Setlist 2-19-2017

This week was the seventh Sunday of Epiphany, and 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 recordings from Sunday morning of a few of them, and below the recordings, there is 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:

Amazing Grace by Citizens & Saints

Rise Up by Bifrost Arts

How Great Thou Art

Lifted/Lifting by Jameson McGregor

Holy, Holy, Holy

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. 

Amazing Grace: We sang this song to begin our time together acknowledging the grace of God as it is revealed in the person of Jesus, and the way that this grace has impacted and continues to impact our lives.

Rise Up: This song contrasts the disposition of the God of justice with the inconsistent presence of justice in the world, and rises to a plea for God to act and set things right in the world.  It serves a double-purpose: to confess the truth about who God is and to raise a petition for God to show up, and also to remind ourselves of the way we should seek to conduct ourselves in the world if we are to call ourselves people of God.

How Great Thou Art: This song is an exercise in wonder.  It allows us to practice connecting the wonders of creation, the redemption story that unfolds in the Bible, and the reconciliation Hope we carry, to the One who is responsible for all of them.  This is ultimately the same function of the season of Epiphany.

Lifted/Lifting: This song is about being more fully formed in the way of Christ.  When we encounter the Person of Jesus through the Bible, a sermon, etc., we are unable to erase this experience, and are thus changed in some way.  When we embrace that Person and seek to become more like him, we are further changed.  Somewhere in the midst of this, one might say that a veil is lifted, revealing both who God is and who we are.  But the journey toward being formed in the way of Christ is a life-long pursuit.  We keep changing and the veil keeps lifting.  This song confesses this reality, and asks that the Spirit would continue to transform us, to cultivate the fledgling Hope we carry into full bloom, and to spread the fruit of this hope through the world where the Light is not overcome, yet there is still darkness. 

This song is still a work in progress, but I recorded a rough demo of the way it exists now, in the event that you want to listen again:

Holy, Holy, Holy: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs.  This is what we said about Holy, Holy, Holy last week: We began with this song to start off our morning calibrating our attention to the Triune God, confessing that our comprehension of God is blurred by our human condition, yet also confessing what we do know to be true: God's might, mercy, power, love, and lordship over all of creation. 

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 2-17-17

 

Liturgy 2-12-2017

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

God of justice, we have gathered to direct our attention to You

though our minds are pulled in many directions
grant us the peace of this hour to find rest in You

Drawing near to Your transforming Love

re-form our hearts in the way of Christ
so that we direct our attention to you in all of our hours

And re-calibrate our lives

so that we live as citizens of Your Kingdom.

 

Amen

Scripture

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Moses said, “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess.

But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”

Matthew 5:21-37

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”

Setlist 2-12-2017

Setlist 2-12-2017

 

ITLOTC 2-10-17

 

Black History Month Interview 1

During February, we are taking a cue from Black History Month and making an effort to talk about race and diversity in our liturgy.  We've never done this before, so we are laying a foundation to build upon in years to come.  The primary way this will be present in our liturgies is through a series of interviews with ubcer's about their experience as a person of color and how the Hope of Christ connects to that part of who they are.

Our first interview was with Kerri Fisher, a social worker, writer, and all around wonderful human being.  You can listen to the interview here:

Kerri has also been working on a podcast called On Ramp, that you can (and should) check out here.  The conversations all center around matters of race and faith, and link through to several articles, videos, etc. for further reading.  

Liturgy 2-5-2017

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 all

Seeking rest, meaning, 
hope, and transformation

God, in our singing, praying, and listening,

Shape us into the people You
have made us to be

People who know You and one another

The way Jesus did

Amen.

Scripture

Isaiah 58:1-12

Shout out, do not hold back!
Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people their rebellion,
to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments,
they delight to draw near to God.

“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day,
and oppress all your workers.
Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.

Such fasting as you do today
will not make your voice heard on high.
Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.

The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places, 
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water, 
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.

Matthew 5:13-20

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Setlist 2-5-2017

This week was the fifth Sunday of Epiphany, and Josh's sermon text was Matthew 5:13-20.  Our songs were gathered with both of these things 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 recordings from Sunday morning of a few of them, and below the recordings, there is 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:

Pulse by Jameson McGregor

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

SMS [Shine] by David Crowder* Band

Rise Up by Bifrost Arts

Wayward Ones by The Gladsome Light

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. 

Pulse: We sang this song to begin our time together confessing that we have been selective with the way that we have practiced love in the way of Christ, and petitioning the Spirit to recreate us into a people who relate to one another as God has revealed to us through Jesus.

There's A Wideness In God's Mercy: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs.  This is what we said about There's A Wideness In God's Mercy then: Through the Beatitudes, the fourth week of Epiphany allows us to consider the upside-down logic of the Kingdom that Jesus came proclaiming.  Those who are truly blessed do not necessarily look like it when viewed through the lens of prosperity that our culture has offered us.  This song carries a similar theme in that it proclaims God's love to be broader than our minds can handle, and God's strictness to be much more malleable than we expect. 

SMS [Shine]: This song both celebrates the "shining" of Epiphany, and also functions as a petition for God to continue to shine in the world through the Church.  The Light that the Church carries is revealed when people who are being formed in the Way of Christ relate to God and one another as Jesus did, rehearsing his story with their lives.

