Oak Lawn United Methodist Church

The purpose of Oak Lawn UMC is to worship and serve God while practicing the inclusion of all people in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and the world.

Oak Lawn UMC is a Reconciling Congregation: Loving, Compassionate, Inclusive. We welcome people of all ages, races, backgrounds, abilities, economic circumstances, sexual orientations, and gender identities into the life and leadership of our church. We commit to advocating for justice and full inclusion of all people in our congregation and in the community we serve.

"Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams. For my part, I will defend you against marauders, protect your wheat fields and vegetable gardens against plunderers.” The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.12 “You’ll be voted ‘Happiest Nation.’ You’ll experience what it’s like to be a country of grace.” God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so.." -Malachi 3:10-12 (The Message)
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God, we receive this challenge! It is a challenge of blessing for ALL - those who give and those who receive. You are a JUST and GENEROUS God. Make us like you! We want to see heaven open up! We want to see blessings poured out beyond our wildest dreams - whatever those dreams may be ESPECIALLY now, God! And for "our part" we will give. We will not withhold from you, but we will bring our tithe into your house, into your temple, and we will wait on you as you fulfill "your part." We will give because we trust your word. And if we doubt, help us take steps of faith and be bold in our giving. May this be true in our individual lives as well as our country and the WORLD! We thank you for your word - may it be true in our lives. In Jesus name we pray, AMEN.

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: HYMN-Time Tuesday!

Today we will hear from Thiago X. Nascimento! He will accompany us on a hymn that is related to Passion Sunday which we just enjoyed this past weekend. Go full screen to follow along with the music and lyric. Feel free to share this video to your own wall or "host a watching party" tomorrow at noon when we do it again! And as always, thanks for joining us!

Like a veiled bride, she awaits! Can't you just hear it? What do you miss about church this week?

“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter..." -Isaiah 64:8
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God, everyone of us is a unique, divine, unrepeatable work of your hand. We are molded and shaped by you, and we trust that
you are continuing your artistry in us and in the world every day. But GOD! When the clay dries and cracks, when we are exposed and unfinished, when we find ourselves shattered, damaged, broken...what then? What can we expect from you when we are in disrepair O Lord?

Water of baptism for our softening...

Fire of the holy spirit for our curing...

Love from the Father who collects all our rubble...

You, O Lord, are The Potter. We are all kinds of clay today. Be our Father, in Jesus name.

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Lesson from Chuck

Today we will hear from Rev. Chuck Aaron. He is going to provide us with a song and a lenten lesson. Feel free to share this video to your own wall or "host a watching party" tomorrow at noon when we do it again! And as always, thanks for joining us!

The plastering spatula was NOT staged but it makes us wonder: did the carpenter reflect on the carpenter here? We hope so. What do you miss at church today?

“I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord." -Psalm 116:17 NKJV
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Though it seems hard, we give you thanks, God. Though it seems illogical, we give you thanks, God. In all things we give you thanks and where we cannot find a reason to thank you, reveal to us the goodness before us. In every waking minute, show us what we have to be thankful for so that we may offer you praise. And in doing so, may our gratitude be a light breaking through a dark cloud; may it deepen our relationship with you and with one another. In Christ's name we pray, and give you thanks, Amen.

It's Holy Week and we can't be in our church. Can we talk about that? We know it's not easy, we miss it terribly. We miss you terribly also! So let's reflect on our beautiful church this week, because someday, it will "rise from the dead" as well. When the construction is done, and it's safe to return, our church building will buzz with life, laughter and praise once again. What a glorious day that will be! Until then, what do you miss at church?

Join us tomorrow for our Digital Grow Study and a Palm Sunday service with Rev. Rachel and friends! Use this evening to ready your worship space!

YOU WILL NEED: your palm crosses to hold up during service

See olumc.org/worship and olumc.org/growstudy for easy access links. Oh, and snap a selfie during service! We would love to see you! #WeAreOakLawn #LetLoveContinue

News From The Corner, April 4th, 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/olumc/news-from-the-corner-2733146

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.” -Isaiah 6:1 NRSV

You helped the prophet see what his eyes could not see, O God. In a time of national distress and grief, you gave Isaiah a glimpse into the heavenly temple. There he saw your awe-inspiring power. Help us to understand your power. We know that terrible things happen despite your power, but that those things do not deny your power. When a tiny virus can kill thousands around the world, and when we live in fear, help us to know your strength. Enable us to know that your power heals, comforts, encourages, loves, and gives eternal life. Isaiah confessed his sin and the sin of his people. Help us to understand our sin rightly, neither dismissing it nor feeling overwhelmed by it. Enlighten those who now look for scapegoats, and those who listen to them. Your power also forgives and reconciles. Lift our eyes so that we see your presence with us. We need that vision, O God. Amen.

