Sacred vs Secular

– Dawn Neldon and Cody Vermillion

If you’ve been following on this Uncommon journey for any amount of time you know that we are in the business of reframing and reclaiming truths about life, faith, and being human. Because we are certain that there are things that we, as a culture, have believed and are believing that need to be tweaked (and some that just plain need to be thrown out).

This month we want to tackle the false dichotomy that exists in our culture between the sacred and the secular. See, we tend to give in to the belief that there are places, spaces, times, things, and people that fall into the category of “sacred.” Those might be things like church and….church…and church music….and things and people that operate in church. And in general all things church.

But the problem with this belief is that we neatly package God into the box of religious activity that happens in churches and remove Him (in our minds) from all sorts of places where God is fully present. Because God is in churches AND in businesses, doctors offices and grocery stores. He is in worship music and pop radio. He is in missionary work and the 9-5 workplace.

God is over all and through all and in all. He created everything and holds it together. Granted, we as humans have a tendency to inject our own brokenness into the good He has created. But if you really pay attention, you can find God in the ordinary things of life. From the birds chirping before your alarm, to the cup of coffee that gets your day started, to the face of the barista who made it.

Church isn’t the only place to find God. In fact, you are made in the image of God. So He is with you always. You don’t have to be at church, you don’t have to be a pastor, or missionary, or Sunday school volunteer to experience something sacred. Those things are all great! But you can live in to the sacred calling God has given you in your every day experiences.

This weekend, try looking for the ways in which God is present in the every day things of life. And on Monday, as you head to work – or as you get the kids ready for whatever you’re doing to stay sane while they’re not in school – try to find the sacred moments. The times when God shows up in the ordinary.

Then join us on July 7th to talk more about it…

SACRED [SPACE] – WINE & WORDS

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YOU ARE LOVED

YOU ARE VALUED

YOU BELONG

A Broken Christmas 💔🎄

– Dawn Neldon

 

They hid from the Lord God among the trees.
Then the Lord God called to them, “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:8-9

Let’s start in the brokenness. Let’s start with the lies, the damaged relationships, the things that happened that couldn’t be undone. The words that were said that couldn’t be unspoken. Even then God came looking. See – Christmas does not start with the pretty, clean birth of a perfect baby with shepherds and cows smiling down (there are so many things wrong with that picture.)

No, Christmas starts in the Garden. Christmas starts with Adam and Eve. Christmas starts when we first believed the lie that God does not, could not love us in all our unloveliness. Christmas starts with brokenness. And I’m so glad.

Because we could be tempted to think that Christmas, in all of it’s sparkle is really for the bright and shiny ones and the have-it-all-together ones. BUT – when we trace the manger back to the brokenness we see the story for what it truly is: this amazing, unbelievable picture of a God who keeps coming for us – the messy and can’t-get-it-together ones.

Christmas started when God went looking for Adam and Eve as they hid among the trees. Christmas started when God called out to His children who had made a terrible mistake and believed a horrible lie. This is the story of Christmas:

“God went looking for Adam and Eve and He didn’t stop until he found them. God’s love never, ever, ever stops looking for you. Even when you do something wrong, even when you are far away from Him, God whispers, ‘My love is always, always coming for you.’”  – Ann Voskamp

You Are Loved
You Are Valued
You Belong

Merry Christmas!

Walls, Doors, and New Beginnings ⛅

Hello!

Cody here. As we gear up for uncommon [worship] this Sunday we’re thinking about newness…

“Every new beginning
Comes from some other
Beginning’s end…”

Ah, yes… the wisdom of late 90’s pop rock.

In case you don’t know the line, it’s from a song called Closing Time by Semisonic. And if you don’t know it, well, then… I’m glad you finally came out from under your rock to read this email. 😉

Now, even though that song is about grabbing the last round and closing up the bar, I find myself hanging on that line. “Every new beginning, comes from some other beginning’s end.” As I typed that line, I let out a heavy sigh. And it’s for two reasons…

One, I’ve known my fair share of endings. Endings that came from what felt like THE beginning. You know? That thing that happened for you that seemed so good and so right, that you thought, “this is it”, “I’ve arrived.” Maybe it was finding the “one”. Maybe it was a new career. Maybe it was an amazing taco shop. Whatever that beginning was, it was exciting and seemed like everything you had been waiting for.

