Join us in observing the season of Lent at Oak Hill.
WORSHIP During our Sunday worship services, in this pandemic year when we cannot be in the sanctuary, when we cannot be in person together, we’ve decided not to take more away (as we usually do during Lent) and instead, we’re adding some extra blessings in. Each week, our resident artist, 13-year-old Lucie Crittenden will be creating an original painting on the scripture themes of the season. Join us for worship on Zoom, or keep checking back on this post to see Lucie’s creations.
SUNDAY SCHOOL Our Intergenerational Sunday School Class is starting a series on prayer, using a curriculum from Illustrated Ministry. You can join us on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Pastor Erin to get the link and password for the course materials.
BIBLE STUDY Our Wednesday Bible Study Class will be reading Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Entering the Passion of Jesus this Lent. Join us on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Contact Pastor Erin for the Zoom link and to get a copy of the book.
LENTEN DEVOTIONALS We have printed copies available of this year’s Lenten devotional, Again & Again, from A Sanctified Art. If you would like a copy, please contact Pastor Erin.
LENTEN CALENDARS We also have an activity calendar that is great for families who want to experience the season of Lent together at home. This resource, from Bless This Mess, is available for you to download and print at home. Just contact Pastor Erin for the link and password.
*** You may have noticed that contacting Pastor Erin is the way to get the inside scoop on all of this. It’s not because Pastor Erin super loves getting emails, it’s just because these materials are all copyrighted and we can’t just post them on the whole internet for free. Pastor Erin’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oak Hill Community is celebrating Black History Month!
Our artists, crafters, and creatives are painting words and images of both historical and local Black leaders and groundbreakers to share with our neighbors. Throughout the month, we’ll keep adding to the collection. We invite you to roll, walk, and journey by the art wall and learn about the folks who inspire us!
We are trying different ways of worshiping together during this coronavirus outbreak. Currently, we’re using Zoom to worship together. Each week, we gather at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom (www.zoom.com), using Meeting ID: 768 992 383. (You can also call in, by phone, at 312-626-6799, then enter the same meeting ID.) Other worship materials (bulletin, song lyrics, etc) are posted here each Friday.
2/28/2021 Join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. You can download the worship bulletin here:
2/7/21 Join us for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. This week we will be sharing in at-home communion, so please remember to have some bread and drink prepared for worship. You can download the worship bulletin here:
1/22/2021 Join us this Sunday for worship with guest preacher, the Rev. Korla Masters! You can download the worship bulletin here. Also, please don’t forget that we’re doing Sunday School for All Ages on Zoom before worship each week. You can also download this week’s Sunday School materials here.
1/10/2021 Join us this Sunday for worship. We will be celebrating Baptism of the Lord Sunday, so do prepare a small bit of water for the remembrance of baptism. Also, we will be ordaining and installing new elders! You can download the worship bulletin here:
1/3/2021 Happy New Year! This Sunday we will celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord (Jan. 6th) in worship together on Zoom. We will also be sharing in the Lord’s Supper, so please remember to prepare some bread and drink for at-home Communion elements. You can download the worship bulletin here:
Oh, and for extra fun, here is an Epiphany star project you can print out, color, and cut out at home. It’s from our friends at Illustrated Ministry. This will be available on our website only through 1/3/2020, so make sure to download/print by then.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP WILL BE ON 12/24 at 6:30 P.M. Please join us for a service of Lessons and Carols on Zoom. We’ve shortened the lessons and sure, singing along in your house all by yourself on mute is kinda strange….but there really is so much love, hope, music, and community built into this service this year. Please join us. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors and strangers, too. Make sure to have your advent candles ready, and have a candle for each worshiper in your household, as we will be lighting the candles and singing silent night at the end of worship. You can download the worship bulletin here:
For those who live locally, a few of us will be gathering outside of the church 30 minutes after worship ends, in masks, with proper distancing, to light our own candles that we brought from home, to sing a few Christmas carols together outside. Please make safe choices for you and your family, and know you’re welcome, but also we understand if you are eating dinner, putting kids to bed, worried about COVID, just need a rest, or have any other of many reasons not to be there in person. Our zoom worship will be lovely and very, very safe for all!
