I’LL TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT JUBC
A LITTLE WHITE CHURCH DEEP IN ‘TATER COUNTRY
IT WAS BUILT IN JACKSONVILLE BACK IN 1860
NOW LISTEN UP FOLKS TO A BIT OF HISTORY
Lord, our church is full. What do you want us to do? We got nowhere to go. You want us to do what? Say that again Lord. You want us to dig. Dig down. Okay, we’ll dig.
WELL THE CHURCH IT GREW AND IT GREW FROM JUST A FEW
THEN BY 1959 WE HAD FILLED EVERY PEW
SO WE BUILT A BASEMENT AND ROLLED THE CHURCH RIGHT THROUGH
USING A LITTLE TRACTOR IT WAS QUITE A SIGHT TO VIEW
Lord, we’re back. We’re outa’ space again. Now what? Say what? You want us to build out Lord. Okay, we’ll build out.
WELL IN 1978 WE BUILT ON A W.C.
‘CAUSE THE LADIES IN THE CHURCH THEY NEEDED TO P.E.E.
WE ALSO BUILT A KITCHEN SO WE COULD HAVE A CUP OF TEA
AND WE PUT IN SOME SHELVES AND ADDED A LIBRARY.
Hi Lord, it’s us again at Jacksonville United Baptist Church. Guess what! Oh, you already know. Well what are we gonna’ do? We built down and we build out. What’s that Lord, you want us to build out back? We can’t build out back Lord, there’s a swamp back there. Oh, it’s not a swamp; it’s a low-lying area. But Lord we’re just a little country church. Ohhhh, you’ve got plans for us. Okay Lord, we’ll build out back.
WELL IN 1984 WE HAD A TEST OF FAITH
‘CAUSE GOD HAD MORE PLANS THAT WERE BIGGER THAN OUR SPACE
SO THE GYM AND SOME CLASSROOMS WERE ADDED TO THIS PLACE
AND GOD FILLED IT UP WITH HIS AMAZING GRACE
Hi, Lord. It’s us again. Oh, you’ve been expecting us. You seem to always be a few steps ahead of us. Lord we built down, we built out, we built back, and we’ve nowhere to build but up. Up? You really mean up? Okay Lord we’ll build up.
WELL IN 1991 THE TOOLS CAME OUT ONCE MORE
WE ADDED THIRTY SEATS AND KNOCKED OUT THE STAIRS AND DOOR
WE THOUGHT THAT WE WERE FINISHED BUT GOD SAID HE HAD MORE
SO WE PUT UP THE BALCONY IN 1994
Hello Lord, Guess who. Yup, we’re full again. This time we’re really full and we’re all cross piled in there. We’re all scooched over and everything Lord. We’ve built down, and we’ve built out, we’ve built back, we’ve built up, and if we keep pokin’ out walls, the whole thing is gonna’ come down … … … … You gotta’ be kiddin’!! That’s just what you had in mind! Wow, well okay. FORWARD IN FAITH!
SO WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED IN 144 YEARS
GOD IN IS CONTROL AND IS BIGGER THAN OUR FEARS
WE NEED TO TALK TO GOD ‘CAUSE HE’S SHOWN US THAT HE HEARS
AND JUST HOW MUCH HE LOVES US HE HAD MADE VERY CLEAR
Lord, we’re a little afraid. We’re just a little country church. Oh, we WERE a little country church. Yes, Lord, I remember, you took care of us in 1960 when we built down. Yes, and again in 1978 when we build out, and in 1984 when we built back, and yes you were with us in 1994 when we built up. Lord this new church better be made outa Lego.
IT’S NOT ABOUT NAILS AND BOARDS OR ADDING MORE PEWS
IT’S ABOUT BRINGING IN OUR NEIGHBOURS TO COME TO KNOW YOU
SO WHEN WE BUILD THIS CHURCH, WE BUILD YOUR KINGDOM TOO
LORD THIS HOUSE IS YOURS AND WE NEED TO TRUST IN YOU
Now what do you want us to do Lord?
Put our Faith in you.
Help further your Kingdom.
Yes, Lord we remember what you told us; we just need reminded.
Lord when we start to doubt,
Help us to look back and remember how far you have brought us
In order to look forward and know how far you are going to take us.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”
Copyright 2020 April 17 Cyndi den Otter – All Rights Reserved May be used with author’s permission