Hope

Hope… As we enter into the season of Advent and begin preparing our hearts to meet the baby born in the manger that brings light to the world, we are greeted with HOPE, a feeling of expectation and desire for something to happen.

“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind when I first begin thinking about hope. In the Old Testament God promised to bring the scattered Jewish exiles out of Babylon and back into their homeland. He was willing to listen to their prayers and allowed them to call on him. It took 70 years for this to happen but the good news was He had prosperous plans for His people. And the same is true today.

Just like the Jewish exiles waiting for the time to re-enter their homeland, today we enter into Advent, the season of waiting and preparing our hearts for the good news. When I enter into Advent, I reflect on where I am in my relationship with God. Am I walking hand in hand with him dwelling in me or have I left Him out of the journey? Am I calling on him faithfully or randomly? Is my heart dimly lit like a smoldering piece of coal or am I shining bright like a star with His love? Where do I see hope?

This Advent season let’s enter the time of darkness together, examining our hearts and the anticipation of the birth of the baby that will bring us light and give us hope.

But, in a crazy busy hurried world how do we prepare our hearts during Advent? We begin by reaching out to God…asking him to guide us on this journey to His star. This could be by reading the Bible, participating in a daily devotion, through prayer, sitting quietly listening to hear his voice, attending worship and carving out daily time with Him. He is shining bright and waiting patiently for us to reach out to him.

The good news is He is faithful and has promised restoration to you and me. His plan may not be what we think it should look like or at the time we feel is correct, we may have to wait just like the Jewish exiles, but what is true is His plan is perfect and to prosper me. Fortunately, it is here in this time of Advent we can be healed and made whole. It is here we can be forgiven and find hope. And it is here our light will shine bright.

How will you begin the season of Advent? Where do you see hope?

May God’s love and light shine bright in you!

Prayer: Dear Lord, During this Advent season bless the times I am choosing to sit and be still in your presence; listening and looking for you; rekindling my passion and love for You reminding me that it is a precious gift to sit in your presence. When I search my heart show me the places I need to entrust into Your care so I will be renewed and refreshed. And may Your love and light shine brightly in and through me so others will know your love.

– Susan Crews, 2017

Preparing for Immanuel

Monday, 11/30/2020

As a child, one of the earliest signs that Christmas was approaching was the arrival of the Sears Christmas Catalog. My two brothers and I spent happy times thumbing the pages, dog-eared from looking at the colorful pictures of new toys and classics. These days, the internet and online shopping have replaced those practices.

It may be a function of age, but lately it seems to me there are signs of Christmas earlier and earlier every year. Christmas displays mingle with Halloween costumes right after Labor Day. There is much discussion on social media about how early is too early to put up the family Christmas tree and decorate. There is much to do to be ready but we must prepare our hearts as well. Will you be ready?

Isaiah 7:14 NIRV “The Lord will give you a sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel.”

This prophecy is fulfilled with the birth of the Christ child, which we celebrate at Christmas. So how can we prepare for Immanuel, God with us? Along with the decorating and party going, we can attend worship, pray, and give. The act of reading this devotional is one step toward seeking to be present with God, and God present with us. Giving is another aspect of acknowledging the greatest gift ever, Christ the Lord, Immanuel, who gave His life that all that believe on Him will have eternal life. Giving of yourself, your offering, talents, and time to others brings glory to God and presents an opportunity to share God’s love, thus seeking God’s

presence. Prepare your hearts as we seek Jesus this Advent season.

Heavenly Father, we give thanks that you sent your one and only son, Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem on Christmas morn. Prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Our King during this holiest season.

-Robert Garrett 2019

The First Sunday of Advent ~ Worship Link

Good Morning!
Today is the First Sunday of Advent and the first Sunday of a new Christian Year. As we turn to Advent, we turn to a season of anticipation and waiting for the Coming of Jesus Christ, our Messiah and King.
We hope you find this service meaningful and inspirational as we worship the Lord together.

Here is a link to the Oxford Baptist Church YouTube Channel.

