Sunday, June 14 @ Oak Grove

Sunday School – 9:30 AM
Worship Service – 10:30 AM (potluck lunch following)
Choir Practice – 5:30 PM
Sunday Study – 6:30 PM (Grant Brown leading)

Today is my final day as the pastor of Oak Grove UMC. Next Sunday Justus Booth will officially begin as Oak Grove’s new pastor. As the outgoing pastor, I welcome Bro. Justus and I hope that you will as well. I feel that Oak Grove UMC will be in excellent hands and I give my thanks to the District Superintendent for seeing fit to appoint him here. As for me, over the next couple of weeks I will be transitioning to the Kentucky Annual Conference where I will be serving a congregation while I attend Asbury Theological Seminary. I take this moment of personal privilege to let you know what’s going on in case you aren’t aware of the impending change and you are unable to attend the worship service this morning. In that vein, I also thank everyone at Oak Grove UMC for all of the love shown to Jessica and I over the last two and a half years. We will miss you all tremendously.

Someone asked me what my final sermon at Oak Grove UMC was going to be about. I can sum it up like this: Jesus loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it. We, as the church, are always connected through our Lord and nothing will ever change that. No matter where we go, no matter what we do, Jesus’ love remains and it connects us all. This love is important because, ultimately, it’s the very basis of what Christ did for us on the cross. He loves us so much that he died for us. That love endures, nothing can separate us from it and there’s nothing you can do about it!

I’d love to see you at 10:30. Come just as you are and bring someone with you. We will share a meal after worship too so you can come have your soul and your belly fed!

May the grace and peace of our Lord that transcends all things and barriers be with you.

Bro. Jonathan

Sunday, June 7 @ Oak Grove

Sunday School – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM
Choir Practice – 5:30 PM
Sunday Night Study – 6:30 PM

Today we’re talking about music. One of the buzz phrases that pastors hear a lot of is “worship wars.” This is a way of expressing the frustration that is often felt as a church tries to decide whether to play traditional church music, contemporary or a blending of the two. Psalm 149 tells us to sing and shout to the Lord with excitement and playing of instruments. Does this mean we should invest in a full band? Not necessarily. The question is, what are you doing in your soul? Let’s talk about it! We will also celebrate Holy Communion. As always, the Lord’s table is open to one and all!

Come just as you are and bring someone with you. No matter what, you are always welcome at Oak Grove!

Sunday, May 24th @ Oak Grove

holyspirit2-1210-690x353Sunday School – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM
Cade House Consecration – 1:00 PM
No evening activities tonight.

Today is what’s known as Pentecost Sunday on the church calendar. Essentially, this is the Christian church’s birthday! We read in Acts 2 that the people were gathered together, people of all sorts of nationalities and races. Next thing they know, the sound of a mighty wind is heard and the Holy Spirit comes upon them, resting on each one as a flaming tongue. And then they begin to speak in different languages (tongues) as they were enabled. And yet, while they were speaking their native tongues, they were understood by everyone else as if the people speaking were speaking the hearer’s language. What a miracle! God intended for the church to be this diverse; this was truly a moment of “Holy Diversity.” That’s what we’re talking about today!

After worship, we will consecrate the new home of Tim and Julie Cade. All are invited for this wonderful time of celebration. Tim and Julie will also host an open house and refreshments will also be served.

There will be no evening activities tonight.

Come join us for an amazing day of worship and celebration. Wear something red if you’re able. Otherwise, come just as you are – you are welcome at Oak Grove!

In Christ,
Bro. Jonathan

Sunday, May 17th @ Oak Grove

baccalaureateSunday School – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM
Family Dinner – After worship
Choir Practice – 5:30 PM
Sunday Evening Study – 6:30 PM

The pursuit of wisdom is part of living out the call to be followers of Christ. The Psalmist began the great song book by writing the praises of wisdom. This tells us several things, probably the biggest of which is that wisdom is not only important to the world but also to God. Psalm 1 will be our text today as we talk about wisdom and also recognize our high school graduate!

Today we will also have our family dinner meal immediately following the worship service (this is normally held on the second Sunday of the month but was moved due to some scheduling conflicts).

We would love to have you worship with us this morning. Come as you are to learn more about the wonder of wisdom and enjoy a free meal with us!

Sunday, May 3 @ Oak Grove

vineSunday School – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM
Choir Practice – 5:30 PM
Evening Study – 6:30 PM

Being connected to each other is essential. The human connection has been put to work in places like Nepal where humanitarian aid from all over the world is being given. Regardless of distance, all people are connected in various ways. To me, it’s part of what makes us human!

