August 16, 2019

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Roots: Abraham and Isaac

As a young pastor early in my career I pictured myself one day preaching before large crowds. Crowds that had gathered to hear me, yes me, preach and their hearts and lives would be changed and the world would be saved. And that’s what I lived for. It was a dream that drove my work ethic, my preparation of sermons, and my practice of ministry. In the first church I pastored I thought I would stay there a couple of years and move to a larger church and I would stay there for a few years and leave for a larger church and on and on until 15 years from then I would have moved my way up and would be pastoring a church in the thousands and my hopes and dreams would be fulfilled. So after my third year in my first church I told my District Superintendent I was ready to move. I needed to stick to my 15 year plan. But I didn’t move that year, or the next, or even the next. I stayed another three years and some amazing healing occurred in that church during those final three years. And then I was appointed to a bit larger church. I thought maybe I would be there three years and then move to something bigger. I stayed 13 years and was healed of my idolatrous quest to “succeed” in ministry.

But I never would have realized my idolatry until I had to make that choice between my goal of pastoring a large church or serving God alone. Abraham faced the same kind of decision when God called him to sacrifice his son Isaac. He would never have realized how idolatrous his love for his son had become until he was called to give him up.

This Sunday at First Church we are continuing our series entitled “Roots: Back to Our Beginnings” as we examine the story of Abraham and Isaac. In this story we will discover two very important truths and how those truths impact our own faith journeys. I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday at 10:45 am at Oklahoma City First Church as we take a fresh look at this story of Abraham and Isaac!

Pastor Lesly


Mark your calendars for the Women Alive spiritual retreat, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Canyon Camp! Sign-up begins Sunday, August 18th through Sunday September 8th.

Mark your calendars for the Women Alive spiritual retreat, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Canyon Camp! Sign-up begins Sunday, August 18th through Sunday September 8th.

The Ladies' Bible Study will start back on September 5th from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Room 234. They will be selling the book for the study, "A Guide to Philippians: Discovering the Joy of Jesus," on Sunday, August 18th, August 25th, and September 1st for $7.

The Ladies' Bible Study will start back on September 5th from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Room 234. They will be selling the book for the study, "A Guide to Philippians: Discovering the Joy of Jesus," on Sunday, August 18th, August 25th, and September 1st for $7.

Beth Moore's Conference "Living Proof Live" is coming to the Cox Convention Center on October 11-12. This will be an exciting opportunity for the ladies of First Church to attend! For a group of 10 or more, the cost is $59. Penny Anderson will begin collecting money this Sunday, August 4th and will do so each Sunday afterwards until September 1st so that we can receive our wristbands to attend the conference. We are planning to meet at First Church both days and ride the streetcar down to the Cox Convention Center. This event should be a lot of fun and it will be a chance for the ladies of First Church to hear this wonderful speaker in person!

Beth Moore's Conference "Living Proof Live" is coming to the Cox Convention Center on October 11-12. This will be an exciting opportunity for the ladies of First Church to attend! For a group of 10 or more, the cost is $59. Penny Anderson will begin collecting money this Sunday, August 4th and will do so each Sunday afterwards until September 1st so that we can receive our wristbands to attend the conference. We are planning to meet at First Church both days and ride the streetcar down to the Cox Convention Center. This event should be a lot of fun and it will be a chance for the ladies of First Church to hear this wonderful speaker in person!

 

Weekly Calendar

This Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship
12:15 pm - Youth Parent Meeting

Thursday
6:00 pm - Worship Committee Meeting

Friday
6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Next Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship

Family Prayer List

Nina Lipe

Denny & Pam Lippoldt

Pray for Missions
Please pray for the West family to be refreshed and encouraged as they travel in the States and prepare to minister in Asia as well as for their training of teams to take the Gospel to remote and unreached places.

Prayers for the People

Don Kuntze

Dick & Rita Cavin and Family

Frank & Donna Sisson and Family
 
This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Linda Gibbons

Scripture Reader:
Martie Ervin

Greeters:
Dell & Tina Logsdon

Ushers:
Kris & Toby Nelson and Tory & Laynee Harper


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

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