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Pastor's Point - March 2022

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Dear Church Family,

We need to pray. We need to pray not because something is wrong. We need to pray because doing so is right. We have a lot to pray about! We have been through a lot as a church family, and God has a lot for us to walk in and accomplish in the future for His glory!

I have often used the simple little acrostic A.C.T.S. to help me prioritize and organize my prayer time. Of course, this acrostic stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. R.C. Sproul shares a helpful little description of these areas as he states…
“The first element of prayer should be adoration, or praise. The Psalms, which are inspired samples of godly prayer, are heavily weighted on the side of adoration. I’ve noticed over many years that as we grow in the discipline and in the delight of prayer, it seems that we naturally spend more and more of our time on this first element.
Second, prayer should include confession of our sin; as we remember who we are when we come into God’s presence, we see that we have come short of His holiness and have need of His forgiveness.
Third, when we pray, we should always give thanks, remembering the grace and mercy God has shown
toward us.
Fourth, prayer rightly includes supplication or petition, bringing our requests for the needs of others and ourselves to God.
Adoration:
Spend some time giving praise to God for who He is and for what he has done. Focus on your personal walk with the Lord, your family life, and your church life. We all have much to praise our God for.
Confession:
Spend time getting honest before the Lord. He already knows the details of your life. By your confessing you are not informing God, but you are humbling yourself and admitting to God your spiritual state. Seek restoration with your Heavenly Father. He is faithful and loving. He is the perfect father, and you can freely approach him and confess your sin and walk in right relationship with him.
Thanksgiving:
God showers us with his grace and mercy daily in our lives. There is so much to be thankful for. Take time to consider the details of your personal life. Thank God for all he has done and is doing. But also thank God for what he is doing in the life of our church family. Thank him for His faithfulness to us as a church family this past year. We have seen people come to faith in Christ, most of our ministries are back and actively
ministering to people, he has provided for us financially to exceed our yearly budget by a little over 2%, as well as exceeding our first goal of $750,000.00 in our One Family, One Mission capital campaign! His financial provision allows us to make initial improvements to North Campus, develop out our children’s and student areas at South Campus, as well as paying down the debt on the North Campus property. We have much to thank our God for!!
Supplication:
What is that you need to ask God to do in the lives of people that you know, as well as your own life? Of course, only you can answer that for yourself. But as it relates to our church family allow me to give you two things to bring to the Lord.
Our next Worship Pastor – Ask God to give us clear direction as we search. Ask God to bless Ty, Jeff, and Mat as they give leadership during this interim time. Ask God to bless and strengthen all our singers, musicians, and technical team as they all step up and faithfully serve our church family.
Our willingness to serve – God has blessed us to get most of our ministry back up and running, but we need more help to go forward. Ask God to raise up people who are willing to serve in our church. We need more people to serve on our chair set up teams. We need more people to serve in the nursey. We need more people willing to serve in our children and student ministries. We need more people to serve on our hospitality team. We need more people to serve in our local missions. And as our projects at South Campus begin, we are going to need people to help us to frame, hang dry wall, paint, and on and on it goes. Pray for a spirit of servanthood to sweep through our church family. It is time to go forward asking God to use us to serve others and reengage back into the life of our church family.

We need to pray not because something is wrong, but because it is the right thing to do. May God bless the prayers of his people!!

I love you and I love being your pastor!

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Pastor's Point - February 2022

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Dear Church Family,

I thought it might be fitting to share some from my heart about the importance of corporate worship in our church family.  As most of you should know by now, Pastor Derek is leaving our church to accept a call back to his home church in Michigan. This is a unique and special opportunity for him to minister in the church where he was raised with the same pastor that pastored him while he was growing up.  We will be praying for Derek, Laura, and the children as they go to this new assignment. We have already put in place a short-term plan to cover the worship responsibilities with talented people from within our church. We will continue worshipping God each Sunday by giving Him the worship that He deserves. 

Please be praying for me as I initiate the search for our next worship pastor.  Our church graciously allows me to begin the process as Lead Pastor which I am very thankful for. Our worship pastor position will be advertised in different places and as people submit their resumes, a vetting process will take place that will include considering the candidates philosophy of worship, theological convictions, experience in ministry, and training in worship ministry. Through this process I will be talking to those in our worship ministry for input into the search. They minister weekly with our worship pastor, and I would like to hear from them and gain their input into the process. As God leads us to a few leading candidates I will also be talking and consulting the other elders in our church as well. When the search narrows and focuses on one specific candidate, we will then have that person meet with our personnel team to be interviewed.  At that time, if all goes well, we will plan for this person to come in for a weekend to meet with the people of our church through meetings, and then lead worship for us on that weekend. By God’s grace we would then ask our church for a vote of affirmation to issue a call to that person to come and be the next worship pastor of our church. Please be praying for this very important time in the life of our church family.

I agree with this quote about worship that I found by John Wesley. He states, “Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep, but lift up your voice with strength.” I would want our next worship pastor to know that I agree with that statement.  And I want this person to know that our worship services need to be marked by three key ingredients. 
The worship at Oakhill needs to be God Centered. 
The worship at Oakhill needs to be singable, powerful, dynamic, and moving. 
The worship at Oakhill needs to be led by people who love God and love leading others to worship the one true and living God. 

I want people to enter our worship services and take their eyes off themselves. I want them to take their eyes off the trials and pressures of this life. I want them to worship the One who has saved us, and the One who ministers to us while we live in the middle of this desperately hurting and hard world.  He is worthy to be praised, and we need to make sure that we are doing that correctly every time we gather for worship. 

I love you and I love being your pastor!

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