Rise Up: This song is a lament that highlights vulnerable and forgotten people and petitions God to rise up and defend them.  It also petitions God to strengthen God's people as they live as strangers in a strange land.  There's sort of a double-meaning in this song.  It equal parts asks God to do what we cannot, and asks God to enable us to do what it seems we cannot.  This tension is all over the Christian faith.  Because God is in the habit of using the weak to overcome the strong.

Wayward Ones: We sing this song every time we take communion to remind ourselves of a couple of things.  First, we are a broken people--though we are seeking to become more like Jesus, we often fail at this.  Second, Christ has given Himself for us despite our brokenness.  We take communion to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, even though we did not, and do not, deserve it.

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 2-3-17

Liturgy 1-29-2017

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

God, You have told us what is good
And what You require of us

To do justice
To love kindness
To walk humbly with You

And you have revealed to us the way a life like this looks:

The Word became flesh,
Drew near to the world’s mess
 took notice of the Other, 
the weak and lowly
and shamed the mighty.

 

Spirit of Life, we have gathered that You
might form us in the way of Christ,

fit us for Your kingdom,
and change us into people of
justice, kindness, and humility

Amen

Scripture

Micah 6:1-8

Hear what the Lord says:
Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord,
and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for the Lord has a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you?
In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you from the house of slavery;
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”

“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Psalm 15

Eternal One, who is invited to stay in Your dwelling?
    Who is granted passage to Your holy mountain?

Here is the answer: The one who lives with integrity, does what is right,
    and speaks honestly with truth from the heart.
 
The one who doesn’t speak evil against others
    or wrong his neighbor,
    or slander his friends.
 
The one who loathes the loathsome,
    honors those who fear the Eternal,
And keeps all promises no matter the cost.
 
The one who does not lend money with gain in mind
    and cannot be bought to harm an innocent name.

If you live this way, you will not be shaken and will live together with the Lord.

Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Prayer

Not available at the time of posting--check back in the future.

Setlist 1-29-2017

This week was the fourth Sunday of Epiphany, and Josh's sermon text was the Beatitudes.  Our songs were gathered at the intersection of these two themes.  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 recordings from Sunday morning of a few of them, and below the recordings, there is 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:

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

All the Poor and Powerless by All Sons & Daughters

Future/Past by John Mark McMillan

Burn It Down 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. 

There's A Wideness In God's Mercy: Through the Beatitudes, the fourth week of Epiphany allows us to consider the upside-down logic of the Kingdom that Jesus came proclaiming.  Those who are truly blessed do not necessarily look like it when viewed through the lens of prosperity that our culture has offered us.  This song carries a similar theme in that it proclaims God's love to be broader than our minds can handle, and God's strictness to be much more malleable than we expect. 

All the Poor and Powerless: We sang this song to celebrate God's presence among the poor, the powerless, the criminal, the stranger, and all of those who feel hopeless or abandoned.  This song serves as a reminder to us of where God stands in conflicts between the powerful and the oppressed, which also serves as a reminder of where we are to stand if we are to be where God is.

Future/Past: This song charts the distance between who God is and who we are, yet notes that God has transgressed this division, drawn near to us, and called us friends.  We offer God nothing that God doesn't already have--God has nothing to gain from drawing near to us--yet it is fundamental to who God is to welcome us strangers into God's presence.  In our weakness, God calls us blessed. And we would do well to remember that God calls all sorts of the cast-out, rejected, and afflicted blessed as well.  With that in mind, if we are to claim to be the people of God, we are bound to offer the divine welcome to all of those people as well.

Burn It Down: This song was originally written for Pentecost 2016.  It is a petition for the Holy Spirit to set a fire on our tongues to speak the truth to power for the purpose of standing alongside the parts of God's creation (creatures and otherwise) that are trampled or taken advantage of.

Mystery: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs.  This is what we said about Mystery then: In coming to know the Person of Jesus, we encounter a multi-faceted Mystery.  This Person who is infinite, yet finite; divine, yet human; weak, yet strong; defeated, yet victorious; comes to us and calls into question all we think we know to be true about the world.  Jesus' identity as Mystery is one of the primary reasons we so desperately need Epiphany to renew our holy curiosity every year--sometimes we forget that we don't have Jesus figured out.  This song takes the Mystery of Jesus and champions it using the "formula" of Christ has died//Christ is Risen//Christ will come again, as the chorus.  The verses are about the way that Jesus' mystery status meets us in our own lives from without.  Here Jesus is the answer to our problems: the sanity and clarity that enters our dissonance, and the evergreen living peace that enters our conflict.  But Jesus is also the question to our assumptions about the world: the Eternal Word who is brought low, the cup of salvation that is poured out, the Embodied Love that is broken, and the Trampled Redeemer that is raised and freed.  Taken together the verses and chorus of this song champion Jesus as our source of hope when things seem irredeemable--because we learn that Jesus is not limited by what we expect of the way the world works.  So in the bridge section, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus as a symbol of holy subversion to the power structures of the world, and take up singing about this subversion as our own way to subvert oppressive systems of power. 

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 1-27-17

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Epiphany

The Discerning Community

Matthew 18:15-20

15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
 

Year A in the lectionary makes extensive use of Matthew.  This being the case, I wanted to make a kind of hermeneutical observation about the book.  N. T. Wright argues that Jesus’s presence in the discerning community is one of the themes of the book (see v 20).  Having worn Wright’s idea for a couple of years, I think he is correct.  Matthew says so many important things for and about the community, but at the heart of it is the reality that none of it, including the sermon on the mount, works well without the presence of the community.  

