On Wednesday, Aug. 29, UMHB students gathered together in Walton Chapel for a time of worship and fellowship known as ONE. This event, held once a month on a Wednesday night at 8 p.m., features a worship team consisting of members of various local churches as well as a speaker. According to the UMHB chaplain’s office website, “It’s time we realize that the unity of the church is a top-tier theological matter,” Which is why the event focuses on bringing members of various churches together. This was the first ONE of the semester, and the chapel was packed with students who were excited to worship God in community with their peers. After the event, students gathered at Luther Memorial for lemonade and snacks with their friends.
This ONE featured Logan Reynolds, the college pastor at First Baptist Belton, as well as a five-member worship band. Bassist John Allen Davidson, who graduated from UMHB in 2013, said, “It was a really cool experience to come back as an alumnus and see hundreds of college students worshiping together.”
Many students who attended the event have been participating in ONE for years. Seth Blankenship, a junior pre-physical therapy major, has been coming to ONE since his freshman year. Blankenship said that his favorite thing about ONE is “getting to hear other speakers and bands that I don’t normally hear, just getting a different perspective.” He stated that this month’s ONE has been one of his favorites.
For other students, this was their first time attending ONE. Garret Snyder, a freshman film studies major, came to ONE on Wednesday for the first time.
“The music…made you feel very uplifted and excited to be there.”
Snyder said he will definitely be attending ONE again in the future.
ONE is a valued event on campus because it is the only on-campus worship event that is held on a regular basis. In addition, it allows students to hear from a variety of speakers that they would not normally have the chance to interact with. ONE was started in an attempt to unite the local churches in the Belton and Temple areas that students attend.
The chaplain’s office website states that, “The fullness of the gospel is always seen when the people of God are able to recognize the difference between essential and non-essential theological doctrines and then risk overcoming divisive tribalism through strong expressions of unity in worship and service.”
The next ONE will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in Walton Chapel. Students can look forward to a great time interacting with their peers and worshiping God in community with others.