Dear Oxford Presbyterian Church Family,

The opening words from the Psalm for this Thursday morning are:
 
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”
(Psalm 46)

While I’ve lifted up these inspired words in prayer many times in a variety of occasions, they resonate with a new poignancy following yesterday’s events from our nation’s capital.

As beloved children of the Living Lord and disciples of Jesus we are always invited to lean on God as our refuge and strength in all times. As people of faith, we pray in times of uncertainty, fear and doubt. Abraham Lincoln wrote, “I have often been driven to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” With these words, Lincoln reminds us to open ourselves through prayer to God’s wisdom and healing with expectant hope and deep trust.

In this spirit, I invite you and the Oxford Community to join together on Zoom for a simple, humble time of prayer today, Thursday, January 7 at 12:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (click here for the Zoom link). We’ll pray for wisdom, peace and healing. Joined together in prayer, we may be renewed and strengthened to be instruments of God’s peace, messengers of Christ’s love, and witnesses to the Spirit’s transforming power.

Please know throughout these days, your ministry staff is here for you, praying for you and grateful to be your faithful companions in the midst of these days. Together let us lean on God who is our refuge and strength - for Psalm 46 concludes with these words of genuine comfort:
“‘Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.’
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge”

Much grace and deep peace to you, each and all.   

Pastor Lawrence