Let me change directions for a minute.  I have a friend from the Homestead Heritage who recently sent me a book to read about the community’s formation.  Most of the book is dedicated to the origins and development of Anabaptist history.  That history includes some brutal and heartless persecution of Anabaptists which included the murder of women and children.  Some of that persecution lasted all the way up until the first world war and occurred on American soil.  As I was reading this I was reminded of how costly following Jesus can be.  I find reading the account of the martyrs to be an important practice from time to time because it reminds me how high the stakes can get, like they did for 20th century German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed for standing up to the Nazis.   

I think it’s important to acknowledge that ultimate sacrifice so that I can talk about another form of it..  There is another costly part of Christianity, and while it won’t cost you your life, it will cost you your right to privacy.  I have made a discovery about myself in these last few years.  If I don’t feel safe enough in a relationship to disagree, even have a good fight, then I tend not to value the relationship as much as one where I can.  This surprises me.  I am by nature very conflict averse, and yet I’ve discovered that relationships that can handle conflict and survive it tend to lend themselves to a kind of intimacy that’s unique to those relationships.  

So Matthew gives us a model for this.  If someone has offended you, talk to them about it.  If they are belligerent, get the opinion of another and the two of you confront them.  If that doesn’t work then get the whole church involved; and if even that doesn’t work, it’s time to cut ties.  


I don’t think Paul had in mind something like UBC.  There are about 500 of us and even Toph, Jamie and myself couldn't tell you who everyone is.  That matters because being given the right to speak into someone’s life is a privilege that is earned, yet the truth is we can’t possibly invite 500 people into our lives in a meaningful way.  

Paul’s church was likely a house church and if it got too big, they’d probably split and then plant like monkey grass.  So inviting the church in probably meant something like 50 people - maybe not even that many.  So it’s worth asking though:  Do you engage in this kind of costly Christianity?  Do you have one or two people, maybe even 50 that you trust enough to let them tell you that you are wrong?  It’s daunting and it’s painful and it’s necessary.  Think about it.     

Giving Statements

If you have made a financial contribution this year that could have been recorded in our records, you should have a giving statement available for your tax return in the lobby of UBC this Sunday the 29th, and next Sunday February 5th.  Statements not picked up either of those Sundays will be mailed.  

Thailand Missionary Partners    

This Sunday, January 29th, the missionaries we work with in Thailand will be at UBC, and they would love to meet you.  This is a great time to get know the family, and learn more about our work in Thailand.  We will be in the Backside from 9:30-10:15 on Sunday morning, and there will be coffee and kolaches.  Please take a few moments to come back and introduce yourself, and get to know the folks we work with on the other side of the globe.  If you have any questions, please contact toph@ubcwaco.org

Parents Night Out 

will take place next Friday night from 6-9, February 3rd at UBC.  Interested parents can sign up this Sunday or email josh@ubcwaco.org.  

Leadership Team Meeting

lease be in prayer for our leadership team which meets this Sunday night for our quarterly leadership team meeting.  If you would like to put forth an item to be discussed or considered please email any of our leadership team members whose emails can be found at the bottom of the newsletter. 

Enneagram Workshop

One of our ministry partners, Baylor Spiritual Life, is hosting and enneagram workshop.  Interested persons should email kristen_richardson@baylor.edu for more information.  

Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylocks

Coffee Makers: 

Mug Cleaners: Chase Potter 

Money Counter: Doug

Announcements

  • Sunday Sermon:  Matthew 5:1-12 "Meeting Jesus Again: Paradigm Shifter"
  • February 12th - Love Lovefeast
  • February 18--The Middle Ages -- TBA
  • March 1st - Ash Wednesday
  • March 18-- The Middle Ages -- TBA
  • April 2-- UBC Families @ Soccer Fields -- More Info to Come 
  • April 7th and 8th - Spring Retreat (Freshman/Sophomores)
  • April 13th - Maundy Thursday
  • April 14th - Good Friday
  • April 16th - Easter
  • April 22--The Middle Ages Baylor Theatre production of the comedy NOISES OFF— 
  • April 30th - Mr. Rogers Sund
  • April 30th - Graduate Luncheon
  • May 2nd - Study Hall 

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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- Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Joy Wineman: joy.wineman@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

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Emma Wood: emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

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.

Maxcey Blaylock: maxceykite@gmail.com

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Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

 

Liturgy 1-22-2017

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 One
who is our Light and our salvation

Seeking clarity, courage, and curiosity

Eternal, as we sing, pray, and listen,

Shape our minds to mirror the mind of Christ

And let us find in him a unity

a unity that anchors our hearts in your Kingdom
and our concerns in the needs of the Other

Amen

Scripture

Psalm 27:1, 5-13

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? 
the Lord is the strength of my life;
of whom then shall I be afraid?
One thing have I asked of the Lord;
one thing I seek; 
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;
To behold the fair beauty of the Lord
and to seek the Lord in the Lord’s temple.

For in the day of trouble the Lord shall keep me safe in the Lord’s shelter; 
The Lord shall hide me in the secrecy of the Lord’s dwelling
and set me high upon a rock.
Even now the Lord lifts up my head
above my enemies round about me.

Therefore I will offer in the Lord’s dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness; 
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; 
have mercy on me and answer me.

You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." 
Your face, Lord, will I seek.
Hide not your face from me, 
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
You have been my helper;
cast me not away; 
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Matthew 4:18-23

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Prayer

This week's prayer was taken from The Iona Community Worship Book (p.81):

There is no pain in our hearts or in our planet
That you do not know,
For you have touched the lowest places on earth

Teach us to grieve with you, O Christ, the loss of
All the beauty that is being killed.

There is no place in the heavens that cannot be touched by your resurrection presence,
For you fill all things

Give us strength in your victory over death
To grow into your way of love,
Which does not despair but keeps sowing seeds of hope
And making signs of wholeness.

Under Christ's control all the different parts of
The body fit together and the whole body is held
Together by every joint with which it is provided.

Teach us to know our interconnectedness
With all things.
Teach us to grow with each other
And all living creatures through love.

Setlist 1-22-2017

This week was the third Sunday of Epiphany, and 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 recordings from Sunday morning of a few of them, and below the recordings, there is 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:

Come Thou Fount

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Your Love Is Strong by Jon Foreman

Mystery by Jameson McGregor (adapted from Charlie Hall)

Crown Him With Many Crowns 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. 

Come Thou Fount: We sang this song to enter into the mindset of encountering anew a God with whom we have a history.  As we continue our journey through Epiphany and meet Jesus again, we do so looking back on our own stories of God's faithfulness to us through the process of coming to know God and coming to let go of things we came to know about God that ended up being refined over time.

Just A Closer Walk With Thee: This song expresses a desire to be more fully formed in the way of Christ.  As we meet Jesus anew during Epiphany, this song puts language to this coming-to-know and joins it with a further desire of coming-to-be-more-like Jesus.

Your Love Is Strong: This song begins with a plea for the Kingdom to come in our world and in the immediate vicinity of our lives.  We sang this song primarily to give voice to that plea.  In coming to know Jesus, we come to know the Kingdom that he brought with him.  This Kingdom has come and is coming.  So the plea we made in this song is both for God to more fully form us into Kingdom people in the present, and for God to bring about the Kingdom in fullness in the future.

Mystery: In coming to know the Person of Jesus, we encounter a multi-faceted Mystery.  This Person who is infinite, yet finite; divine, yet human; weak, yet strong; defeated, yet victorious; comes to us and calls into question all we think we know to be true about the world.  Jesus' identity as Mystery is one of the primary reasons we so desperately need Epiphany to renew our holy curiosity every year--sometimes we forget that we don't have Jesus figured out.  This song takes the Mystery of Jesus and champions it using the "formula" of Christ has died//Christ is Risen//Christ will come again, as the chorus.  The verses are about the way that Jesus' mystery status meets us in our own lives from without.  Here Jesus is the answer to our problems: the sanity and clarity that enters our dissonance, and the evergreen living peace that enters our conflict.  But Jesus is also the question to our assumptions about the world: the Eternal Word who is brought low, the cup of salvation that is poured out, the Embodied Love that is broken, and the Trampled Redeemer that is raised and freed.  Taken together the verses and chorus of this song champion Jesus as our source of hope when things seem irredeemable--because we learn that Jesus is not limited by what we expect of the way the world works.  So in the bridge section, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus as a symbol of holy subversion to the power structures of the world, and take up singing about this subversion as our own way to subvert oppressive systems of power. 

Crown Him With Many Crowns: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs.  This is what we said about Crown Him With Many Crowns then: During Epiphany, the lectionary carries us through a series of texts that reveal something about the way in which Jesus is God-with-us.  Last week's Gospel text showed Jesus crowned with the Holy Spirit, and God claiming him as God's son.  This week's text had John the Baptist pointing to that coronation, and we joined in that pointing in singing this song.

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 1-20-16

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Epiphany

Holy Curiosity

This past Sunday, Josh pointed out that he and I have gone back and forth on whether or not Epiphany should be classified as a day or a season.  There seems to be literature to suggest either, and we have encountered people practicing traditions that embrace both of them.  The more I think about it, though, the more it seems that ubc would be well-served to consider it a season.  With that in mind, here’s how the liturgical calendar breaks down: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent (Ash Wednesday-Holy Saturday), Easter (Easter-Pentecost), and Ordinary Time (1st Sunday after Pentecost-Christ the King Sunday).  [I’m working on a graphic that integrates the seasons and ubc’s core values to highlight what this means for our liturgy thematically—stay tuned for that.]

Advent is a season of darkness.  It’s important because it reminds us just how badly we need a Light.  Christmas and Epiphany are seasons of Light.  They are important because they acquaint us with the Light that comes into the darkness, and help us to understand what being caught up in that Light means for us and our discipleship.  Furthermore, these seasons prepare us to enter the wilderness of Lent.

Epiphany is the coming-to-understand that comes along with the Light entering the darkness at Christmas. During Epiphany, we ask God to reveal to us what God wants us to know about who God is, and what God wants us to know about who we are.  The Gospel texts during this season center on Jesus’ early life and ministry, which is great, because when we become reacquainted with Jesus, we are able to engage anew the question of what God would have us know about God and us. 

It is fitting, then, that Josh’s sermons have carried the theme of meeting Jesus again (I think that’s actually his sermon title for this week).  Being formed in the way of Christ often means meeting Jesus more than once.  There is only one Jesus, but Jesus is a person we come to know through lenses that are made up of either the faith tradition in which we walk, the culture in which we are formed, the trajectories of our theological thought, or some combination of those things.  And over time, as we are more fully formed in the way of Christ, these lenses can begin to cloud, and need recalibrating.  This can be frustrating, but I think it is much less-so when we come to expect it—when we learn to consistently approach Jesus with a holy curiosity that assumes we have more to learn about the Word-made-flesh, never getting to a place where we fool ourselves into thinking that we know all there is to know about him.  This curiosity impulse is what Epiphany helps us cultivate.

