May 17, 2019

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Turn the Other Cheek

Of all the challenging things Jesus said none may be more challenging to our human nature than “turn the other cheek.”  This ideal goes against every fiber of our being.  When we are confronted with violence, either individually or collectively, our first instinct is to react with violence.  When we are cut off in traffic our first instinct is to speed up and cut that person off in return.  When someone causes us harm our first reaction is to harm them in response.  When a nation threatens our nation our first response is to threaten retaliation and escalation of violence is often the result. 
 
But Jesus taught us to turn the other cheek.  It doesn’t come naturally or easily.  This ethic of forgiveness and nonviolence is counter to our cultural and natural ethic.  But it’s the call of Christians.
 
Far too often we have tried to censor Jesus in this teaching.  We have developed theories of just wars, retributive justice, and nonviolent aggression.  Our modern culture values the rights of victims to such a degree that victims can become the victors through revenge and retaliation.  But we are still left with Jesus’ words “turn the other cheek.”
 
This Sunday at First Church OKC we will be continuing our series entitled “Jesus Uncensored” by examining exactly what Jesus meant when He commanded His disciples to “turn the other cheek.”  We will see how others throughout the ages have tried to live up to this ethic, the implications of this teaching on our own lives, and specific ways we can live out this principle.  I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday morning at 10:45 am at First United Methodist Church in downtown OKC.

Pastor Lesly


We need volunteers to help with VBS. VBS will be on June 29th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Talk with our children's director, Kendal Willis to see how you can help out!

We need volunteers to help with VBS. VBS will be on June 29th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Talk with our children's director, Kendal Willis to see how you can help out!

Thank you for donating money to Nothing but Nets! You gave $820 dollars, which means we can give 164 live-saving, insecticide treated bed nets to families affected by malaria. Great job!

Thank you for donating money to Nothing but Nets! You gave $820 dollars, which means we can give 164 live-saving, insecticide treated bed nets to families affected by malaria. Great job!

Thank you for giving to our mission trip to Shiprock, NM! First Church is sending 19 missionaries to the Navaho reservation in Shiprock, NM. We raised $388 that will help make our ministry and mission more effective. Please be in prayer for everyone involved in the mission trip.

Thank you for giving to our mission trip to Shiprock, NM! First Church is sending 19 missionaries to the Navaho reservation in Shiprock, NM. We raised $388 that will help make our ministry and mission more effective. Please be in prayer for everyone involved in the mission trip.

 

Weekly Calendar

This Sunday

9:00 am - Youth Breakfast
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship

Monday

6:00 pm - Finance Meeting
7:00 pm - Admin Council

Tuesday

6:00 pm - SPRC Meeting

Wednesday

5:30 pm - Wednesday Night Dinner
6:00 pm - Disciple Bible Study
6:15 pm - Children’s Programming

Friday

6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Next Sunday

9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship


Family Prayer List

Richard Carpenter

Dick & Rita Cavin

Pray for Missions
Please pray for the church mission trip to Shiprock, NM, June 1st - June 8th. 

This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Jim Parsons

Scripture Reader:
John Ringgold

Greeters:
Sean & Melissa Walker

Ushers:
DeCicco Family


Church Information

Senior Pastor, Lesly Broadbent: 
pastorlesly@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Music Ministries, Morgan Kennedy: 
mkennedy@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Student Ministries, Ridge Kennedy: 
rkennedy@firstchurchokc.com


Administrative Assistant, Laci Young:
firstchurch@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Children’s Ministries, Kendal Willis
kwillis@firstchurchokc.com


Finance Secretary, Jana Simpson: 
jsimpson@firstchurchokc.com

Organist, Sharon Austin

Custodian, Tammy Rinehart

Maintenance, John Barrett


Office Hours

M - Th  8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Fri.  8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Church Phone:  405-239-6493