So, here we are in the second semester of school. What that means is that BASIC is back in full swing. Ever since we got back in to Lang a few weeks ago, I’ve been getting back into the groove of things. Between co-leading the production team, leading a chaos group, getting ready for Jamaica, playing on several rotations for the musical worship team around Orchard/BASIC, writing for this blog, starting a clothing company with my good friend Alex Oleson, being active with my life group, having two jobs, a band, and a social life, stuff has picked up a lot for me since the easy-going weeks of December.
You may think I’m complaining, but that’s actually the exact opposite. I LOVE being busy and working hard. Nothing drives me further up the wall than doing nothing day after day.
As a member of the community around Orchard Hill, I first took the spiritual gifts assessment when I was 16. One of my top results was craftsmanship. Working with my hands and physically creating something is one of the most sincere ways that I worship God.
When we think of worship, we tend to think of the people who play instruments and sing in front of a congregation, but worship is so much more broad than that. Musical worship is a big way that I worship God, but I also feel connected to him when I write song lyrics, journal, work in nature on my farm, and take the top off my Jeep on a summer day and sing praise to him at the top of my lungs going down the highway.
Any act of love for God, big or small, is an act of worship.
In 1 Corinthians, 12:12, it is written “there is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ.” You’re unique style of worship is needed in both our community at BASIC and in the whole Christian body.
If you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend taking the spiritual gifts assessment. You can talk to me at BASIC and I’d be happy to forward it to you. Being aware of your gifts will enable you to better serve God, the people around you, and yourself by letting you know where you should focus your attention to serve in the most fulfilling way possible for you.
Whether you’re just getting started in your faith journey or you’ve been following Christ for decades, taking a step back to assess how you serve God the best is a good idea. If you’re meant to be the ears of the body, it is for the best that you stop trying to be the feet of the body. The gifts you are given are wonderful and are meant to be used to worship, no matter how insignificant they seem.
You are the body of Christ. Every one of you is a part of it.
Production Team Co-leader
Jeep driving, Heavy metal loving, Ninja warrior
- Love Does // Love is more than just a feeling, it’s also an action. This Valentine’s Day, head on over to Orchard Hill Church from 7:00 - 9:00 pm and put love into action. Bring a friend, a special someone (yes, you can be your own special someone) and help us raise money for the Never Thirst campaign! Bonus: there will be a free lasagna dinner! #LoveDoesDinner
- Never Thirst // Join the movement to raise $10,000 for a fresh water well in partnership with UCI in Bohoc, Haiti. Click the graphic below to find out how you can donate. #NeverThirst #WaterWell
- 6 Mile Clothing // Alex Oleson's company 6 Mile Clothing is helping raise money for the Never Thirst campaign! The proceeds from the Water Well Pocket Tee go towards Never Thirst. Click on the graphic below to purchase the shirt, or email contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
- Sidecar // Join us next Thursday, February 21st for Give+Back Night at Sidecar Coffee! For every latte purcharsed, $1 goes towards the Never Thirst campaign. We hope to see you there! #NeverThirst
- Parables // 8:00pm Lang Hall // Come join us next Thursday as Alice Shirey continues our series on parables the Parable of the Wedding Banquet. Bring a friend! #AllAreWelcome
- Hospitality // At 11:30am on February 25th, come listen and learn as speakers help us welcome the refugee and immigrant by sharing God’s story and their stories with us. Click the graphic below to for more information and to register for the event!
- Jennie Allen + Christy Nockles // Saturday April 13th // Jennie Allen and Christy Nockles are coming to Nazareth Lutheran Church from 7:00 - 10:00pm as part of The Freedom Tour Project! Click the graphic below for more details!
- Chili Cook Off // Thursday, February 21st from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Pi Sigma Epsilon is hosting a Charity Chili Cook-Off at College Hill Lutheran Church. Any student organization is able to participate, and each organization can have more than one pot of chili submitted! The winner of the cook-off will have 50% of the proceeds donated to a charity of their choosing, and the other 50% will go to the organization with the highest attendance! Need another reason to go? There’ll be all you can eat chili and sides. #FreeFood #CharityCook-Off
- Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #LifeGroupLove
- Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship
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