The Service LiveStream should begin about 9:50, but if it is not there, continue to check back, it should be up and running by 10am. Should you miss us at 10am eastern, you will be able to find the service in the Past Live Streams section of our YouTube channel.

As you join us for worship, you may want to use the bulletin to follow along with our prayers and hymns. The link for that is here:

Please consider worshiping with us in person for worship next Sunday, December 6th. Anyone willing to follow the protocols set by the Deacon’s Logistics team may call or email the office by Wednesday at 1pm to reserve a spot. Details about making a reservation are in other posts below.

God bless you and have a great week.

Worship Link for Sunday, November 22, 2020

Good Morning!
Today is the last Sunday of the Christian Year. Next year we begin a new year as we turn to Advent and a season of anticipation. Today, we celebrate Christ the King Sunday. We hope you find this service meaningful and inspirational as we worship the Lord together.

Here is a link to the Oxford Baptist Church YouTube Channel.

The Service LiveStream should begin about 9:50, but if it is not there, continue to check back, it should be up and running by 10am. Should you miss us at 10am eastern, you will be able to find the service in the Past Live Streams section of our YouTube channel.

As you join us for worship, you may want to use the bulletin to follow along with our prayers and hymns. The link for that is here:

Please consider worshiping with us in person for worship next Sunday, November 29th. Anyone willing to follow the protocols set by the Deacon’s Logistics team may call or email the office by Wednesday at 1pm to reserve a spot. Details about making a reservation are in other posts below.

Finally, if you haven’t shard in the Fall Concert by Cindy Joy, Haven Parrot and Sam Hampton, Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow it is available on our YouTube Channel. It features beautiful music and images. Our musicians and Steve Perkins have done an amazing job putting it all together for us to enjoy. Thank you for taking time to share in this with all of us!

God bless you and have a great week.

November 15th Worship Link and Order of Service

Good Morning!

Here is a link to the Oxford Baptist Church YouTube Channel.

The Service LiveStream should begin about 9:50, but if it is not there, continue to check back as it is still a work in progress.

If you join us for worship you may want to use the bulletin to follow along with our prayers and hymns. The link for that is below.

Please consider worshiping with us in person for worship next Sunday, November 22nd. Anyone willing to follow the protocols set by the Deacon’s Logistics team may call or email the office by Thursday to reserve a spot. Details about making a reservation are in other posts below.

Finally, if you haven’t shard in the Fall Concert by Cindy Joy, Haven Parrot and Sam Hampton, Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow it is available on our YouTube Channel. It features beautiful music and images. Our musicians and Steve Perkins have done an amazing job putting it all together for us to enjoy. Thank you for taking time to share in this with all of us!

God bless you and have a great week.

Fall Worship Concert

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
FALL CONCERT
A virtual concert from the Sanctuary of
Oxford Baptist Church
Sunday, November 8th, 2020
3:00 pm
Cindy Joy, Sam Hampton and Haven Parrott

Join Here!

Worship Links for November 8, 2020

Good Morning!

Here is a link to the Oxford Baptist Church YouTube Channel.

The Service LiveStream should begin about 9:50, but if it is not there, continue to check back as it is still a work in progress.

If you join us for worship you may want to use the bulletin to follow along with our prayers and hymns. The link for that is below.

Please consider worshiping with us in person for worship next Sunday, November 15th. Anyone willing to follow the protocols set by the Deacon’s Logistics team may call or email the office by Thursday to reserve a spot. Details about making a reservation are in other posts below.

Finally, today at 3pm we will release a Fall Concert by Cindy Joy, Haven Parrot and Sam Hampton. Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow will feature beautiful music and images. Our musicians and Steve Perkins have done an amazing job putting it all together for us to enjoy. Thank you for taking time to share in this with all of us!

God bless you and have a great week.

November 1st, 2020 Worship Links

Good Morning!

Here is a link to the Oxford Baptist Church YouTube Channel.

If you join us for worship you may want to use the bulletin to follow along with our prayers and hymns. The link for that is below.

