(In The Life Of The Church)
The lectionary Psalm for this Sunday is Psalm 145:8-9,14-21. It says:
8 God is all mercy and grace—
not quick to anger, is rich in love.
9 God is good to one and all;
everything he does is suffused with grace.
14 God gives a hand to those down on their luck,
gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.
15 All eyes are on you, expectant;
you give them their meals on time.
16 Generous to a fault,
you lavish your favor on all creatures.
17 Everything God does is right—
the trademark on all his works is love.
18 God’s there, listening for all who pray,
for all who pray and mean it.
19 He does what’s best for those who fear him—
hears them call out, and saves them.
20 God sticks by all who love him,
but it’s all over for those who don’t.
21 My mouth is filled with God’s praise.
Let everything living bless him,
bless his holy name from now to eternity!
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
My favorite movie for the past 17 years has been Remember the Titans. I was in the 7th grade the first time I saw Remember the Titans and I watched (at least a part of) it every night from 7th grade until my senior year of high school. That’s ridiculous – but also true.
I loved Remember the Titans for a myriad of reasons – probably some reasons that at 13 I wasn’t really able to vocalize – but one of the reasons I loved it was because Denzel Washington gives a KILLER motivational speech that brings everybody together as teammates and friends. (Obviously.) And I have always been a fan of motivational speeches and catch-phrases – short, quick phrases that sound like things you could call out during an intramural volleyball game. Things like, “Team work makes the dream work!” or “You gotta risk it to get the biscuit!” Tiny motivational speeches.
Psalm 145:8 is kind of like the motivational catch-phrase of the Old Testament. It (or something very similar to it) is found 8 different times throughout Scripture – attesting to the mercy, grace, patience, and love of God. And the rest of Psalm 145 goes on to illustrate God’s mercy, grace, longsuffering, patient nature.
Psalm 145 tells us that God is good to one and all, and that everything God does is suffused with grace. That God gives a hand to those down on their luck and a fresh start to those ready to quit. That God provides food for the hungry on their hungriest of days. God is generous to a fault, (that’s the one that gets me – my imagination falters when I try to imagine being generous to a fault), and that God lavishes favor on all creatures. God is always right. The way that you know God has done something is because there is love infused throughout it.
Psalm 145 reminds us that God is always with us, always listening to our prayers, and to the prayers of all of those who call for God. That God does what is best for us and for everyone – and saves us in our hour of need. That God will never leave us.
I don’t know about you – but that’ll motivate me. It fires me up, calls me out, inspires me to be better. I mean – it’s no Denzel Washington-Remember the Titans-Gettysburg Battle Field-Motivational Speech. But it’ll do in a pinch.
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what you do in Waco: I am a Staff Trainer at Methodist Children's Home
best Waco restaurant: ummm...do I have to pick one? Cafe Homestead, Baris, Alpha Omega, Captain Billy Whizbangs
book, chapter, and/or verse of the bible that has been meaningful for you: Psalm 40. This passage kept popping up during a pretty tough time filled with a lot of doubt and pain. I would read this passage and hope that it was true and I am slowly starting to believe that it is.
favorite movie/show: Parks and Rec is one of my favorite shows and Inside Out is one of my favorite movies
a book that you’ve really enjoyed: Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright
UBC Summer Party Dos
The summer is coming to a close, and we are throwing a party! Join us at 6pm, on August 13th, for a grand finale to summer. We will be eating dinner and hanging out at the Wood’s casa. UBC will provide the main dish, as well as drinks, you need to bring a side to share with everyone. Please sign-up after church this Sunday or next, or you can email email@example.com .
UBC Kids - Branch/Root End of Summer Pool Party
Our Branch/Root Class (Pre-K -4th Grade) is ending the summer with a bang! We're having an End of Summer Pool Party this Sunday August 6th from 3:30pm-5:30pm at the McNamee's house. There will be snacks and drinks provided as well as a certified lifeguard present. Please sign-up after church this Sunday or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Sunday Sermon: Matthew 14:13-21 "what, how and … why did God do this miracle?”
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- 8-13 OOTP Parent Meeting After Church @ UBC
- 8-20 Kindergarten Commission
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- 8-27 Welcome Back Lunch after church served by Crucero
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