So, in the coming weeks, as we meet Jesus in our lectionary texts, do your best to assume you don’t already know who it is you are meeting.  Assume that there is more that God wants to teach you about Godself through Jesus, and that in this reacquainting, God is forming you more fully into who you were made to be.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of this, or want to discuss it further, email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Sunday School

Sunday School begins this Sunday.  Here is a list of the classes and a brief description of each.

Marginal Christianities (Led by Gerhard and Tylor in the Red Room)

Each week we will read a short text by a lesser known figure from early Christianity and discuss its implications for our own lives, work, and thought about God. Come if you want to learn from the neglected, the marginal, and the ancient voices of the Christian church.

The Rich Root of the Olive Tree//MINOR PROPHETS (Led by Jamey in the Rock n Roll Room)

Paul says in Romans 11 that we Gentiles--wild olive branches--have been "grafted in" to the people of Israel--God's cultivated olive tree. By grace and in Christ, Israel's spiritual heritage is our spiritual heritage. This semester, we will explore the Minor Prophets, or the "Book of the Twelve," to learn more about the Spirit that dwells in us and the God whom we have come to know in Jesus. We will move through the texts at about one prophet per lesson by discussing a major passage from his writings as well as the major themes of his work. The prophets are notoriously difficult texts, but studying them is deeply rewarding and offers us a glimpse into the heart of God.

Order of the Phoenix

Our middle school youth group will be meeting in the game room (room in back by bathrooms) to do a study on the scripture and the Hobbit.  If you have a child (5-8 grade) who would like to come and follow Bilbo and the Bible to the Battle of Five Armies, then join them send them to this SS class. 

Middle Ages Dinner

Please email jeff_walter@baylor.edu if you are a middle ager who would love to join this riveting adventure: 

Enneagram Workshop

One of our ministry partners, Baylor Spiritual Life, is hosting and enneagram workshop.  Interested persons should email kristen_richardson@baylor.edu for more information.  

 

New Leadership Team Members

Giving Joy's wonderful blogpost, it should now be evident that we are looking for new leadership team members.  If you were at our December town hall then you heard me announce that the leadership team decided in their October meeting to add two leadership team positions specifically for college students.  It is a kind of quota.  The only qualification or difference between the seven current seats for leadership team and these two additional student spots, is that the student spots will be one year commitments with the chance to renew for three years as opposed to the current three year commitment the other leadership team spots require.  

So if you would like to be serve or nominate someone else to serve please fill out our nomination form.  

Here are some things to consider from the bylaws:  

(A) Purpose.  The Leadership Team shall be the primary decision-making body of UBC.  The Leadership Team will oversee all the business and property of the church, as well as make the final decisions regarding hiring and dismissal of staff and the acquisition and selling of assets that are beyond budgetary provisions. 

(B) Composition.  The Leadership Team shall consist of nine members, two which are university level students, of the UBC community that are not staff, finance team or human recourses and support team.

(C) Qualifications.  Each member of Leadership Team shall have been a member of UBC for at least one year, exhibited an understanding and commitment to the mission and values of the church, and be willing to fulfill all responsibilities in the Leadership Team job description.

UBC’s Thailand Partnership

We have some exciting news: the missionaries we work with in Thailand our coming for a visit the weekend of January 29th.  They will be sharing more about their work in Thailand during the service that Sunday, and we will also have a time for you to get to know them.  On Sunday, January 29th, please join us in the Backside for coffee and fellowship.  At 9:30am, during the Sunday School hour, we will  be hanging out in the Backside with coffee and snacks, and this will be an opportunity for you to get to know our partners in Thailand better.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org

Work is Worship

Greeters: Rachel, Carson, Christian 

Coffee Makers: Karen Carney 

Mug Cleaners:  The Cooleys 

Money Counter:   Anna Tilson 

Announcements

  • Sunday Sermon:  Meeting Jesus Again: Vocation Finder Matthew 4:12-25
  • The Middle Ages January 21--Restaurant 1424 at 6:30pm
  • Quarterly Leadership Team Meeting is January 29th
  • February 3-- Parents Night Out -- More Info to Come 
  • February 12th - Love Lovefeast
  • February 18--The Middle Ages -- TBA
  • March 1st - Ash Wednesday
  • March 18-- The Middle Ages--TBA
  • April 2-- UBC Families @ Soccer Fields -- More Info to Come 
  • April 7th and 8th - Spring Retreat (Freshman/Sophomores)
  • April 13th - Maundy Thursday
  • April 14th - Good Friday
  • April 16th - Easter
  • April 22--The Middle Ages Baylor Theatre production of the comedy NOISES OFF— 
  • April 30th - Mr. Rogers Sund
  • April 30th - Graduate Luncheon
  • May 2nd - Study Hall 

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- Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Joy Wineman: joy.wineman@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Emma Wood: emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

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.

Maxcey Blaylock: maxceykite@gmail.com

Mathew Crawford: mathewcrawford@yahoo.com

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Liturgy 1-15-2017

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 behold the Lamb of God
Who takes away the sins of the world

But our eyes struggle to see Him clearly

God, as we sing, pray, and listen

transform the way we see

Not only to see how You are with us

but how You would have us
be with one another

Amen

Scripture

Psalm 40:1-12

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    the Lord inclined to me and heard my cry.
The Lord drew me up from the desolate pit,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.

