Posts by Phil Oehler

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From the Pastor: What is our story now?

by Phil Oehler

From the Pastor… On Tuesday, March 16, West Jersey Presbytery ended its ministry with the following statement: “Today we have celebrated with thanksgiving the life and work of the faith and ministry of the Presbytery of West Jersey.  We have served as a witness to God’s presence for over 181 years.  We have provided refuge, […]

2021 Lenten Bible Study via Zoom

by Phil Oehler
7 Last Words of the Cross

The Hope of Glory 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Ash Wednesday Service February 17 7 pm In the Beginning “Father, forgive them…” February 24 7 pm “…today you will be with Me in Paradise”“Woman, behold thy son!” March 3 7 pm Why has thou forsaken me? “I thirst” March 10 7 pm “It is finished:” […]

From the Pastor: The Cross

by Phil Oehler

From the Pastor… We are in the midst of a Lenten Study by Jon Meacham on the Last Seven Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross.  During one of the recent Zoom gathering, we talked about the image of the cross and the symbolism of the cross for modern believers.  How do we “see” this […]

From the Pastor: Holy Week

by Phil Oehler

The Session has decided that in the best interest and health of the community ALL Holy Week Services will be VIRTUAL via the church’s FaceBook Live page.  This decision was not made lightly or without wrestling with the significance of this week in the life of the church.  We were hoping that Covid Vaccinations would […]

From the Pastor: Star Gift

by Phil Oehler

The season after Christmas and before Lent can often seem like a “down” time in the church year—as if we’re simply marking time while waiting for another grand celebration. Whether it is because we are suffering from holiday fatigue or influenced by gloomy winter weather, the season of Epiphany can go by unnoticed and unheralded.  […]

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, […]