Please consider worshiping with us in person for worship next Sunday. Anyone willing to follow the protocols set by the Deacon’s Logistics team may call or email the office by Thursday to reserve a spot. Details about making a reservation are in other posts below.

God bless you and have a great week!

Sunday Morning Worship Bulletin and Service Link

Access Worship from today on our YouTube Channel
Above is a link to today’s service.
The Live-Stream will begin about 9:55 am

After the service concludes, you can find the service in the
Past Live Streams section of our YouTube channel.
(note: if you watch the past live stream you will need to fast forward to the beginning of the service past the welcome slide)

Below is the PDF of the Order of Service.
Please click on the link and document to view it in its entirety.
Details about attending worship are on the Forecaster, in the E-News, and below.

If you have any further questions at all, please contact the church office or drop us an email.
God Bless,Chris and the Staff

How to attend Worship next Week
If you would like to attend worship on November 1st at 10 am, you will need to call the office between Monday, October 26th and Thursday, October 29th, to make a reservation with Martha Hight.
You also may email Martha before Noon on Thursday the 29th.
When you call, Martha will ask you to respond to these questions:
1.    Have you or anyone in their household tested positive forCOVID in the past 14 days?
2.    Have you or anyone in your household been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days?
3.    Are you waiting on results of a COVID test?
4.    Have you had a fever, a cough, loss of taste/smell or shortness of breath in the last 14 days?
You must be able to answer questions 1-4 with a “NO”. You must also be willing to take your temperature at home on Sunday Morning to make sure you are not running a fever and you must be willing to wear a mask while at the church. These are not negotiable, and we trust you will understand why.
For those who choose to refrain from attending worship in-person, the service will be streamed on our YouTube channel. A recording of the service will be available there shortly after the streamed service ends. You can subscribe to the channel and an email will be sent each Sunday morning with a link to the live-stream and an order of service for the day.
In the coming weeks we hope to expand the number of folks who can attend services and streamline the process for making reservations and attending. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Deacon Chairman (Andy Archer), Vice-Chairman (Greg Hicks), your deacon, or the church staff. This entire project is a work in progress and we look forward to the ways we learn and grow together by carefully taking these steps as a church.
God Bless,The Logistics Team of the Deacons

Sunday Morning Worship Link for October 18, 2020

Access Worship on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYkkIURGhAiaSFNETfs_n9Q

This morning our worship link is to our first ever streaming service.
The service you watch this morning is happening live at 10am on Sunday.

Above is the link to our service.
Below is the PDF of the Order of Service.

Please click on the link and document to view it in its entirety.
Details about attending worship are on the Forecaster, in the E-News, and below.

If you have any further questions at all, please contact the church office or drop us an email.
God Bless,Chris and the Staff

How to attend Worship at 10am on October 25th
If you would like to attend worship on the 25th at 10 am, you will need to call the office between Monday, October 19th and Thursday, October 22nd, to make a reservation with Martha Hight. When you call, Martha will ask you to respond to these questions:
1.    Have you or anyone in their household tested positive forCOVID in the past 14 days?
2.    Have you or anyone in your household been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days?
3.    Are you waiting on results of a COVID test?
4.    Have you had a fever, a cough, loss of taste/smell or shortness of breath in the last 14 days?

You must be able to answer questions 1-4 with a “NO”. You must also be willing to take your temperature at home on Sunday Morning to make sure you are not running a fever and you must be willing to wear a mask while at the church. These are not negotiable, and we trust you will understand why.

For those who are unwilling or unable to attend worship in-person, the service will be streamed on our YouTube channel. A recording of the service will be available there shortly after the streamed service ends. You can subscribe to the channel and an email will be sent each Sunday morning with a link to the live-stream and an order of service for the day.
In the coming weeks we hope to expand the number of folks who can attend services and streamline the process for making reservations and attending. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Deacon Chairman (Andy Archer), Vice-Chairman (Greg Hicks), your deacon, or the church staff. This entire project is a work in progress and we look forward to the ways we learn and grow together by carefully taking these steps as a church.

God Bless,The Logistics Team of the Deacons