The Lord put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.
Happy are those who make
    the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
    to those who go astray after false gods.

You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
    they would be more than can be counted.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
    but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.

Then I said, “Here I am;
    in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is within my heart.”
I have told the glad news of deliverance
    in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
    as you know, O Lord.

I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.
Do not, O Lord, withhold
    your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    keep me safe forever.

For evils have encompassed me
    without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
    until I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails me.

 

John 1:29-42

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 

And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” 

They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 

He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

Prayer

This week's prayer was written in conjunction with this video that our friends from Jesus Said Love asked us to show:

God of the Vulnerable, 

Our world is plagued with broken systems that protect one another.  

Somewhere in that nest of brokenness, is the trafficking industry.  

God, this evil feels too great for us to combat, but let it not be too great for You.

For those who are at risk of being trafficked, we ask that you would protect them, surrounding them with people who care for them and who notice them.

For those who have been trafficked, we ask that you would continue to be with them in their pain, cultivating hope, but more than this, we ask that you would deliver them and set them on a path to healing and wholeness.

For those organizations whose work it is to seek and save the trafficked and combat the systems that sustain their plight, we ask that you would give them strength, wisdom, and courage.

And for those who traffic, we pray that Your Light would come to them, setting fire to the evil they have cultivated, and that from the ashes, you would form them into something new. 

We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, the Slaughtered Lamb, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Setlist 1-15-2017

This week was the first Sunday after Epiphany (or the second Sunday of Epiphany, depending on how you want to slice things), and 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 recordings from Sunday morning of a few of them, and below the recordings, there is 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:

Crown Him With Many Crowns by Jameson McGregor

Wandering by Jameson McGregor

SMS [Shine] by David Crowder* Band

Noise  by Jameson McGregor

How Great Thou Art

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. 

Crown Him With Many Crowns: During Epiphany, the lectionary carries us through a series of texts that reveal something about the way in which Jesus is God-with-us.  Last week's Gospel text showed Jesus crowned with the Holy Spirit, and God claiming him as God's son.  This week's text had John the Baptist pointing to that coronation, and we joined in that pointing in singing this song.

Wandering: Broadly, the weeks between Epiphany, proper, and Lent raise two questions: 1) what does God want us to know about who God is? and 2) what does God want us to know about who we are?  We sang this song to trace out part of the answer to both of those questions: God is faithful, and we are consistently wayward. [Note: An album version of this song is available here.]

SMS [Shine]: This song takes up a more metaphorical theme of Epiphany--that of the Light of God--proclaiming that we need God to shine on us in our own personal darkness, and into the darkness of the world.  

Noise: This song is a combination of several of the aforementioned themes of Epiphany.  It expresses several valences of what it means for God to be God, and what it means for us to be us, and also narrates the coming of the Light into the darkness.  [Note: An album version of this song is available here.]

How Great Thou Art: We sang this song to begin to close our time together by making a series of declarations about who God is--a master craftsman, a selfless Lord, and a dependable rescuer--and wrapping all of them in a blanket statement about God's greatness.

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

-JM

1-13-16 ITLOTC

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Epiphany

Resolution

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 

2 Corinthians 5:17

 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness

Lamentations 3:22-3

This is the first time I have written since January 1.  We are now in a new calendar year.  Whether we care to mark the occasion or not, it is the annual moment when we decide if something will change about our life.  Resolutions, they are called.

I've made an observation in the last few months that has been a kind of revelation for me.  So many of my epiphanies in Christian faith come retrospectively.  By that, I mean that I mostly learn by looking over my shoulder.  My dad was a pastor.  I don't remember not knowing meaningful faith.  The blessing and curse of the reality is that I sometimes fail to appreciate (or really understand) what is and has always been true about the suppositions of my worldview.  

Let me give you an example.  I don't know what it’s like to not be a Christian.  I think this perspective has skewed some of my understandings.  

I'm not a philosopher, but Wikipedia tells me that epistemology is defined this way: the branch of philosophy concerned with the theory of knowledge.  Ontology, on the other hand, is defined as the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations.  

hat's a bit much, so let me reduce those.  Epistemology is concerned with how we know.  Ontology is concerned with how things are.  

Here's why I took the time to define those.  As far back as I can remember, my faith has had a kind of ontological status in my memory.  I don't remember struggling to accept my suppositions because I’ve always held them.  This has marginalized the role of epistemology in my faith pursuit, and that reality has made me lazy in my  reading of scripture.  So much of what Paul says seemed mechanistic to me.  Imperatives didn't seem to work in my life because I already believed Paul.  It made me wonder what the role of epistemology was in formation.  

Recently, I’ve talked about my obsession with all things agrarian in sermons.  In walking through this process I made my discovery.  My chicken coop, soon to be filled with chickens, my fallow garden beds and my fledgling compost pile are all direct results of my reading.  I read an idea.  I internalized the idea.  The idea took form and became part of my identity and there are tangible symbols in my yard.  An idea became reality.  The epistemological became the ontological.  

So this is my resolution: I'm going to reclaim the role of epistemology in my devotional life.  I’m going back to the scriptures with a trust that I can be drawn into a belief, and that that belief can change the way I live.  I'm going to read Paul's and Jesus' and the biblical authors' imperatives and lean into them.  

Sunday School

Will begin on Sunday, January 22nd.  Information about the classes will be printed in next weeks newsletter.  

New Leadership Team Members

Giving Joy's wonderful blogpost, it should now be evident that we are looking for new leadership team members.  If you were at our December town hall then you heard me announce that the leadership team decided in their October meeting to add two leadership team positions specifically for college students.  It is a kind of quota.  The only qualification or difference between the seven current seats for leadership team and these two additional student spots, is that the student spots will be one year commitments with the chance to renew for three years as opposed to the current three year commitment the other leadership team spots require.  

So if you would like to be serve or nominate someone else to serve please email our leadership chair Jon Davis, jdavis83@gmail.com. 

Here are some things to consider from the bylaws:  

(A) Purpose.  The Leadership Team shall be the primary decision-making body of UBC.  The Leadership Team will oversee all the business and property of the church, as well as make the final decisions regarding hiring and dismissal of staff and the acquisition and selling of assets that are beyond budgetary provisions. 

(B) Composition.  The Leadership Team shall consist of nine members, two which are university level students, of the UBC community that are not staff, finance team or human recourses and support team.

(C) Qualifications.  Each member of Leadership Team shall have been a member of UBC for at least one year, exhibited an understanding and commitment to the mission and values of the church, and be willing to fulfill all responsibilities in the Leadership Team job description.

UBC’s Thailand Partnership

We have some exciting news: the missionaries we work with in Thailand our coming for a visit the weekend of January 29th.  They will be sharing more about their work in Thailand during the service that Sunday, and we will also have a time for you to get to know them.  On Sunday, January 29th, please join us in the Backside for coffee and fellowship.  At 9:30am, during the Sunday School hour, we will  be hanging out in the Backside with coffee and snacks, and this will be an opportunity for you to get to know our partners in Thailand better.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org

Work is Worship

Greeters: Will & the Richardsons 

Coffee Makers: Emmy & Stephen 

Mug Cleaners:  

Money Counter: Justin Pond  

Announcements

  • Sunday Sermon:  John 1:35ish "a new place" 
  • The Middle Ages January 21--Restaurant 1424 at 6:30pm
  • Quarterly Leadership Team Meeting is January 29th
  • February 3-- Parents Night Out -- More Info to Come 
  • February 12th - Love Lovefeast
  • February 18--The Middle Ages -- TBA
  • March 1st - Ash Wednesday
  • March 18-- The Middle Ages--TBA
  • April 2-- UBC Families @ Soccer Fields -- More Info to Come 
  • April 7th and 8th - Spring Retreat (Freshman/Sophomores)
  • April 13th - Maundy Thursday
  • April 14th - Good Friday
  • April 16th - Easter
  • April 22--The Middle Ages Baylor Theatre production of the comedy NOISES OFF— 
  • April 30th - Mr. Rogers Sund
  • April 30th - Graduate Luncheon
  • May 2nd - Study Hall 

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- Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Joy Wineman: joy.wineman@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Emma Wood: emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

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.

Maxcey Blaylock: maxceykite@gmail.com

Mathew Crawford: mathewcrawford@yahoo.com

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

ITLOTC 1-6-17

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Epiphany

A Letter From A Departing UBCer

Dear UBC,

For those of you who do not know me, or can’t remember how you know me, I have been a member of UBC during my time at Baylor and I had the privilege of serving on the Leadership team for the past three semesters. Upon graduating and moving home to Colorado, I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your participation in the life of UBC and thus consequently in my own formation. I came to Waco to attend Baylor but I stayed for you people, seriously. 

Through my time at UBC and on the leadership team I learned so much about the passions and challenges of church life in Waco from my fellow L-team members. In fact, if I were smarter I may have remained silent through the meetings so as to absorb all the wisdom in the room. Unfortunately, we all know I can’t seem to keep my ideas (read: opinions) to myself, so I did my fair share of talking. Despite being the youngest and least experienced in the room, my contributions were met with thoughtful consideration and encouragement. The team, and the church body, never dismissed me, but rather sought out my input and considered it. Often it was necessary for someone to ask me to consider something that I had not, and this was always done with grace and respect.

UBC makes a point to have a diversity of voices speaking to their direction and decision-making. As a woman, this has been particularly significant to me. In a culture that frequently tells me that I cannot lead, that I should not lead, and that God does not want me to lead, you asked me to lead. You affirm and value my specific gifting and vocation. You do not question my gifting because of my gender or my age.  You treat me as a valuable and necessary limb on the body of Christ. I am empowered and inspired through the community and conviction at UBC, and I trust that others are as well.

I am not so naïve to think that this church is perfectly reaching every member of its community. There is always room for growth and improvement. However, for my specific self during my time in Waco, UBC was the closest thing to a perfect fit that I have ever felt. This church provided me equal parts affirmation and challenge, growth and rest.

University Baptist Church, because of God’s work in you I am better equipped to walk in God’s will for my life. Your reverent and intelligent engagement with scripture and passionate pursuit of truth and justice has forced myself and others to wake up to the bleeding, broken, beautiful world around us.  

You may find yourself wondering where the thesis of this letter is. I am wondering that as well. If I could leave you with anything it would be this: know that the community that you are forming and being formed by is special, important, ordained, and wildly impactful. Members of UBC, I see us as bearing a great privilege and a great responsibility to engage Waco with truth and grace. May we feel the full weight of each of those realities daily.