Isolation is extended, but we are still going to worship! Our digital broadcasts will come from our respective pages (except for combined services with Gracia Viva on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday - you can watch those from Oak Lawn UMC's page!) Check out OLUMC.org for more info and easy access links. We hope you will tune in and join us as we worship for Holy Week and Easter starting this Sunday!

It's the last week in our Grow Study for reading the gift of a book that is "Original Blessing" by Danielle Shroyer. We will be meeting, via ZOOM (check www.olumc.org/growstudy for access info) and will cover the last two sections of the book: "Practice, Not Perfect" and "Serpents, Doves and Eyeglasses." Join us at 9:30 AM on Sunday!

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Community Outreach Update

Today we will hear from Pat Jones, our Community Outreach Coordinator at OLUMC. She is going to update us on what we're doing in the community right now to help! The Amazon Wishlist mentioned can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/10K9UOGIIINEM/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist Thank you for listening to this update and for helping us #LetLoveContinue!

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.” - John 14:27 (CEB)

God, help us to hear the good news! Jesus gave us the gospel of peace. We come to you, on this new day, in search of the completeness, harmony and security that peace provides. Help us to calm our distressed hearts and minds. Help us to persevere through our day – through this week. Bring us the strength we need to care for ourselves and our loved ones. Equip us with the courage to be there for others who may need our voice, our smile or to simply hear “I love you -- you are important.” Give us the words to speak with comfort and assurance. We ask for your blessing of peace. Amen.

Did you get a little present in the mail? Our team had fun sending them to you! Join us THIS Sunday for Palm Sunday and hold your Palm Cross up during service. Also, we WILL be asking for selfies so be ready! Can't wait to start Holy Week with you. ✝️💜

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Kathryn Demith

Today for our daily devotional we will hear from Kathryn Demith! She is playing and singing a cover of Bob Dylan's, "Blowin' in The Wind." Feel free to share this video to your own wall or "host a watching party" tomorrow at noon when we do it again! And as always, thanks for joining us!

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Kathryn Demith

Today for our daily devotional we will hear from Kathryn Demith! She is playing and singing a cover of Bob Dylan's, "Blowin' in The Wind." Feel free to share this video to your own wall or "host a watching party" tomorrow at noon when we do it again! And as always, thanks for joining us!

"I have told you these things so that you will be whole and at peace. In this world, you will be plagued with times of trouble, but you need not fear; I have triumphed over this corrupt world order.” John 16:33 (The Voice)

Lord if ever we needed this reminder it is today! Thank you that your word is consistent in its message: you are with us. You do not abandon us to corruption or disaster, rather, you overcome it. Help us today to not live in fear. Help us to stand tall, confident, shoulders back and breath slow...assured of your victory and comforted by your presence. In the midst of these troubled times, in which we are disappointed, discouraged and tired, we claim you as the most trustworthy leader, the Prince of Peace. It is in your name we pray, Jesus. Amen.

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Reflection with Chris Pillsbury

Today for our daily devotional we will hear from Chris Pillsbury! He provides a lovely reflection and singing of hymn, "Nearer My God to Thee." Feel free to share this video to your own wall or "host a watching party" tomorrow at noon when we do it again! And as always, thanks for joining us!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13 (NIV)

God, we give you thanks for our companion, the Holy Spirit, who lives with us and works in us. We ask the Holy Spirit to continue to surround us with your protection and guide us through our day. Help us to recall Jesus’ promise that the Holy Spirit is the gift given to us to ensure we aren’t alone. Help us to embrace the work of the Holy Spirit around us. Help us as we seek peace, joy and hope. As we search for meaning in our day, courage in our heart and kindness in our soul, remind us to have gratitude for the work that is happening in your name, and by the means of your grace. We remember good things are happening even though we may not see them. Amen.

Better Late Than Never! We Are Oak Lawn - Issue 6 - March 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/olumc/we-are-oak-lawn-issue-1-october-2726038

March Birthdays!

Shout out to our March babies- we love y’all and wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. 🙂 (video credit: Ryan Wager, Lay Leader at OLUMC)

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Musical Meditation with Thiago X. Nascimento

Today for our daily devotional we heard from Thiago! He provided a lovely improvised background for our meditation. Isn't it beautiful!! Feel free to share this video to your own wall or "host a watching party" tomorrow at noon when we do it again! And as always, thanks for joining us!

Time to Zoom celebrate! The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and One Board of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church are excited to announce the official approval of Gracia Viva as a new church plant at OLUMC! We are delighted to be on this journey with Gracia Viva and we will (continue to) welcome their beautiful congregation at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church! Put your hands together to celebrate with us!!!

“Then I heard the Lord’s voice saying, “Whom should I send, and who will go for us? I said, “I’m here; send me.” – Isaiah 6:8 (CEB)

Healing God, through your presence we find inspiration. There are those you entrust us to care for that need help. In this time of pandemic, there are people on the streets of our community, and throughout the world, who are without a roof, clean clothes, water and food. They lack the care they need to be healthy and safe. Others are unable to work and provide for their families. Some don’t have a way to find or use resources they need. Even more, some of our neighbors can’t take advantage of help because of their status. We seek your guidance. Send us, O God! Open our eyes to see where we can help make an impact during this crisis. Open our hearts to raise up the needs of all your children who need you most. We pray that help reaches our neighbors in the margins. Amen.

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Drawing with Sylvia Baughman

Today for our daily devotional we will hear from Sylvia Baughman for a drawing lesson and reflection on Psalm 17:8. Feel free to share this video to your own page or “host a watching party” to spread the word! As always, thanks for joining us!

We had such great plans for yesterday, March 29, O God.

We intended to celebrate our renovated building. Oak Lawn would worship with our hermanos/hermanas from Gracia Viva.

We would sing together, pray together, listen together for your word, and eat together. We would have felt such joy.

We feel sadness and disappointment, O God. We know that you stand with us in our grief. Help us to look forward to the time when you bring us together.

Keep the bonds strong between Oak Lawn and Gracia Viva. Let us learn from each other and support each other. We thank you for the two faith communities, and we believe that together we are one body. Keep our eyes on what you will do among us.

Help us rejoice in what we have. Amen.

Tune in with us tomorrow for our Facebook LIVE Broadcast of Digital Worship and Grow Study. Visit OLUMC.org/GrowStudy and OLUMC.org/Worship for info on how to connect! See you then. 🌈☕️🌞❤️

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Godly Play with Chaplain Cassie

Today for our daily devotional we heard from Cassie Wohlfarth! She led us in Godly Play on the story of the Good Samaritan. Feel free to share this video to your own wall or "host a watching party" tomorrow at noon when we do it again! And as always, thanks for joining us!

“Brothers and sisters, we were separated from you for a while physically but not in our hearts. We made every effort in our desire to see you again face-to-face.” -1 Thessalonians, 2:17 CEB

We are learning in this time that we need each other, O God. We need more than images on a screen. We thank you for the technology that helps us keep in touch, but we miss being in each other’s presence. You made us for each other. We feel what Paul felt, that we have been separated from our church family. We pray for those who do not use technology well, and cannot connect with us on a gadget. We pray that they will know we love them. We pray for your Spirit with us as we cope. We pray for those separated from family. We pray for those who miss work colleagues. We pray for those who felt your love through the love of church members. Shower us with your love. We need it now. In the name of Jesus, who knew loneliness when his disciples deserted him. Amen.

If you're able to help, consider volunteering. We are partnering with @UnionDallas to build a volunteer base that will meet the needs of our local community and city. We need you. Will you consider volunteering? Link in below. #LetLoveContinue #ChurchInTheWorld

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Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: John and Fabian Horany

Today for our daily devotional we heard from John Horany and Fabian Streit Horany who provided a lovely time of reflectio and spiritual thought. Feel free to share this video to your own wall or "host a watching party" tomorrow at noon when we do it again! And as always, thanks for joining us!

News From The Corner, March 26th, 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/olumc/news-from-the-corner-2724138

Today, we offer the lyrics from the hymn “Many Gifts, One Spirit” (UMH 114, by Al Carmines). Our prayer is that in the poetic beauty of this text, you find inspiration to turn to God with praise to find comfort.

God of change and glory, God of time and space,
When we fear the future, give to us your grace.
In the midst of changing ways give us still the grace to praise.

Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways.
In our difference is blessing, from diversity we praise
One Giver, one Lord, one Spirit, one Word
Known in many ways, hallowing our days.
For the Giver, for the gifts, praise, praise, praise!

God of many colors, God of many signs,
You have made us different, blessing many kinds.
As the old ways disappear, let your love cast out our fear.

Freshness of the morning, newness of each night,
You are still creating endless love and light.
This we see, as shadows part, many gifts from one great heart.

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Videos (show all)

Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: HYMN-Time Tuesday!
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Lesson from Chuck
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Community Outreach Update
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Kathryn Demith
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Reflection with Chris Pillsbury
March Birthdays!
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Musical Meditation with Thiago X. Nascimento
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Drawing with Sylvia Baughman
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Godly Play with Chaplain Cassie
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: John and Fabian Horany
Noonday Devotional at Oak Lawn UMC: Pastor Gregg

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Let mutual love continue. And do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some of us have entertained God’s angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:1-2 Oak Lawn UMC is a Reconciling Congregation: Loving, Compassionate, Inclusive. We welcome people of all ages, races, backgrounds, abilities, economic circumstances, sexual orientations, and gender identities into the life and leadership of our church. We commit to advocating for justice and full inclusion of all people in our congregation and in the community we serve. Join us in worship any Sunday at 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m., or at our Wednesday Communion at 12:00 p.m.
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