“Treasure Community” 06-06-21 Pastor Stephen Sanders Part II of the Sermon Series “Treasure the Gifts”

 

I feel like I’m beginning to emerge from a long tunnel. After 15-months of slogging through the dark, I’m beginning to see glimmers of light. I might even call it “normalcy.”  I’ve gone out to eat – twice. I gathered with friends on Memorial Day. We sat around, visited, and laughed.

This Sunday Oak Hill is taking a step closer to normalcy. We’re resuming in-person Sunday School for all ages. Please note the new schedule:

  • 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
  • 11:00 a.m. In-person and online worship
  • When we need more space for worship, we’ll add an additional worship time at 8:30 a.m.

Resuming in-person Sunday School is about so much more than what a group studies in class.  It’s about something many of us have missed over the last year: Gathering with other people.  It’s about community.

Serendipitously (or perhaps through the work of the Holy Spirit), our theme in worship is “community.” In our scripture passage (Genesis 2: 15-22), God places the first human being in a Garden of Paradise. Adam (his name roughly translates as “earthling”) had everything he needed to survive. He had fresh produce, clean water, even a one-on-one relationship with God. Yet God notices that there is something missing. It is the same thing many of us have missed this last year: other people. Community.

Join us this week as we experience the importance of community in our lives.

  • If you have been part of a Sunday School class/group, gather together as you are comfortable and ready. You may contact the church office to see where your group will meet.
  • If you do not yet have a class/group, come about 9:30 and visit with Vicki Matustik in the Courtyard outside the sanctuary doors. She’ll help you find a group that is right for you.

After a long 15-months, let’s experience and treasure the wonderful gift of Christian community.

NOTE: We will share in Holy Communion on Sunday.

  • We have individually packaged Communion elements available.
  • If you prefer, you may bring your own bread and juice.
  • Whether you are in the sanctuary or watching online, we will consecrate the elements and share in Holy Communion. By the way, the root of the word “communion” is the same as the root of the word “community.” Think there might be a connection?

Blessings,Pastor Stephen