Over and out,

Joy

New Leadership Team Members

Giving Joy's wonderful blogpost, it should now be evident that we are looking for new leadership team members.  If you were at our December town hall then you heard me announce that the leadership team decided in their October meeting to add two leadership team positions specifically for college students.  It is a kind of quota.  The only qualification or difference between the seven current seats for leadership team and these two additional student spots, is that the student spots will be one year commitments with the chance to renew for three years as opposed to the current three year commitment the other leadership team spots require.  

So if you would like to be serve or nominate someone else to serve please email our leadership chair Jon Davis, jdavis83@gmail.com. 

Here are some things to consider from the bylaws: 

(A) Purpose.  The Leadership Team shall be the primary decision-making body of UBC.  The Leadership Team will oversee all the business and property of the church, as well as make the final decisions regarding hiring and dismissal of staff and the acquisition and selling of assets that are beyond budgetary provisions. 

(B) Composition.  The Leadership Team shall consist of nine members, two which are university level students, of the UBC community that are not staff, finance team or human recourses and support team.

(C) Qualifications.  Each member of Leadership Team shall have been a member of UBC for at least one year, exhibited an understanding and commitment to the mission and values of the church, and be willing to fulfill all responsibilities in the Leadership Team job description.

UBC’s Thailand Partnership

We have some exciting news: the missionaries we work with in Thailand our coming for a visit the weekend of January 29th.  They will be sharing more about their work in Thailand during the service that Sunday, and we will also have a time for you to get to know them.  On Sunday, January 29th, please join us in the Backside for coffee and fellowship.  At 9:30am, during the Sunday School hour, we will  be hanging out in the Backside with coffee and snacks, and this will be an opportunity for you to get to know our partners in Thailand better.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org

Work is Worship

Greeters: Ricky & Juliet 

Coffee Makers: 

Mug Cleaners:  Dilan B. 

Money Counter: Josh McCormick 

Announcements

  • Sunday Sermon:  
  • The Middle Ages January 21--Restaurant 1424 at 6:30pm
  • February 3-- Parents Night Out -- More Info to Come 
  • February 12th - Love Lovefeast
  • February 18--The Middle Ages -- TBA
  • March 1st - Ash Wednesday
  • March 18-- The Middle Ages--TBA
  • April 2-- UBC Families @ Soccer Fields -- More Info to Come 
  • April 7th and 8th - Spring Retreat (Freshman/Sophomores)
  • April 13th - Maundy Thursday
  • April 14th - Good Friday
  • April 16th - Easter
  • April 22--The Middle Ages Baylor Theatre production of the comedy NOISES OFF— 
  • April 30th - Mr. Rogers Sund
  • April 30th - Graduate Luncheon
  • May 2nd - Study Hall 

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- Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Joy Wineman: joy.wineman@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Emma Wood: emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

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.

Maxcey Blaylock: maxceykite@gmail.com

Mathew Crawford: mathewcrawford@yahoo.com

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Liturgy 12-18-2016

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

In our waiting, we wear thin

In the dark, our eyes forget how to see.
In this long night, our hearts forget how to dream.

We have come that You might strengthen us, O God

that Your Love would weave through our frames
And hold us up right

So that in our waiting, we might find Life.

As we wait on the Light,
Transform the people we’ve become
Into those who know how to shine.

Amen

Joy Candle Liturgy

Grasping for Hope, we light the first candle.

[Light Hope Candle]

Longing for Peace, we light the second candle

[Light Peace Candle]

Seeking Joy, we light the third candle

[Light Joy Candle]

Today, we light the love candle. What we mean by “love” when we use it in the context of the Christian story is difficult to pin down.  It doesn’t fit neatly into bullet points.  Instead, it is best defined in a person: the Person of Jesus.  We are beginning a journey through the life of Jesus, and we will become better acquainted with Love throughout the year.  But even in the earliest part of the story of Jesus, the Incarnation, God is showing us what love is: God chooses to be God with us when we deserve God against us.  This surprising flash of light in the darkness is the heart of love. And we light the fourth candle with this particular love in mind.

[Light Love Candle]  

Hear now the Lord speaking out of love for the people of God in Isaiah 7:10-14:

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of human beings?  Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. 

Scripture

Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 

But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Prayer

This week's prayer was written by Kareem Shane:

God this week we observe love during the Advent season. God we confess that we don’t know who to love each other and often we don’t know how to love You.
 
God during this Advent is season we recognize both our holy longing and the healing love you have for us, despite the many barriers we put up between ourselves and You.
 
This morning God we sit in our chair and simply cry out “Come Lord Jesus!” God if we let ourselves feel what is in our hearts, we know you will fill us with Your love.  And we can carry that experience with us as we go through the busiest of our week.
 
God we know You waits with infinite love, with Your arms outstretched to meet us. The words we say don't matter. We can speak as if  you are a Friend that we have not seen in a long time, but one with whom we can sit in a comfortable silence and experience Your love and peace.
 
God in this moment we choose to slow down. To breathe more deeply. To allow Your love to penetrate our hearts in the midst of a busy season of life. In this moment we cry out again, “Come, Lord, Jesus.”
 
God we know our lives are messy and we trust You don’t mind messiness of our lives. We believe You love us.
 
God we trust that Your love can’t find its way to our into wound and broken hearts.
 
God again we cry out “Come, Lord, Jesus!” We asked that You come into this place but not only this place but our house, into our families, into our struggles. Bring Your healing love and give us joy again.
 
Come and unite us and let us experience, each in our own way, the love you are offering for us now.”
 
Amen