#TalkStoryTuesday: Amber Irving

It’s #TalkStoryTuesday! This week, Dani Beth checked in with Amber Irving and learned her enchilada recipe.

College Graduate Stories: Sophia & Kelsey

While many of our college graduates headed back to the mainland early, Sophia & Kelsey are still on island! We hope you will join us tomorrow in celebrating Sophia Ornelas and Kelsey Kingsmore (as well as our high school graduate, Lauren Baker, and retiree, Dennis Poei). Check out this video to learn a little more about Kelsey and Sophia!

Love Where You Live

Israel 2020 Slideshow

It has been 2 months since our Israel group returned to the island. Dani Beth has shared videos about the places we saw, but check out this slideshow video of the people who went!

Worship Through Prayer

To worship is to show reverence and adoration for God. Often times when we hear the word “worship” we automatically think about singing. While singing is one way that we express our adoration for God, worship encompasses more than lifting our voices in song. One way that we worship is through corporate prayer. At UABC, we will often say a prayer of confession together. This is a part of our worship because we are coming together as God’s body to examine our hearts and confess the ways that we have sinned against him.

We have been studying John 4 where Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that all true worshipers must worship God in “spirit and in truth.” That means that true worship takes place on the inside- in the heart or spirit of the worshiper. By confessing our sins, we worship in spirit and truth.

I have missed singing with you the past 9 weeks, but I have also missed praying with you. So today instead of sharing music, I wanted to share this prayer of confession. Find a quiet moment today to be still before God and to pray these words out loud. You can do this together with your family, or on your own. Take the time to really ponder what you are saying and ask God to examine your heart and reveal any unconfessed sin to you (Ps. 139:23-24). This prayer comes from “The Valley of Vision,” a book of Puritan prayers, and is entitled, “The Precious Blood.”


#TalkStoryTuesday: Lauren Baker

This week for our #TalkStoryTuesday, Dani Beth checks in with Lauren Baker about graduating high school during a global pandemic, Lauren’s go-to quarantine meal, and a verse that has brought her comfort during this time. Check it out!

We hope you will join us this Saturday, May 23, at 6 PM as we celebrate graduates and retirees in the church parking lot! Please bring 4 lei and join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and a retiree!

The Lord Bless You & Keep You

In the challenging times our world is facing, worshiping God is one way that we can keep our eyes on Jesus and come together. I hope this video will fill you with hope and encouragement. It’s made up of members of 65 churches in the UK singing Kari Jobe’s new song “The Blessing.” The words are especially timely for the days we are facing. As the song says, “The Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” – Meredith Palicte, Worship & Internationals Minister

Praise the Lord…Who Redeems Your Life From The Pit

Thoughts from the Pool of Bethesda and the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, in Jerusalem.

The Heart of Worship #WorshipWednesday

During this time of quarantine, I’ve been thinking a lot about worship. Probably partially because I am a worship leader, but also simply as a follower of Jesus- I’m pondering what it means to truly worship.

I heard a story behind the popular song “The Heart of Worship” once that has always stuck with me. The song was written by Matt Redman, who was leading worship at a church in England in the late 90s. The Pastor Mike Pilavachi, noticed that their corporate worship had become apathetic. Drowned out by the sound system, reliant upon the voices that were amplified, distant from any true connection with the Holy Spirit. Their “worship” had become about consuming rather than about offering.