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The Dream of Community by Jason Edwards

The Dream of Community 

We are doubling down on our mission statement, which says that we are committed to fostering meaningful, Christ-centered community. In our church. In your lives. In our life together. 

We do this with purpose, believing that God has not made us to go through life alone but to live and grow in community.

With this in mind, we have renewed our commitment to helping every one of our members find a small group where they can nurture life-giving relationships with Christ and one another. This is why Kim Halfhill has been working so diligently to create so many new group offerings. Newly formed Community Groups begin meeting this month. If you’re in one of these groups, I want you to know I’m excited about the journey you’re about to take together. It prompts my thinking back to the first Community Group Christy, and I facilitated after coming to Second Baptist. I actually wrote about this for the soon-to-be-released 175th-anniversary book. Here are my 175 words: (start counting words with the title if you want to check my work)

A Dream Come True

Harland, Francis, Gwen, Harold, Karen, Jason, Jennifer, Christy and Jason: our intergenerational Community Group. For three years we gathered on Tuesdays around our dining room table. We shared taco stacks, prayers, life-stories and spiritual formation. We learned from one another, laughed together, listened to one another; served together. Community came into being as we shared our spiritual autobiographies. Community deepened as time, commitment, study and habit wove threads of experience between us, drawing each of us into the ever-growing spiritual autobiographies of all of us. Community was enriched as we served together in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Each day we learned about the urban poor and worked with Metro Baptist Church and her mission partners. Each evening we enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Manhattan. Our friend Harland had a lifelong dream of seeing a Broadway play. We were with him when that dream became a reality. We were together when the dream of the community became reality. For all of that, I remain truly grateful. 

I've talked with others recently who shared unique, but similar reflections from their own group experiences at 2BC. One person told me their group was the most meaningful thing they’d ever experienced in a church. This comes, of course, through intentionality, mutual vulnerability, courage, support, and always, with commitment over time. I do hope you’re enjoying the blessing of a group committed to nurturing a relationship with Christ and one another. If not, I’m praying God will create and draw you into the right group at the right time in the days ahead. Will you pray with me? New groups have formed, and more new groups will be forming in the future. We’re committed to it. 

Grace and peace to you…
 Jason Edwards
Senior Pastor

If you’re interested in joining a Community Group, please contact Kim Halfhill.

Posted by Jason Edwards at Friday, September 28, 2018

When in our Music God is Glorified by Ann Posey

When in our music God is glorified,
and adoration leaves no room for pride,
it is as though the whole creation cried,

How often, making music, we have found
a new dimension in the world of sound,
as worship moved us to a more profound

So has the church, in liturgy and song,
in faith and love, through centuries of wrong,
borne witness to the truth in every tongue:

And did not Jesus sing a Psalm that night
when utmost evil strove against the Light?
Then let us sing, for whom he won the fight:

Let every instrument be tuned for praise!
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always:
Hallelujah! Amen.

             --Fred Pratt Green

We hope you will join us for the Two or More/Pipes and Keys program, September 16, 2:30 pm in the sanctuary of Second Baptist.  The program will feature classical to rag, printed to improvised, hymn settings to dance.  The performers include Josie and Addie Hilton, Naomi and Adam Fuller, Helen Brown, Amy Duncan, Michelle Cook, Carole Tanner, Elliott Yoakum, Angie Fuller, Leslie Bunch, David Fulk, Bill Stilfield, Ron Whited, Julie Williams, Karen Trischler, Kim Kankiewicz, and Marianne Neth.  As you see the names, you will have an idea of what you will get to hear! 

Music is the mediator between the life of the senses and the life of the spirit. - Beethoven (1770-1827)

at Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Community of Talent by Ann Posey

“Imagine a world without poetry, dance, song, comedy, film,
architecture, painting, stories, symphonies, theater or sculpture. Such a
world would be bland. Art brings vibrancy and beauty to our lives.
Creativity is both a fully human and fully divine experience. It is an
acknowledgment that something eternal and full of truth lies behind the
temporal world in which we live. It focuses our eyes on the pain around
us, the injustice in front of us, the joy abounding within us, and the
pull we feel towards meaning and significance. Music moves us. Poetry
connects us. Paintings shout at us. Dance energizes us. Art draws us
back into the fold of humanity when we wander out full of pain,
discouragement, and bitterness. It whispers, ‘You are not alone.’”
--Relevant Magazine, September 28, 2011


You already know Second Baptist is blessed with many talented and well-trained musicians who freely share their gifts in worship. We are blessed week in and week out with those who share their talents and creativity. Among them are about forty pianists, and at least ten of them can play on a moments notice. Our Two or More/Pipes and Keys program, September 16, 2:30 pm in the sanctuary will feature about twenty pianists and four organists playing keyboard works for two to eight players on up to four keyboards. They range in age from eight to eighty! And there will be music from almost every genre.  Of course, there will be cookies from Susan Pettyjohn and lemonade to share after the program.

at Friday, September 7, 2018