Think deeply. Grow spiritually. Love generously.
Welcome to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church! Each week, we come here to receive God’s love, then go beyond our walls to reflect that love to those around us. Known around town as the “thinker’s church,” our mission is to think deeply, grow spiritually, and love generously. We’re also known as the “doer’s church,” and we are active in ministries that support education, social justice, mental health, and those in crisis. If you are looking for a Bible study, thoughtful programming for children and youth, meaningful mission work, or a place to use your gifts in service to others, there is a place for you here at Boston Avenue!
Please join us for worship at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Sundays at our downtown location, at 11 a.m. Sundays at our Oklahoma Methodist Manor campus, or watch our live sermon broadcast at 11 a.m. on Channel 8. You can also stream sermons live via our website. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:40 a.m.Click to learn more about Boston Avenue!
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December 9, 2016: Pastor Wiggs' Word of the Week: JOY
You can feel the excitement growing around the building as staff and volunteers are busy preparing for the next special opportunity in our life together. People watering poinsettias, platforms being set up for special services, sound systems being checked, choirs rehearsing, bulletins being prepared – so much effort being expended so that we might be a beacon of light and a harbinger of peace in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Join us as we build toward the great holy day of Christmas!
Open the Gift is our Advent sermon series. Each week we will read from Isaiah and identify a different gift that God offers to us. This week we will read Isaiah 35:1-10 and be invited to, “Open the Gift of Joy.” Isaiah continues with another poetic vision of God working for good in the lives of his people.
Isaiah foresees a day when everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (35:10b). As we look forward to the joy of Christmas, we will explore what God is doing and how we might participate in sharing this wonderful good news!
This Isaiah reading is such an appropriate passage as we offer our Longest Night Service this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. If you are struggling with loss in this holy season, this is a service designed just for you. Join us for communion and a special time of prayer in the sanctuary. (Or if you are aware of someone struggling, extend an invitation for them to join us.)
Longest Night Service provides respite during busy season
The annual Longest Night service will take place Sunday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
The Longest Night service is a calming, candlelit service aimed at helping those who are experiencing grief, sadness, or stress during this holiday season.
Soft harp music and dim lighting will provide the perfect place to take a time out from the busyness of the season.
Communion will be served, and there will also be an opportunity to light a candle for a special person or concern.
Did you know? Handel's Messiah edition
By: Dr. Joel Panciera
Here are the top ten things you need to know about Handel beloved oratorio, Messiah:
10. Unlike many great works of art that become popular only after the artist dies, Messiah was immediately beloved by European audiences in the 1740’s.
9. In fact, the crowd at its first performance was so large that ladies were advised to “leave their hoop skirts at home” as there would be not enough room in the theater.
8. Handel dedicated the considerable financial proceeds from his later performances to support orphanages, hospitals and people in need in London.
7. He never performed the work in exactly the same way twice, due to the many demands placed on him by his soloists. You know, singers can be a real problem at times!
6. Not everyone liked Messiah, however, some Anglican clergy felt that it was blasphemous to perform scripture (Messiah is based on passages taken from the King James Bible) in a public theater.
5. Incredibly, Handel composed the entire work in about 25 days total! It is said that during this time he only stopped working to eat and sleep.
4. At a performance attended by King George, the monarch mistakenly stood at the beginning of the Hallelujah Chorus thinking it was the final movement of the oratorio. Audiences today still maintain this quirky tradition.
3. Boston Avenue has performed Messiah each year since 1973. This will be our 44th annual performance!
2. This year’s performance will also be the 21st annual performance supported by the Natalie O. Warren Fund. We are so grateful for their generosity!
1. Your Advent will be a little less rich if you do not join us on December 18 at 5:00 p.m. for this year’s Messiah.
There is something for everyone!
Whether it be through Sunday School classes, Bible study or extracurricular activities, there is a place for everyone at Boston Avenue!Learn more