- Seeking God - We strive to know God and love God. - As fellow seekers, we welcome all who wish to learn and grow with us.
- Serving Others - We give our time, talent and resources to help bring the fullness of life to others.
- Sharing Christ’s love with all: - Through words and actions, we proclaim the unconditional love of Christ. - Filled with joy and hope, we build relationships across any boundaries that separate us.
Worship 10 o’clock Sunday Morning
Oxford Presbyterian Church Clergy: Pastor Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor; Pastor Cheryl Edmonds, Interim Associate Pastor
Sunday, august 7
Topic: “Faith-ing It Till We Make It”
Sunday, august 14
Topic: “May the God of Hope Go With Us”
Sunday, august 21
Topic: “You Are What You Love”
I believe that I received a great gift.
This gift is a story of abundant life that I didn’t create and couldn’t image in my wildest dreams. One generation joyfully and sacrificially passed this story of amazing grace onto the next until it was mine to receive. Through my personal experiences and reflections, I claim this story of salvation as authentically my own in which I am a word within the Word. I believe that it is by God’s grace alone that I continue to recognize, embody, and share this great gift of faith with others.
I believe this gift is a story about God who created everything that was, is, and will be, with a word. The Israelites heard God’s word as freedom from oppression, justice in the face of tyranny, and life-giving commandments in a time of chaos. Our ancestors of faith gifted us with many images and names of God the creator, including the very name that God spoke from the burning bush, I Am. I continually seek communion with the Great I Am through prayer and spiritual practices, scripture and song, art and creation, and the ongoing witness of God’s children through the ages.
I believe this gift is a story about God becoming flesh and dwelling among us as the Word. By his teaching and his way of life, Jesus of Nazareth opened the hearts and minds of those around him to know a transformative, intimate relationship with God.
Through the power of the Spirit, Jesus touched people in such a way that they were healed in body, mind, and soul. Jesus took fish, grain, and grape in his hands and after blessing them opened our human senses to the miracles of abundance present all around us. Jesus walked the way of love to the cross where he opened his arms to embrace the brokenness of the world, and in his resurrection redeemed it for all time. I believe Jesus transformed the lives of many disciples and apostles who carried the good news of great joy to the north and south, east and west.
I believe this gift is a story about God still inspiring, speaking, and acting through the Holy Spirit. During the darkest ages, the Holy Spirit sustained communities of Christians through worship and the sacraments, fellowship and mission. In this time of great change, the Holy Spirit sustains us still.
I believe the Holy Spirit gathers Christians together into sustainable communities of transformation and lifelong learning, authenticity and accountability. From Australia to Palestine, Mexico to India, South Africa to Scotland, I’ve experienced first hand the Holy Spirit taking the diverse threads of Christian culture, practice, and language that incline toward orthodoxy and parochialism, and weaving them into a rich tapestry that is the church of Jesus Christ today. I’ve felt the Holy Spirit burning within me while walking on pilgrimage in Spain, France, and Galilee alongside followers of Jesus from around the world. This journey of faith brings me such great joy.
This is God’s gift for all to receive. This is the gift of faith.
Candidate Special Weekend Events:
Saturday, August 27 – “Sip and see”
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Seminary Church
Enjoy refreshments, meet the pastoral candidate Reverend Lawrence H. Bartel, Amy Hanson Bartel, and their son and daughter.
Sunday, August 28 – Worship Service and Sermon
Reverend Lawrence H. Bartel, pastoral candidate for the Oxford Presbyterian Church
10:00 am Oxford Presbyterian Church
NEW SCHOOL YEAR ICE CREAM SOCIAL KICKOFF
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Please join us in celebrating a new school year and enjoy some ice cream following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.
On Thursday, August 25, 2016 the church will host a free lunch and fellowship time for students and their families at our newly remodeled “Seminary Building” at the corner of Poplar and Church Streets. Join us from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Move-In-Day. It’s an easy, 1 block walk from campus!
FREE POST WORSHIP LUNCHES
There will be free post worship lunches hosted by church members open to all college students and their families on the following dates:
September 11 – All Church Welcome Back Picnic and entertainment on the church lawn at 101 N. Main St.
TAIZÉ WORSHIP SERVICES
Quarterly Taizé Services are offered. These inclusive and contemplative services help inspire and ground us together in our lives of faith. The OPC pianist and choir members provide music leadership. College student cantors and other student musicians who play violin, cello, clarinet, flute, oboe, and guitar also provide the musical leadership.
Do you shop at Kroger’s and have a Kroger Plus Card? If so you can help the Deacons of the Oxford Presbyterian Church reach out to those in need in our church and community. Here’s how! To participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, one must have a Kroger Plus Card and a Kroger.com account, and will have to register with the Rewards Program. To sign up for the Rewards Program:
- Go to Kroger.com
- Click on “Community”
- Click on “Kroger Community Rewards”
- Click on “Create an Account” (if you do not have one) OR Click on “Click Here to sign in”
- Either way, once enrolled, select Oxford Presbyterian Church as the recipient of Kroger’s donations. Our organization ID # is 80717
OPC’s 2016 Per Capita Contribution is $26.87