Until it ended.

And you.

were.

crushed.

You thought you’d never have something like that again. You felt like you hit a wall, and there was nothing more to look forward to.

But some time after that, that ending gave way to something new.

If you’re in the midst of that new beginning, lean in. We don’t get them very often, so let yourself experience it. It’s not always gonna be easy. But the best things never are.

Now, if you’re still in the ending, and you haven’t seen the new beginning… If you’re still stuck against the wall… I am here to tell you that maybe your wall… maybe, it’s not a wall at all. Maybe it’s a door. Cause if there’s one thing I know (besides 90’s rock lyrics), it’s this: what feels like a hard stop is often only the start of something new.

And that’s the second reason I love those lyrics…

Because I have seen new beginnings come from the bitterest of ends. To be totally transparent, I am in a new beginning that came from a very rough end. And let me tell you, if someone came to me during that ending and told me what this new beginning was really going to look like, I wouldn’t have believed them. Because when you’re in the midst of the death of something, new life seems like a distant and impossible hope.

But can I give you some hope today?

If you’re in the midst of an ending, believe me when I say, a new beginning is on it’s way. The dying of what is, will certainly hurt. But it WILL give way to new life.

So hang in there!

Oh! And here’s some more rock lyrics to keep you going…

“Yeah, in this wasteland where I’m livin’
There is a crack in the door filled with light
And it’s all that I need to get by
Yeah in this wasteland where I’m livin’
There is a crack in the door filled with light
And it’s all that I need to shine”

Wasteland by NEEDTOBREATHE

I will post links to the songs below.

And if you want some more encrouagement and hope, come hang out with us this Sunday for our Uncommon [worship] Night…

 

Sunday, November 4th, 4PM, Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate

This uncommon [worship] night, we’ll be talking about fresh starts. Newness. Healing from old wounds. And letting a new beginning change the course of your story.

We’ll have good food, kid programming and general awesomeness… OH! And… our venue this time is pretty amazing!

But what will make it perfect, is having you there with us, so…

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And now as promised, here’s those songs I mentioned…

 

YOU ARE LOVED

YOU ARE VALUED

YOU BELONG

 

 

What Is Worship? 🙌

– cody vermillion

This week, we have been thinking a lot about worship. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that our first worship service is only a few days away!!!

Ok, it’s definitely that.

But also because we have been thinking and praying about this day for at least a year, probably longer, and now it’s here! And as we have been planning, learning, talking, and ideating about what it will look like for Uncommon [good] to do “worship” regularly, we have come to some conclusions…

Worship is Weird

Lemme ‘splain… For some, the typical idea of corporate worship is strange. Maybe even intimidating. People coming together to sing some songs that everyone seems to know, raising hands, standing up and sitting down all together, and at the right times… I mean, to an outsider, that’s weird. *Pause* – I wanna be clear in saying that there’s nothing wrong with that way of worship. I personally do those things when I worship. And we welcome it! But we also want to make our uncommon [worship] night a place with no expectations for those who might not be familiar with the typical patterns of worship. Because…

Worship is For Everyone

We mean that in the sense that, all are welcome to worship. But also, all are created to worship. That’s right. We were made to give glory to God. Not just with singing and raising hands. But with everything we are. And God invites all His creation (even rocks) to worship Him. Regardless of where you are in your faith, you are welcome to worship. You are created to worship. But what we want to help you understand is that worship is so much more than singing songs together…

Worship is a Lifestyle

Many of us are conditioned to think worship is some event that we attend once a week. But, a weekly gathering to sing and hear someone talk was never meant to be the end-all-be-all worship experience. Each and every day we are given the opportunity to worship the One whose image we were created in. Whether through our work, as a parent, as a student, as a friend, as a human trying to muddle through the rhythms of this life… No matter where we are, or what we are doing, it can be an act of worship to God. How, you ask? Well, we’ve gotta save something to talk about at the worship night. 😉

Speaking of… are you coming?!

Rhythm: A Night of Uncommon [worship]
Sunday, October 7, 4 PM
Poway Community Center

Rediscover what worship is all about as we do “church” in an uncommon way.

13094 Civic Center Dr, Poway, CA  92064

Kids programs provided for ages 1 through 10 years old.

 

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We welcome your help to continue this uncommon [adventure]!



you are loved
you are valued
you belong