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Reception for Rick and Armetta Wright – this Sunday June 25

This Sunday June 25 – Church of the Nations will be with University Baptist Church in the “big sanctuary”. Rick and Armetta Wright will speak for a few minutes toward the end of the service. There will be a “sending forth” for them. Rick will begin serving as pastor of Livingston United Methodist Church on Sunday July 2. That is in Livingston Louisiana – about 30 miles away.

There will be a “luncheon reception” in the fellowship hall about 11:45 a.m. to say thank you and good bye to Rick and Armetta. We encourage American and international friends to come if you can.

Special music concert – Sunday May 21



Sunday May 21 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the “big sanctuary” at University Baptist Church. The combined choirs of (1) Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette and (2) University Baptist Church. We are very excited about this special concert of music and song. If you plan to come… and live near Louisiana State University… and need a ride – send us an email. We will try to organize someone who can come and pick you up for the concert.



Special worship service this Thursday evening

Special Maundy Thursday worship this Thursday starting at 7:00 p.m. in the “big sanctuary” of University Baptist Church. This service focuses on the “Last Supper/Meal” that Jesus shares with his closest friends. This service will also include Communion – which is the holy meal that Christians share together.

If you plan to come and need a ride… contact us (email works best). We should be able to pick up people starting around 6:30 p.m.

Family Fun Day – Sunday April 9

We invite you to Family Fun Day this Sunday April 9 starting about 12:00 noon. Okay – might start around 11:45 a.m. On the “front property” of University Baptist Church. Inflatables (?!?), petting zoo, games, egg toss (?!?), egg hunts, hot dog lunch, and more. Fun for all ages, especially for children.

(We are not sure the information is completely accurate. Worship usually begins 10:30. Family Fun Day should start around 12:00 noon. We will try to check and confirm.)

Notes = Study on book of Job

Sometimes people talk about Job and what they have to say is a mixture of truth and silliness. Notes and outline from a study I led a few years ago.

Book of Job – handout outline with notes (PDF)
Book of Job – handout outline with notes (DOCX)

This Sunday – Join choir?

CON will worship with UBC this Sunday when Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church also comes to join with us for one Sunday.

Do you like to sing? Yeah we know some in our church family love to sing! There will be a “joint” choir rehearsal this Wednesday January 11 in the “music room” starting 6:30 p.m. Looks like the UBC and GMOMBC choirs will sing and lead worship together this Sunday.

Sermon = Called to (the) Priest(hood) (Hebrews 2)

Sermon = Called to (the) priest(hood)
Text = Hebrews 2

Link to audio recording of sermon

(there is a recording of the sermon – will provide later)

Theme = Jesus was made fit for his mission by sharing our humanity including the experience of suffering and death… we too are called to be priests for and with each other

I hear you are going to be a priest!

Nineteen eighty five. The fire station in Stow Massachusetts. A school dance. My young female companion and I take a break to sit and talk. One of our classmates walks over to say hello. The first thing she says out loud is so I hear you are going to become a priest! When someone says that to you… at a dance… in front of your date… that is awkward.

I confess faith in Jesus Christ the son of God when I am sixteen. Visit several different churches. Go back and am confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church. After about one year – when many high school students begin to think about which university and what major and what vocation – begin to sense God calling me to the priesthood. About two years later leave that community and join Ithaca Baptist Church. So then what? Sense God calling me to what we call vocational ministry – to serve the people of God as a pastor. Not a priest.

Internationals who have never been to a Christian church in their home country often ask me what is the difference between pastor and priest.

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, Jesus himself likewise shared in the same things, so that through death he might defeat the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God… 18 For because Jesus himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Our Bible reading for today from the book of Hebrews chapter two. Not a book we talk about much in the Christian church. Not one of the gospels. Not a letter by Paul. Difficult language. Strange. Sometimes hard to understand. And so we do not often learn from it or talk about it in Bible studies or in worship.

It talks about Jesus and our relationship with him in ways that are unusual and sometimes unique. He is the archegos – the pioneer or the leader – of our salvation. So he leads us and brings us and goes with us. The son of God… the king of kings… is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters. So not only Jesus is our God… our lord… our savior… he is our brother!?! And only the book of Hebrews describes Jesus as our great high priest.

Thomas Long is a Christian scholar who wrote a book about Hebrews. He writes:

The Preacher – the person who is speaking in the book of Hebrews – does not want to argue that Jesus came to the edge of human life and put his little toe in the pool of suffering. Rather… for a brief moment in time the eternal Son on purpose and in order to save dived into the depths of human suffering and weakness.

In order to save and rescue us… in order to become our high priest who is merciful and faithful… God the Father sends God the son who participates in our humanity… and shares even in the experience of temptation and suffering and death.

There is much more we can say about that. This morning I want to emphasize how Jesus is our great high priest because he experienced what we experience. And we can go one step farther and consider how we are priests with and for each other.

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Special candelight service this Saturday

Candlelight service

We invite you to the Christmas Eve worship service this Saturday December 24 starting at 5:00 p.m. in the “big sanctuary” of University Baptist Church:

5775 Highland Road, 70808

There will be Christmas music and songs and the service will end with the lighting of candles to represent Christ who is the light of the world. Children are welcome. We are not able to send the church bus to pick up people. If you want to come and need a ride, let us know. We will find someone to come and pick you up and take you home.

Parents Night Out (childcare) – Saturday December 10

University Baptist Church will offer Parents Night Out on Saturday December 10 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This is childcare for children age 4 months through elementary school.*  You must reserve spots for your child / children by today! (If you do not sign up by today… you will not be able to leave your child at the church this Saturday. They will not have enough workers.) Send an email to Deb McElgin = Children AT Please tell her the name, age, and gender (boy/girl?) of your child in the email. This is for international families who are going to the Christmas party on Saturday December 10. Will be in the Nursery (Mothers Day Out) area with dinner (pizza) and a movie. 

University Baptist Church
5775 Highland Road, 70808

"Nursery" area is the building in the *back*

“Nursery” area is the building in the *back* – Fellowship Hall is the low building in the middle

Directions (from Louisiana State University)

  1. Drive southeast (away from the University) on Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Leeward Drive (immediately after the electronic sign)
  3. Turn into the first parking lot
  4. Parents Night Out will be in the Fellowship Hall and/or Nursey

5775 Highland Road, 70808 at Mapquest

Rough literal translation of Psalm 148 with notes

psalm-148-hebrew-notes-and-translation (DOCX)