June 10 update
Greetings Oak Hill Church,
There is immense benefit to repetition. Think about anything you have done or tried before for the first time. Perhaps many of you cannot remember some of these early times, but at some point you learned how to walk, to tie your shoelaces, to ride a bike, to drive a car, to write your name, to make a meal. How? Probably through repetition. The sheer number of attempts, tries, and experiences all paved a way to familiarity, comfort, and confidence in those tasks that you were learning to do.
Now, as true as this can be, the opposite is also true. As a former basketball player and coach, I know that repetition is key to developing a consistent jump shot. A basketball player must shoot hundreds upon thousands of shots to build the muscle memory necessary to help give them success in any game or contest. For those of you who have been away from the game for a while, there should be no surprise that when you pick up a basketball after not shooting one for several years, the results won’t necessarily be pretty. We benefit from doing things that are good for us often.
All of us have felt the reality of this during these past months. So many of the activities we used to do, be involved in, and have a part of our repetitive routine have really changed and been altered. The things that we used to do more often maybe now happen less often and we feel the effects of it. Whether it is getting a haircut, going to the gym to work out, or even going to dinner with a friend, we feel the gap and the hole that exists when we don’t do those things relatively often or in the way we are used to having them done.
Much of these same feelings can be shared as the Church; as a body of believers. So much of our faith journey has been tied into attending a worship service with fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. Many people attend weekly Bible studies or small groups, we socialize with one another, we collectively gather to build relationships and encourage one another. We repeatedly come together to connect our lives with one another and with our Savior. We do this often because it is both good and beneficial for us.
All of us have felt this time apart in various ways. Many of you have shared about the isolation and loneliness that can creep in or think about the close friends and our collective church family that you are missing dearly. And it is in this that we are met with this reminder once again: God never intended us to live this life on our own. He never designed the Christian walk or faith journey to be done by ourselves.
It is out of this reality that we live and share life together as best we can during these unique times. On Sunday, June 14, from 6:00-7:00 pm, we will have the opportunity to share in something that we are invited to partake in often: The Lord’s Supper. Jesus instructed His followers to partake in this meal often. And as often as they did this, they were to remember Him; they were to remember His love for them, His sacrifice for them, and the hope that is found only in Him. We get that opportunity to share and remember that as well.
Each of you are invited to a Drive-up Communion service this Sunday evening from 6:00-7:00 pm. Some of our elders and I will be hanging out in the church parking lot and we will be ready and available to serve you this special and significant meal. The idea would be to drive your vehicle into the church parking lot where we will have several designated spots for you to park. Once you park, we ask that you remain in your vehicle and one of us will come and share in communion with you. This will be a great opportunity for us to connect a bit with you, encourage you, pray with you, and share in this Sacrament as fellow believers in the Lord.
A few things to note:
Connecting Lives in Grace and Truth
Resuming In-Person Gatherings
Media Team Volunteers
Oak Hill Spring Clean Up
Pastor Ben and the Oak Hill Elder Board
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