Oconee Presbyterian Church
08-11-19, Faith into Action, Week 1 of 4, Holy Polis of God

08-11-19, Faith into Action, Week 1 of 4, Holy Polis of God

August 11, 2019

After a three month sabbatical, from May through July, our pastor Rev. Joel returns to the pulpit. He comes back to us to share one of his goals for the Sabbatical... to focus on his own faith. Today, he begins a new sermon series on Faith, what faith is and what faith does in a community, using Hebrews 11-13.

From Hebrews, faith is the "assurance of things we can only hope for, and a conviction of things not seen." Abraham is an example of faith. Well, what did Abraham hope for? What was Abraham so convicted about, that he could not yet see? Abraham believed in the city (polis) of God. Can we see it yet? Do we hope for it? Are we so convicted we will work for it? That is the milk of faith.

Rev. Joel L. Tolbert preaching Hebrews 11

08-04-19, Back to School, Week 1 of 1, Finding God in the Busy-Ness

08-04-19, Back to School, Week 1 of 1, Finding God in the Busy-Ness

August 4, 2019

The Pastoral sabbatical is over, and Rev. Joel is back among us. Joel isn't preaching today. Instead, Rev. Dr. Glenn Doak is our guest preacher today. Glenn preached Joel's first Sunday away and moderated Session all summer. On this weekend, there were two significant mass shootings in our country. Glenn decided to change all his plans, and preach on Psalm 46, and how to find and commune with God in the midst of the chaos and busy-ness around us.

Rev. Dr. Glenn Doak preaching Psalm 46

07-28-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 14 of 14, Chill Be Still

07-28-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 14 of 14, Chill Be Still

July 28, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Craig Topple. Craig helps us see the difference between work and rest, from the first story of creation, and from Mary and Martha. What does it look like for God to rest? Why is work sometimes the wrong thing to do now or next? How does creativity come out of stillness?

Rev. Craig Topple preaching Luke 10

07-21-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 13 of 14, Ask and It Will Be Given

07-21-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 13 of 14, Ask and It Will Be Given

July 21, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Hillary Shuford, the Executive Presbyter of Northeast Georgia Presbytery. She reads from the letters and gospels and invites us to know the peace, forgiveness, wholeness, and peace that is only possible in Jesus the Christ through prayer, using the Lord's prayer.

Rev. Hillary Shuford preaching Colossians 2 and Luke 11

07-14-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 12 of 14, Wont You Be My Neighbor

07-14-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 12 of 14, Wont You Be My Neighbor

July 14, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Will Norman. The Revised Common Lectionary gave Will the tough text from Luke 10 on the good samaritan on the same weekend that immigration raids and children separation policies were being rampantly enforced. He tried to preach with integrity and was challenged by some in the congregation. The podcast was edited to skip over some other worship moments after the sermon but include Will's invitation and benediction which came at the end of the worship service.

Rev. Will Norman preaching Luke 10

07-07-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 11 of 14, Holy Nation Belonging to God

07-07-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 11 of 14, Holy Nation Belonging to God

July 7, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Joan Stevens. Its Independence Day weekend in our nation, so Joan helps us hear God's wisdom and instruction in being a holy community.

Rev. Joan Stevens preaching Exodus 19, and 1 Peter 2

06-30-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 10 of 14, High Fivin the Children

06-30-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 10 of 14, High Fivin the Children

June 30, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Rindy Trouteaud. Why did Jesus have such an affinity for the youngest, and what did he mean by his lessons about children? Rindy invites us to include the children in all we do, and to let them lead us toward the kingdom.

Rev. Rindy Trouteaud preaching Mark 9 and 10.

06-23-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 9 of 14, Vacation Bible Adventure

06-23-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 9 of 14, Vacation Bible Adventure

June 23, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome our own Rev. Christin Norman, the Director of Children's Ministries. Christian along with many of the youth and children of the church will read and preach from this week's Vacation Bible Adventure lessons. May the whole congregation share in the abundant learnings of our youngest ones.

 

06-16-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 8 of 14, May I Speak to Wisdom

06-16-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 8 of 14, May I Speak to Wisdom

June 16, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Craig Topple. Craig imagines with us how to hear and speak Wisdom all around us, and is preaching from Proverbs 8 and John 16. 

06-09-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 7 of 14, Montreat HS Youth Sunday

06-09-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 7 of 14, Montreat HS Youth Sunday

June 9, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome home our High Schoolers from Montreat Youth Conference (montreat.org). Different youth read and preach from Scriptures, and reflect on the theme of the week "Let Love Lead"

Andrew Stansell reading Jonah 4, and John 21 - Clay Baer preaching

Peyton Ward reading Luke 19 - Peyton Ward and Joel Loftin preaching

Tommy Sims reading Luke 15 -  John Sims preaching

Caroline McArthur and Mattie Scaffe preaching from Revelation 21 and 22