(In The Life Of The Church)
The Daughter that Left
I’ve been thinking all week about MAB’s sermon and how the Father didn’t go after the son. In both the other parables the people search for what was lost, but when the son left by his own choice the father did not chase after him. What does this mean? That God won’t come after us when we leave?
When I finished my junior year at The University of Oklahoma I didn’t believe that Jesus was God. I took a couple classes in my Religious Studies major and couldn’t make sense of anything anymore: Jesus, sin, heaven/hell, etc. I told my Christian sorority, my church, and my parents that I was no longer a Christian.
I didn’t dabble in anything too serious, but I was the daughter that left. I didn’t want anything to do with my Father’s house anymore, and I didn’t want to pretend to live by God’s rules—which I didn’t believe. I still believed in one God (and almost converted [reverted] to Islam), but I didn’t know what that meant. And I didn’t think I’d ever want to come back home.
But I did.
I don’t think God chased after me. I think God waited until I was ready to come back home. And that is beautiful and meaningful and incredibly confusing when we hear that God will come after us and then doesn’t. I think we are granted time for doubt, for complete disbelief, and for running away. But this doesn’t mean God doesn’t want us back—just waiting for us to want to be back.
So UBC, may you be encouraged when you run away and don’t feel God’s presence. May you be encouraged when you are home and God is blessing your sibling that has come back. May you be encouraged that no matter how long you are gone, God desires you.
If you want to meet and talk about anything I’ve mentioned, feel free to email me at Kim@ubcwaco.org.
As you might have observed UBC has spent a large amount of effort this semester on our LGBTQ conversation. Alas, there are other things going on in the life of the church. We will have our quarterly town hall on Sunday April 14th after church.
Parents reminder that children’s Sunday is Sunday April 14th.
Pastoral Associate Application
Hello potential pastoral associates. If you would like to work with the UBC staff on a volunteer basis for 5-10 hours a week, we’d love for you to consider applying to be one of our pastoral associates. The pastoral associate commitment is a 13 month commitment from June-June in which PAs will help staff with various ministerial tasks and take on formal leadership roles within the church. Please use this link to apply.
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Cesar Chavez Support - April 6
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College Retreat - April 12-14th - $30
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South Waco Community Center Easter Egg Hunt - April 13, 11am
We are helping out with the annual easter egg hunt for our community at the SWCC. We need your help. You would arrive around 10:15am, and we would be done by 11:30am. Also, they are in need of prize baskets for the Easter Egg Hunt. We would like to get $20. See Toph on Sunday morning for a slip to buy and bring it by church next week.
Cuba Partnership - July
(two trips - last two weeks - each trip is a week)
We are headed to Cuba this summer, and we will have two teams going. The dates will be the last two weeks of July, we will finalize exact dates in a few weeks. There will be an informational meeting after church this week, so please come if you have any questions. The cost will be somewhere around $1500, which includes everything. If you have any questions before Sunday, shoot firstname.lastname@example.org an email.
Sermon Text: Philippians 3:4b-14
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