ITLOTC 2-26-16

Gerhard Stübben

 

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Lent

Lent 3

Over the next six weeks we will be hearing from voices in within our community.  The article will address the texts and themes from lent.  Today we'll hear from Gerhard Stübben.  Gerhard is working of his Master of Divinity from Truett.  

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Let everyone who thirsts come to the waters.

And whoever has no money: come, buy, and eat.

Yes, come, buy wine and milk with no money and at no price.

 

Why do you weigh out your money for that which is not bread,

your toil for anything other than that which satisfies?

Listen, listen to me! Eat what is good and delight yourself with rich food.

 

Isaiah 55.1-2

“Delighting yourself with rich food” is not most people’s idea of Lent. Lent is a time when we give up, when we sacrifice (why? to whom?), when we emphatically do not “delight ourselves with rich food.” Lent is the fast, and Easter is the feast. Easter is the time for “rich food.” So why do we read this text during Lent? Why is this the text for the third Sunday in Lent? Because we don’t understand what “rich food” is.

Isaiah was writing to a community whose palettes were misadjusted. A community who thought that life, that joy, that rich food was found outside of their god. Outside of their god’s provision. They thought that they had to go around, even against, their god’s provision and instruction to find the rich food they craved. They thought that if they worshipped other gods then those other gods would give them the things they so desperately wanted. Things like safety and economic stability and large families. They thought that if they lived outside, even against, Yahweh’s commands that they would acquire for themselves the things that they so desperately wanted. Things like safety and economic stability and large families. Their instinct, their palette, told them that if they wanted rich food then they’d have to break some commands to get it. That idolatry, that oppression, that other gods tasted richer than their own. But they were wrong. And so are we.

We ourselves are tempted, tempted often, to go looking for rich food in off-limits places. We think that life will be sweeter, safer, with bigger bank accounts. And so we break Jesus’ command to give to the poor. We think that using violence will keep us safe from the violence of others, either verbal or physical violence, and so we break Jesus’ command not to resist evil persons. We smell the sweet scent of safety and economic stability and unity within our families, all good things in themselves, and we think the only way to get to that rich food is by breaking, or at least bending, Jesus’ commands. We ourselves, our literal selves, and not just other Christians around us, find ourselves in the position of the ancient Israelites, drinking from cisterns that do not hold water. And yet all the time Jesus is reminding us, is calling us: “Listen, listen to me! Eat what is good and delight yourself with rich food.” Now, in Lent, we train ourselves to listen.

Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School on the first and second Sundays of spring break.  March 6th and March 13th. 

Greeter Help

We really need help with more greeters.  if this is something you'd be willing to do, that would help us out.  interested people should email josh@ubcwaco.org. 

Booth Crew Orientation

if you signed up to help out in the booth crew, first we'd like to say that we are extremely grateful.  Secondly, we'd like to inform you that there will be a training on the computer this Sunday right after church.  You are the best.  

Ecumenical Lent Services

As you may have noticed i have included this announcement over the last couple weeks and will continue to do so until these services expire.  That being said I'd like to give a special plug to the service this coming Wednesday because it will be in our own backyard.  UBC will be host Austin Nickles and people from all churches as we worship together. 

  Work is Worship Greeters:  Blaylocks  Coffee Makers:  Joy & Ryan  Mug Cleaners: The Cooleys  Announcements: Sunday Sermon: Lent Three: Luke 13:1-9 ... Please be in prayer for our very pastoral associate Liz Andrasi who will be preaching to help us celebrate Martha Sterns Marshall women in preaching month.   Next Town Hall March 20th after church Chris Tweedt will be leading a series of three talks about the intersection of faith and philosophy. Talks will run in the evening from 7:30-8:30 and will take place at UBC. for more information email Chris @ christweedt@gmail.com Feb 24: Perceiving God or Arguing for God? Mar 23: What Does God Think About Suffering? April 20: Who, If Anyone, Should We Trust about Religion?  Do you have an emergency and need to talk to a pastor?  254 498 2261 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- Kristin Dodson: kschwebke@prodigy.net Joy Wineman: joy.wineman@gmail.com Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu David Wilhite: David_Wilhite@baylor.edu Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.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. Tom Haines: thomas_haines@baylor.edu Josh McCormick: Josh.McCormick@dwyergroup.com Chris Kim: chris_kim@alumni.baylor.edu Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com   Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com Lacy Crocker: lacykcrocker@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. Maxcey Blaylock: maxceykite@gmail.com Mathew Crawford: mathewcrawford@yahoo.com Callie Schrank: Callie_Schrank@baylor.edu Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

 

Work is Worship

Greeters:  Blaylocks 

Coffee Makers:  Joy & Ryan 

Mug Cleaners: The Cooleys 

Announcements:

Sunday Sermon: Lent Three: Luke 13:1-9 ... Please be in prayer for our very pastoral associate Liz Andrasi who will be preaching to help us celebrate Martha Sterns Marshall women in preaching month.  

Next Town Hall March 20th after church

Chris Tweedt will be leading a series of three talks about the intersection of faith and philosophy. Talks will run in the evening from 7:30-8:30 and will take place at UBC. for more information email Chris @ christweedt@gmail.com

Feb 24: Perceiving God or Arguing for God?

Mar 23: What Does God Think About Suffering?

April 20: Who, If Anyone, Should We Trust about Religion? 

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

254 498 2261

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- Kristin Dodson: kschwebke@prodigy.net

Joy Wineman: joy.wineman@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

David Wilhite: David_Wilhite@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.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.

Tom Haines: thomas_haines@baylor.edu

Josh McCormick: Josh.McCormick@dwyergroup.com

Chris Kim: chris_kim@alumni.baylor.edu

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Lacy Crocker: lacykcrocker@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.

Maxcey Blaylock: maxceykite@gmail.com

Mathew Crawford: mathewcrawford@yahoo.com

Callie Schrank: Callie_Schrank@baylor.edu

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu