Posts by Phil Oehler

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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, […]

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: September!

by Phil Oehler

Tuesday was September 1st! Allegedly Fall is upon us and the school schedule begins!! Alas, this Fall will not be like previous years! It has been a strange and unusual time over the past six months leading up to September 2020. The rhythm of our spring and summer life has been disrupted by coronavirus. As […]

From the Pastor…

by Phil Oehler
"Believer on Sunday" book cover

The church staff is currently reading a book by Ron Byars entitled, Believer on Sunday, Atheist by Thursday. The title comes from a sermon by Lutheran pastor, Ron Luckey that talked about the struggle of living his Christian faith during the week. It has been a thoughtful read about how we might grow in our […]

From the Pastor

by Phil Oehler

Psalm 100 is a Psalm of Thanksgiving that invites all lands to praise God: 1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his;[a] we […]

…a vision for young people…

by Phil Oehler

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has a vision for young people and as Presbyterians are want to do, we have a written vision statement: The Presbyterian Church (USA) has a vision for young people and as Presbyterians are want to do, we have a written vision statement: In the midst of a beautiful and broken world, […]