ITLOTC 7-7-17


(In The Life Of The Church) 

Ordinary Time

This week’s Psalm in the Lectionary is Psalm 145:8-15. It reads as follows:

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all,
    and his compassion is over all that he has made.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
    and tell of your power,
to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord is faithful in all his words,
    and gracious in all his deeds.

The Lord upholds all who are falling,
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.

            The reminder in v. 8 that God is gracious and merciful reminds me of a song that Jaime uses frequently in our times of congregational singing – “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy.” It has been a convicting reminder for me since Jaime began incorporating it into our worship a few years ago, that God’s mercy, grace, and love are far wider than I could ever imagine, and if I think that I have found their ends it is not because of a lack of God’s mercy, grace, and love – but it is because of a lack of those things within myself and an unwillingness to depend on God to provide them.

The next verse goes on to affirm that God’s compassion is larger than I could probably imagine it to be by insisting that God’s compassion extends to everything that God has every made – which we know…is everything. God’s compassion extends to everything. At all times because verses 13 and 14 remind us that God’s mercy, grace, love, compassion, and faithfulness do not just exist now and for us – but that the kingdom of God is everlasting and eternal. That God’s compassion, faithfulness, love, grace, and mercy have always and will always exist to cover everything that God has created.

And just when we might be getting crazy v.15 pops up to remind us that oftentimes none of this looks the way that we might assume that it would. That God gives in God’s own perfect timing and we can’t always anticipate what the gift will be or how it will fit into our own plans. We can only trust that all good things come from the God of heaven and earth who is just, kind, merciful, and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. May we all look to the God of grace for guidance in the days to come and may we all depend on God to extend to us grace, mercy, and love that we can then extend to those around as we give thanks and bless the name of the Lord.

- Taylor

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Town Hall

Our quarterly town hall meeting will take place after church on July 16th.  

HR Team Member Needed

We are proud and grateful for the work of Mathew Crawford and Maxcey Blaylock who both rotated off the UBC HR team.  That means we are looking for two new members of our community to serve on that team.  If you have HR or related experience or know someone who does, you can nominate them or yourself to work on the HR Team.  Nominations should be sent to  Selections will be made at our July leadership team meeting.  Below you will find some information on the HR team from our bylaws.

(A) Purpose.  The Human Resources/Staff Support Team shall exist for the following purposes:

a.     To establish procedures for the hiring of ministerial and non-ministerial staff, and to enact those procedures when advised by Leadership Team to do so.

b.    To advise Leadership and Finance teams on issues regarding long-term staff needs.

c.     To create and implement staff review procedures.

d.    To advise Leadership and Finance teams on matters regarding staff compensation, benefits, grievances and termination.

e.    To be a liaison between the congregation and staff during times of conflict after all attempts at personal, one-on-one resolution has been made. 

(C) Qualifications.  HR/Staff Support Team members shall have been an active participant in the life of UBC for no less than one year, have received a bachelor’s degree (or roughly an equivalent amount of experience in personnel management, ministry, or other related field,) and have a demonstrable understanding of organizational management. 

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  • Sunday Sermon: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67.
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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:

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Jared Gould: