Sermons


August 8, 2021 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

“I need a break. I need to take a step back. I QUIT!” If you heard these words from your favorite hero or athlete, how would you see them? Or from a community leader, clergy, or advocate you most admired? What if one of the major prophets uttered those same words and walked away, would… Read more »

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July 25, 2021 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Listen as Oakhurst member Melissa King Rogers preaches from Hawaii! Together, from around the globe and right here in Decatur, Georgia, we will worship God and seek God’s guidance in creating a more loving and just kin-dom of heaven here on earth!

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July 18, 2021 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday, we celebrated our first hybrid worship service with some people in-person in the sanctuary and others joining us via Zoom. What a wonderful day it was! Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West encourages us in these new days.

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July 11, 2021 – Reflections on Virtual Worship

With less than two days of advanced warning, we began virtual worship services on March 15, 2020. Virtual worship truly surprised us with the ways it provided intimacy, connection, and true community across Atlanta and our world.

We were blessed by former members living all around the country and the globe, joining us for worship. We were blessed by grandparents getting to worship with their geographically-distant grandchildren for the first time! We were blessed by local members, long absent from the sanctuary because of sickness or lack of mobility, suddenly worshipping with us again. We were blessed with a wonderful class of new members who might not have ever found us, had we not been online.

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July 4, 2021 – “I Want to See You Be Brave”

After taking his newfound knowledge back home and being rejected, Jesus claims, “A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, or on the streets he played in as a child.” What does this brief story say to us about embracing transition and transformation? Are we so afraid of it in ourselves that we also scoff at others who dare to try? Listen as Pastor Lauren Colwell looks at this episode in the life of Jesus and questions what it means for us.

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June 27, 2021 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

As we pass 600,000 Covid deaths in the United States, as we sit with those who mourn the loss of their beloveds, as the virus rages on in India, Cuba, the Philippines, and Brazil, how do we stop acting like everything is okay all the time? How do we be present to our individual, communal, and global grief, in a way that is authentic and has true integrity of emotion? And then, how do we not become so completely immobilized by it that we can continue to tend to those who are hurting?

Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on this passage, and how we move forward together as people who are called to share one another’s burdens, as well as the burdens of the world.

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June 13, 2021 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

“Why do you speak to the people in parables?” the disciples asked. We are asking. Our preacher, Bob Duvall is asking. “Jesus, why do you speak to the people in parables?” Emily Dickinson says, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” Listen as Oakhurst member Bob Duvall ponders, “Why parables?”

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