching T-shirts. Not in spite of but because of the fact that it was a normal part of my life it taught me so much about faithfulness – about being a part of a community that supports one another, about showing up even when you aren’t sure you want to, and about being committed to something even when the emotional high wears off. 

To this day I will still sometimes find that I have a song stuck in my head and when I stop to think about what song it is it’s some song we sang in Choraleers. That happened to me this week when I read Psalm 139 which is one of the Psalms in the Lectionary texts for the week. Psalm 139 says this:

O LORD, you have searched me and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.

You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

I try to count them -- they are more than the sand; I come to the end -- I am still with you. 

- Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

(If you’re wondering the song that popped into my head is this one. I have many memories of singing it in various place.)

And so, as I read through Psalm 139 this week I thought about how I have known these words for years and years – and how they have served various functions in my life. They were learned by rote as lyrics to a song, they’ve served as a balm on days when I doubted my own worth or value, and somedays they serve as a challenge to me when my faith is small. But today they are a comfort – in a different way than they ever could have been a comfort to my teenage self. V.6 and V.18 in particular are a comfort to me now – in a season where God seems bigger than I can comprehend it is helpful to be reminded that that is a comforting thing. That a God bigger than my imagination is a God bigger than me, a God who understands more than I do, a God whose plan is infinitely better than mine.

This would not have been a comforting thought to me as a 17 year old, when I liked my world (and my god) to be small and understandable. But part of being faithful, I have learned, means understanding that things will change, that I will change, that the things I am comforted by will change, and even that I what I think about God might change. But God does not. When I come to my own end – I am still with God. It’s a lesson I started learning in youth choir, one that I’m still learning today. And I’d imagine that I’ll still be learning it for years to come. And I am thankful that God will be with me all the way. I hope that thought is a comfort to you today as well.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any of this, feel free to email taylor@ubcwaco.org.

After Church Picnic 

We live in Texas, and it has decided to be unreasonably hot already, so we are changing our plans.  This Sunday after church, we are going to picnic indoors.  Bring your food to church, or go grab it and come back afterwards.  UBC will be providing drinks, as well as serving up Steel City Pops for dessert.  This is a great time to connect with other UBC’ers, and see who is going to be around for summer.  We will also have some yard games going on, as well as summer classic movie playing in the background.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org.  See you all on Sunday.

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Waco Dives - Thursday at noon

Hey friends it's that time of the year when we start up our weekly lunch at local dive.  This week we will be eating at The Catch.  The Catch can be found @ 1230 N Valley Mills Dr #700, Waco, TX 76710.  

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Parishioner of the Week

Haleigh Culverhouse for winning the award for best social student in the universe at Baylor.  

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Liturgy 5-27-2018

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 Creator and Sustainer of all that is

the One in whom we live and move and have our being

we have gathered to devote our attention
to the Word who became flesh

the One who has entered into our condition,
shared in our suffering,
and shown us what love is

we have gathered to embrace the Spirit of God

the One who dwells among us as Advocate and Comforter,
and is making all things new

hoping to be formed in the way of Christ

that we might be the Body of Christ in the world.

amen.

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