Reflections

Simple Commitments

Sometime in the middle of January I realize how long it takes to fully enter another year. More than once, I catch myself writing the incorrect date, January 15, 2019. It takes several weeks before I am able to write 2020. The passing of time can feel awkward, but we are at our best when…

The First Day of the Year

We are beginning again! It is the beginning of another year.  It is a launch pad into something brand new. As we take these first steps into the New Year, we create resolutions. We set goals for the year, and we make a commitment to remain “resolved” in following them. We can talk about our…

An Informal Invitation

For particular events, a formal invitation is mailed. In planning a wedding, an invitation is designed and even framed after the gathering. For a graduation, family members are sent a formal announcement, so everyone can put the date on their calendar. Every now and then for a significant birthday, like the birthdays with a zero…

What Cannot Wait

In a world full of reminders, sticky notes, calendar notifications, and scheduling challenges, we do not like to wait! When we are forced to wait, we can feel the power of anticipation. We are drawn into the gravity of expectation, pulling us deeper into life’s opportunities. Our waiting is not passive because anticipation nudges us…

Life is Calling

Every year, we look forward to the gatherings of Thanksgiving. We gather with family, and we gather with the family of faith, which we will do again on Thursday, November 21. We will enjoy a meal with one another around the table, sharing time for fellowship and gratitude. We are thankful in many ways for…

Four Words

Since January 2019, the Life is Calling Committee has been reflecting on the calling of Auburn First Baptist. We have been participating in the Life is Calling Initiative through the Center for Congregational Resources at Samford University. It is a four–year initiative, reflecting on the meaning of calling.  Through this initiative, the Life is Calling…

Children’s Sabbath

We search for ways to nurture our children in the life of faith. It is not a task we take lightly, and it is not a task we do alone. Our children are encountering a world full of questions. They will ask us many of those questions, and as we respond to them, there is…

Ways to Remember

Whenever we experience something meaningful, we need ways to remember it. It is why we gather for worship to sing of God’s goodness, to gather around the table to share in God’s grace, or to read the stories of our faith, celebrating the life of Jesus. We gather to remember God’s enduring love and how…

Sharing the Workload

There are many ways in which we serve together, or work together, as a congregation.  We find them in the connections between each of us.  We pray for one another.  We are concerned for one another.  We support one another and share the journey of faith together! One way we serve and work together is…

Returning

As we return to our weekly schedules at the beginning of the school year, we will also gather around those who have returned from the Brazil Mission Trip, as they will share their experiences with us. We will celebrate their work and hear their stories!  On Thursday, August 29 at 5:45 p.m., we will share…

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