Greetings Oak Hill Church,
I am sure that there have been many lessons, reminders, and realities that have become reinforced or cemented in your minds and hearts during these weeks of sheltering in place. As we collectively begin to move the dial seemingly back to some semblance of normalcy (whatever that may mean), it will be interesting to see how some of these learned principles go with us. For example, you may have grown accustomed to this new rhythm that we have been on. In speaking with many of you, the additional time to not have to be running around chasing schedules, due dates, and timelines has been a welcome relief. For others, the increased time investing in family has been refreshing (Of course, you may also be ready for a break from some members in your family, but looking back you will definitely have appreciated this time nonetheless…) Even the inner introvert in all of us might have appreciated these quiet moments to one degree or another as well.
Regardless of where you are at on the spectrum, one of the true joys for me during this time, and one that I have heard countless times from others, is the greater connection that each of us are experiencing with God’s Word. Whether you were in a normal rhythm of going to His Word and taking in the promises of Scripture or not, there is no doubt that this time has given each of us the opportunity to be strengthened in our faith or be still before the Lord and take in what He is trying to show and teach us during this time. We have all had opportunities in these past weeks to be shaped by a fuller realization of His power, His provision, and our reliance and need for who He is and what He does. Like all of the previous things I have mentioned, I hope that this does not phase out once we come back into a post-COVID world. I hope and pray for me, and for you, that this time would bear fruit in thankfulness to God for how He carried us through these times and a reminder of the power and presence of His Word that guides our lives, calms our hearts, and refreshes our spirit.
This week, we continue in our series on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossian Church and we get to Chapter 2, which houses our theme verses for this series. In verses 6 and 7, Paul writes: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Let our prayer be that we have been built up and strengthened in our faith during this time and let our lives coming out of this be continuously shaped by the gift of faith and new life that allows us to overflow in thanksgiving to those around us for what has been done for us and given to us by Christ.
Connecting Lives in Grace and Truth
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Oak Hill Spring Clean Up
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Pastor Ben and the Oak Hill Elder Board