Sunday 12/20/2020 This Sunday is our Children’s Christmas Program. During our regular morning worship, our children, youth, and their grown friends will lead us through the Christmas story through word and song. You may be asked to move a little, you may wish you had gotten a costume together, you are certainly going to want to download one of these sweet, sweet Zoom backgrounds! Join in the silliness, join in the joy! Zoom backgrounds and a worship bulletin are available below. Just right click on the backgrounds to save to your computer. Oh, and we’ve also included a sing-a-long Song Sheet so you can join us (on mute) singing at home during the Children’s Program. Thank you to Pastor Jillian for her fab digital creations!! Thank you to all our your worship leaders!!
Sunday 12/13/2020 Today we will worship God with story and song, in our first ever Advent Cantata! Music Minister Susan Brown has worked with our musicians to create a wonderful virtual Advent worship experience. Join us online at 10:30 a.m. Also, Pastor Jillian has created a Zoom background especially for this week. You can download that here (just right click and select “save image as”). You can also download the worship bulletin below.
We will be gathering for worship tomorrow, the Second Sunday in Advent. It is a Communion Sunday (the first of the month), so remember to gather up some bread and some drink to use in at-home communion. Also, if you have an Advent Wreath, we will be lighting those at the beginning of worship, so have your candles and your fire sparking implement on hand. You can download the bulletin here:
Sunday 11/29/2020 Join us for the First Sunday of Advent. If you have an Advent Wreath or Nativity Set at home, this weekend is a great time to set it up. We’ll use them in worship throughout the Advent and Christmas Season. If you’d like to join us in crafting your own Advent Wreath, join us on Zoom Sunday night at 6pm. You can download this Sunday’s worship bulletin here:
This Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Day. It’s a time to remember the people in our life who reflected God’s love in our journey and for the world. You are invited to bring a photo or a name to worship, as there will be a time in the service for you to remember any loved one, any beloved saint, any dear child of God who has passed on to eternal life, but who you remember with deep love and care. It is also a communion Sunday, so please remember to prepare for yourself a little bit of bread and a a drink so that you might participate in communion at home. Here is the worship bulletin for this week:
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. We will join with Christian siblings all across the globe in sharing in that great holy meal, from our own homes, over Zoom. Please remember to prepare yourself some at-home communion elements (grab some bread and some drink). Here is the worship bulletin for this Sunday:
We will be gathering for worship and sharing in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday. Please don’t forget to prepare some kind of bread of crackers and a drink for at-home communion. Here is this week’s worship bulletin:
Sunday 8/30/2020 The worship bulletin can be found here. Please note, we’re having a little trouble getting the music sheet into this bulletin, so check back on Saturday for a more updated version, hopefully with all the technical glitches worked out. Thanks for your patience!
We will share in worship on Zoom with communion! Please remember to prepare some elements for at-home celebration of this sacrament. (That just means, grab some bread or crackers and some juice and have them ready when you log on to the Zoom.)
The Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers will be preaching (or reflecting, as we’ve been doing things during this online time) during worship this week. Please join us on zoom at 10:30 a.m. You can download the worship bulletin here:
Trinity Sunday – 6/7/2020 We will gather for worship with communion on Zoom this Sunday. Please make sure to prepare some bread (or bread-like something) and juice (or juice-like something) as elements for communion and have them out for worship. You can download this Sunday’s worship bulletin here:
We will gather for worship on Zoom in all our fiery red finest this Sunday for Pentecost. We’re having a Zoom background contest- so spend some prep time searching for or creating a Pentecost-themed Zoom background. You can download the worship bulletin here:
Also, we will be collecting the Pentecost Offering, a special offering supporting youth throughout the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Pentecost. You can read more about the Pentecost Offering and make an online donation by clicking here.
Also, our friends at Illustrated Ministry are offering a free Pentecost coloring page. If you want to print this out, you can color it before, during, or after worship, as part of your spiritual engagement with this big church day!
This Sunday we’ll be sharing in Communion, so be sure to gather some bread and juice at home, to share in the meal. See you on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. You can download the worship bulletin and song sheet here:
We’ll be reading the Road to Emmaus story as we gather on Zoom for worship this Sunday. We’ve put the worship bulletin and the song sheet all in one document this week and you can download or print that here. See you at 10:30!
