Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on the abundant gifts of our community and what we share together as we all consider how we might continue to give to this place that offers love to so many. Also hear a message from Joe Canzoneri about how God IS love.
November 14, 2021 – Stewardship Sunday
On Sunday, November 7, we honored all those we have loved and lost, taking and opportunity to name their names aloud in worship. We also honored specifically the Oakhurst Baptist Church Saints we have lost since last All Saints Sunday: Sue Woolf and Margaret Blevins. Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on these two Oakhurst saints.
We are living in times where feelings of loss, isolation, and loneliness have reached extreme levels. And instead of uniting us, the pervasiveness of those feelings seems to only push individuals further into feeling alone. As we examine our own circumstances alongside those in the book of Ruth, Pastor Lauren Colwell asks: “What is the call to us as individuals and as communities?” Instead of islands of isolation, how can we strive for more crowded tables?
Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on what it might mean to be a servant in a kin-dom where there are no lords and there is no hierarchy and where losing in the eyes of others just might mean liberation in the eyes of our own souls. Melanie’s sermon is followed by a song by Lee Bains and a prayer by Leslie Withers.
On Pride Sunday 2021, we welcomed back Oakhurst-ordained Rev. Benjamin Curry, who reflects on Mark 10:17-31. Ben shares: “Pride is about getting down to earth and being true to who you have always been. No shame. You cannot truly understand pride unless you truly understand shame…and release it.”
“There is something in every one of you that waits, listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself and if you cannot hear it, you will never find whatever it is for which you are searching.…” – Howard ThurmanListen as Melanie Vaughn-West shares her search for the genuine in her own heart and invites… Read more »
“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 »
Just as the disciples on Palm Sunday had no clue that they were about to experience Jesus’ death and resurrection and the miraculous appearance of the Holy Spirit, so we in the early days of Covid had no clue as to what would lie ahead. What do we know today that was hidden from us… Read more »