“Taming the Lion”

On May 28, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Peter 5:6-11. Our Scripture on Sunday comes from a letter sent to persecuted Christians. I’ve struggled with the passage because persecution is not something most of us live with today, at least not because of our faith. It does contain some wonderful promises and words of comfort. For example: “Cast […]

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“The Jesus Baton”

On May 28, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 24:44-53. This Sunday is Ascension Sunday when the risen Jesus ascends into the clouds following his resurrection days on earth. When thinking about this scene, William Barclay once said, “No one has ever succeeded in painting a picture of the Ascension which was anything other than grotesque and ridiculous.” It’s […]

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“Adoption”

On May 21, Pastor Jim preaches on John 14:15-21. When Jesus told the disciples he would be leaving them “in a little while,” the disciples reacted like frightened children. They were afraid they would be orphaned. Jesus promised them that they would not be so. He promised the coming of another “Advocate” who would stick close to […]

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“Suffering for Good”

On May 21, Pastor Katy preaches on 1 Peter 3:13-22. In talking about suffering, we’ve all heard people say things like “this is your cross to bear.” But there are different kinds of suffering, and a difference between being a victim and a martyr. When 1 Peter talks about suffering for doing good, it’s talking […]

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“Naomi’s God”

On May 14, Mother’s Day, Pastor Katy preaches on Ruth 1:2-5, 14-18. Mother’s Day is a day when we celebrate all the women in our lives, but written by men in a patriarchal era, we catch only rare glimpses of the lives of women in biblical times. One of these glimpses comes in the story […]

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“The Gate”

On May 7, Pastor Jim preaches on John 10:1-10. John’s Gospel contains the great “I Am” statements of Jesus: “I am: the bread of life; the light of the world; the good shepherd; the resurrection and the life; the way, the truth, and the life; the true vine.” Sunday we will consider the time Jesus said, […]

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“Where’s the Fence!?”

On May 7, Pastor Katy preaches on John 10:1-10. It’s “Good Shepherd” Sunday, so we turn to the 10th chapter of John. It’s the chapter where Jesus’ claim to be the “Good Shepherd” has resulted in countless paintings and artistic renditions of the gentle-faced shepherd carrying a wayward sheep on his shoulders. We picture this […]

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“We Are All a New Creation”

On April 30, Pastor Pam preaches on 2 Corinthians 5:16-20. This Sunday at the 11:15 service we will be welcoming 12 youth into membership here at Oak Hill UMC.  Come join us as we learn more about what it means to be a new creation in Christ. Paul was a persuasive disciple who worked hard, helping […]

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“Easter is a God Thing”

On April 23, the Rev. Dr. Tim Abel preaches on John 20:19-31. The apostle Thomas didn’t believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. He needed to experience it for himself by “putting my hand where the nails had entered his hands and by putting my hand in his side.” Sound familiar? We need to […]

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“He’s Not Here”

On April 16, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 28:1-10. Earthquake! That’s what greeted the followers of Jesus and the entire city of Jerusalem that first Easter Sunday. Matthew is the only Gospel that tells us this. We are used to Easter: the baskets, the song about the hopping rabbit, and, of course, church. In a way it’s a rather […]

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