Posts by Phil Oehler

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Worship Notes, December 27, 2020, Luke 2:22-40

by Phil Oehler

opening prayer Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen. Prelude                     “Angels from the Realm”                             […]

Worship Notes, December 13, 2020, John 1:6-8, 19-28

by Phil Oehler

The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury December 13, 2020Third Sunday of Advent – B9:30 am LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES Week 3: Joy Candle Reader: The first candle on the Advent wreath is for hope and the second is for peace. The third candle we light is for joy. Advent is a season of waiting. Even […]

From the Pastor: Who will celebrate Christmas correctly?

by Phil Oehler

In the December section of my daily Dietrich Bonhoeffer reader, I found this Christmas poem. It is not a “champagne-filled, warm-fuzzy, feel-good” poem. Rather, it is one that stopped me, sobered me up as a Christian and set me to really meditating on the meaning of the birth of Christ, Emmanuel, God With Us, especially […]

Advent & Christmas 2020

by Phil Oehler
Waiting for the magi with orange background

NOVEMBER 29, 2020 @ 9:30am FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – MARK 13:24-37 HANGING OF THE GREENS & THE HOPE CANDLE DECEMBER 6, 2020 @ 9:30am SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – MARK 1:1-8 COMMUNION & THE PEACE CANDLE DECEMBER 13, 2020 @ 9:30am THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – JOHN 1:6-8, 19-28 MUSIC & THE LOVE CANDLE […]

From the Pastor: On-line Christmas Eve Service

by Phil Oehler
Angel and Shepherds with blue background

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!  As we enter into this sacred season, I am reminded of Dr. Suess’ classic story of a grinch attempting to stop the coming of Christmas, and at the end the author declares, “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, […]

Stewardship: Promise

by Phil Oehler

“Promise” 10-25-20 As a teen-ager, I remember the chair of the Finance Committee in my home church in Hampton, VA standing before the congregation one Fall Sunday morning.  He talked about the need to support the ministries of the church and listed several organizations that we supported with time, talent and treasures.  At the end, […]

Food Pantry

by Phil Oehler

The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministry Food Pantry is serving the community at a much higher rate due to the pandemic, and is constantly in need of staples.  They are asking folks to drop off food items and supplies on TUESDAY and THURSDAY mornings from 8:30am to 11:00am at The Seventh Day Adventist Church at 300 East Barber Avenue. Food items Cereal​​​ […]

Protocol for Worship

by Phil Oehler

At The Presbyterian Church At Woodbury As of February 2020, in-person worship isn’t occurring at the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury due to Covid-19. The Session has approved use of the building for Services of the Lord’s Day with the following criteria, in order to protect the health of all who attend worship.  The church has […]

The Lord’s Prayer

by Phil Oehler
The Lord's Prayer script + Crown image

Zoom Bible Student The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury Thursdays: 10am Thursdays: 7pm Thursday morning Zoom link Thursday evening Zoom link October 8 Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. October 15 Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. October 22 Give us this day our […]

From the Pastor: Resumption of Public Worship

by Phil Oehler

As we prepare to enter into corporate worship on Sunday, September 20th:             “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1). So begins the account of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church in the book of Acts. As we approach the day of Pentecost […]