Jubilate Deo

Good afternoon, everyone! It’s that time of year again! Special Music Sunday! Maybe I’m biased (I absolutely am), but these are some of my favorite Sundays. This week, you will get to hear an exuberant piece of music. Jubilate Deo composed by Dan Forrest. And, as far as I know,...

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Your Benevolence at Work

As many of you know, our church runs a benevolence program with generous gifts you give to the church.  In addition to the offering we collect on communion Sunday, we have a small budget line that helps to contribute to this fund (sidenote: if you’ve ever wondered why your beloved...

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I Miss the Mountains

Church Family, I just spent five amazing days exploring some of the most beautiful places our nation has chosen to preserve. I camped with friends for two days in Zion National Park and then drove to Bryce Canyon National Park to spend a few hours. (We also made a stop...

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It’s Holy Week, Y’all!

Every spring I watch astounded by the new life that sprouts from the trees, flowers, and vegetables in my back yard.  Little miracles are happening everyday in my back yard. And at the same time, I cannot help but also think about the death and decomposition that is happening in...

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The Beginning of the End

Friends, Of the Christian holy days, Easter is my absolute favorite. The music is loud (and we know I love some loud music), the words are triumphant, the flowers are fresh and blooming for Springtime, and there is the incredible joy of the resurrection. But Lent is heavy, Y’all. This...

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Clarity

Dear Church: What’s become clear to you since last we spoke? That question, attributed to the poet T.S. Eliot, is my go-to question in this season of discernment. I’ve put the question to many of you in one-on-one conversations over coffee; I ask the question of the Discernment Committee at...

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What is Church?

Friends, Oftentimes these days, I’m struck by the question “What is church”?  Is church somewhere we go to get some sort of message from God? Is it a community center, meant to serve a population of people with activities and entertainment?  Is it a service organization, just like any other...

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God’s Open Door

Happy Thursday, Friends! Totally recycling one of UBC’s former slogans for the title of this, but it’s fitting! Perhaps you’ve noticed some buzz around the church on how we can signal that there is life in our building and that we are a beautiful and vibrant community on the inside...

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Come get OUTLOUD with us FRIDAY!

We are two days out from our OUTLOUD event in the courtyard!  We are so excited to have such an amazing lineup of artists, fantastic volunteers, delicious food, and an amazing show of the wonderful life that flows out of our church all benefiting a great cause!  Let me take...

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Sparking Joy

It’s the end of Epiphany! Soon we will stop marching in the light of God and we’ll start our walk to the cross. And after all of this talk about light since the beginning of Advent, we get the final burst of light of the Transfiguration. How can we then,...

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