As Christians, we are called not to shut ourselves off from others. We are called to share the journey. Think of it this way: Many people think of having a personal relationship with Christ as if they and Jesus are in a two-seater convertible. Just them and Jesus riding off into the sunset that is eternity. The proper way to think about being in relationship with Christ is that we certainly do have that relationship but instead of a car we’re in a large bus! We branch off from Christ and are also connected with one another, going on to perfection together. Being connected is what we are talking about today!

You are invited to come and worship with us. Also, come and celebrate holy communion. Our being connected makes us one big family. Families share meals together and this meal is the best of all. God invites all to partake so even if you are not a member of Oak Grove, you are still part of the family and can commune with us!

I hope to see YOU!

In Christ,
Bro. Jonathan

Homecoming Sunday 4/19/15 @ Oak Grove

welcomehomeWe are all are excited about celebrating our homecoming tomorrow! This is the first homecoming service that I have been directly involved in and it’s been a pleasure to help plan this special day. I hope you and your family are able to celebrate with us and that the worship service is meaningful as well as a glory to God. Rev. Rusty White, whose first pastoral appointment was to Oak Grove, will be our guest preacher. He and his family have extensive ties to the church and community and he is looking forward to being “home” with us. We will also begin revival services tomorrow night and continue through Wednesday.

For more information about these special services, including about our special guests, please click here! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

In Christ,
Bro. Jonathan

Easter Sunday 4/5/15 @ Oak Grove

colorfulheisrisenSunday School – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM
No evening activities.

In a tradition going back to the earliest days of the Christian church, I greet you with “He is risen!” A traditional answer back is, “He is risen indeed!”

Today is the highest day in the Christian church where we remember that as Christians we are not all about death but resurrection. We are resurrection people. We know because of Christ rising from the grave that there is victory over death available to us all and we give Him the praise for it. In an often dark and gloom-filled world, the resurrection gives us wonder, hope and even adds color to our world. Come celebrate with us!

If you have stumbled across this page, know that you are invited to come and worship with us, just as you are. Bring someone or many someones with you to hear this wonderful message this morning.

We will also celebrate this day by taking Holy Communion. All people who seek Christ are invited to the table!

As noted above, we will not have evening activities today. Come, and celebrate the risen Christ with us!

Bro. Jonathan

Palm Sunday March 29, 2015 @ Oak Grove

palm_sundaySunday school – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM
Choir Practice – 5:30 PM
Study on Revival by Rev. Adam Hamilton – 6:30 PM

Today is the day on the church calendar where we celebrate the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem in the most humble way possible: On a simple donkey colt. The people celebrated, waved palm branches, laid their cloaks on the ground at the donkey’s feet and shouted “Hosanna!” What a wonderful day it was. Today’s scripture is found in Mark 11:1-11 (CEB).

Last year I did a narrative sermon where I told the Palm Sunday from the perspective of the donkey colt. This year, we’re talking a look at what the donkey’s master must have thought about all of this. You are invited to suspend your disbelief, allow some levity and to hear an encouraging message about our amazing Lord.

Tonight we will also have our final installment of Revival by Adam Hamilton. Even if you haven’t been part of the study up to this point, come and hear about how we can be revived to live fuller lives for Christ.

Come as you are and bring someone with you to begin Holy Week!

In Christ,
Bro. Jonathan

Homecoming and Revival

As announced yesterday: We are preparing for homecoming services on April 19th at 10:30 AM. Rev. Rusty White, former pastor of Oak Grove and whose family has ties to our church, will be the preacher for the service. A potluck lunch will follow. If you haven’t been with us in a while, come be with us! Invite anyone who has ties to Oak Grove to attend as well.

The same night at 7:00 PM, revival services will begin and continue through April 23rd (services will begin at 7:00 PM each night). On the 19th, Rev. Kathy Price will be bringing the message with Rev. Dewayne Warren preaching the rest of the week. We pray that this will be an uplifting time of worship and that the Holy Spirit will truly bring revival to our church and our community.

We hope you will make plans to join us for these wonderful times of worship and fellowship.

Sunday, March 22 @ Oak Grove

Sunday Small Groups – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM
Choir Practice – 5:30 PM
“Revival” by Adam Hamilton – 6:30 PM

The weather sure is gloomy this morning. However, the rain is nourishing the ground. As nasty as the weather looks, all of life needs water. Without water, life on our planet would cease to exist as we know it – including us! Every living thing needs water and nourishment.

The same goes for us as disciples of Jesus Christ: We need to be fed but we also need to feed. In John 20 we read the account of some non-Jewish strangers coming up to Philip and making a simple yet profound request: “We wish to see Jesus.” We can see Him in a variety of ways. Seeing Him is truly a call to discipleship. That’s what we’re talking about today!

Come join us this morning, just as you are, and bring someone with you just as they are as well.

– Jonathan