Second Sunday of Easter – Holy Humor Sunday – 4/19/2020
At Oak Hill we have a recent tradition of celebrating Holy Humor each Second Sunday of Easter. That means hats and costumes and bad jokes and much silliness. We laugh together and take great joy in the trick God played on the world, and we allow ourselves to be a bit goofy after all the heaviness of Holy Week. So, we’re going to give Holy Humor Zoom a big virtual try! We encourage you to dress up or dress silly or come up with some hilarious (and church appropriate) Zoom background and join us for worship at 10:30. You can download the worship bulletin here:
Easter Sunday – 10:30 a.m. We will gather online for Zoom worship (Meeting ID: 768 992 383) at 10:30 a.m. We will have special music and virtual communion, so please be sure to have your own communion elements at home and ready. This means bread and juice, or anything related to bread an juice- a cracker, some wine, whatever you have at home. Maybe pick a few flowers from your garden so we can remember flowering the cross in the sanctuary. Of course, we would love to see your homemade Easter bonnet, or your finest Easter pajamas!
This is the worship bulletin and a song sheet for Easter Sunday Worship: (We heard that the music as it is linked in the bulletin has very small type which makes it hard to read, so Pastor Erin just typed the lyrics only on this song sheet)
We are not holding sunrise service this year. There will be a very special Easter morning video posted to our social media pages early Easter morning. For those who love sunrise worship, here is a sunrise liturgy packet you can print and read to worship on your own at sunrise, from our friends at A Sanctified Art.
For those who love to color, here is a link for a free coloring poster from our friends at Illustrated Ministries that you can print out in four pages, then tape together and color for an incredible Allelu… (oops! I better not say it yet). This would be fun to work on during worship, even!
Maundy Thursday – 6:00 p.m. A Zoom Dinner Party, with Communion. We’ll have fellowship, prayers, scripture, and our first try at virtual communion. Make your own dinner, and gather up some bread and juice for at-home communion. Use the regular Sunday Worship Zoom Meeting ID to log in and join us: 768 992 383.
Good Friday – We’re going to take a break from Zoom. Click here for our at-home, on-your-own worship packet. Also, on that same page, we’ve posted links to a few other online worship services with other churches, in case you still want a worship service experience.
Holy Saturday – Holding Vigil – At Oak Hill we have a tradition of folks signing up to hold vigil and keep watch in the sanctuary on Holy Saturday. Click here for a packet you can to download and use to hold vigil in your own space at home.
WORSHIP- April 5, 2020 – PALM SUNDAY! This Sunday we’ll gather together again online using Zoom. There are more details below on how to set up a Zoom account and join us.
Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting: Oak Hill Worship: https://zoom.us/j/768992383 Meeting ID: 768 992 383 Call in by phone: 312 626 6799
This Sunday we will worship together online via Zoom. You will need to go to www.zoom.us to sign up for a free Zoom account. Please do this before Sunday morning. You’ll want to use a computer or device that has a camera and a mic. If you don’t have those, you can always call in on the phone to listen in, but you won’t be able to see people’s faces. Once you have the app, and you sign in, you will click JOIN MEETING and enter the Meeting ID below.
When everyone joins the meeting, I will have
your microphones muted, so people won’t be able to hear you. As the worship
services goes on, I will unmute people’s mics and we’ll be able to interact
some. There is also a “chat” feature on the app, but just know… we can ALL see what
you’re chatting about there!
At 10:30, before we begin worship, I will talk
everyone through a few logistics so we can participate well together. We are
aware that many people will be using Zoom for the first time, and there will be
plenty of grace offered. Oak Hill is a congregation pretty good at trying new
things. Let’s give this a try and see how it goes.
Some additional worship and study resources for this Sunday: Here is the link to some free at-home worship materials from our friends at Illustrated Ministry, which include coloring pages: https://illstrtdm.in/LentWeek4
And you can download the Lenten Adult Sunday School Lesson we would have offered today, on the Hymns of Lent here:
WORSHIP – March 15, 2020 Due to coronavirus precautions, we decided not to gather together for worship in-person, in the sanctuary today (3/15/2020), but we did put together this 16-minute worship video, that you can watch at home, so that we still might worship together.
Friends, it’s no fun being apart from one another in this time. We promise to do all that we can to keep us connected to one another and to God, while we also work together to keep our community safe and healthy.
Peace be with you, today and always.
Additional At-Home Worship Resources for this week: