From 17 October to 7 November, we're doing a 4 weeks series on Sundays entitled Unforced Rhythms.
This is a phrase from Jesus’ words in Matthew 11: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. The Message Bible beautifully paraphrases this as
"Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly."
In 21-22 we want to invest in development / growth / breakthrough, especially in our four Future Focus goals.
To do this we want to invest in releasing more time from some members of staff and leadership, in order that they can increase their focus. Ideally, we want to increase capacity (time) for these people. If you're not sure who's who, look here.
Sanjay Mahtani continues our series FORWARD TOGETHER with 'God loves a purposeful giver'. Andy and Ruth O'Connell lead the meeting with Beth Summers leading us in worship.
This week we are re-group after the summer break. Steve Jones speaks to us with Andy O'Connell leading the meeting. Elizabeth Clayton and Chris Fulton lead us in worship.
All children's groups are meeting this week.
This week we will continue our series called Kingdom Seeds, this Sunday looking at the book of Matthew 13:31-32
Steve Jones speaks, with Andy and Ruth O'Connell leading the meeting, with Helena Job leading us in Worship.
Throughout this series, subject to weather on the day. we plan to share a bring-your-own picnic, after the service, at Oatlands Park. Leave your car at TKC, and join us immediately after the service until around (say) 1pm.
We're really excited about our first joint meeting of Oxford Community Church and Lifehouse Community Church since Covid! God has been refreshing our relationship, through the Lifehouse Big Conversation, and has been speaking to several people about moving to be part of what he is doing in Bicester and Banbury.
At our 'Regional Celebration' on Sunday 11 July we will celebrate all that God is doing in our renewed relationship, pray together and commission new people to the leadership God is calling them to.
Steve Jones speaks, with Ruth O'Connell, Andy O'Connell and Mark Eley leading the meeting, and Emmanuel and Elizabeth Omuderiaye leading us in worship.
As we looked at Isaiah 51-52 we saw the repeated encouragement (that's a gentle British way of saying "challenge"!) from God to his people to wake up, and really get what he wants to say and show them. A short paraphrase of the passage could read: "Listen, listen, listen! Awake, awake; awake, awake; awake, awake!"
This week marks the beginning of Step 3 in the English roadmap out of lockdown. There are new freedoms and opportunities. As the elders were praying earlier in the week, we thought about some of the different ways that we will all be feeling and responding as we emerge into relative freedom.
Maybe you feel like a bear emerging from hibernation with a sore head! For you, the lockdown has left you disorientated, maybe slightly grumpy and uncertain about what the world is like now. You don't want to be awakened, and as you emerge you wonder whether anything has changed!
In my Sunday message from Isaiah 42-44, I commented on the prophetic words shared with OCC earlier in the year. Will you join with me in prayerfully reflecting on these words, and asking that God will he help us see what he wants to do in our city and communities?