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Visitors are always welcome at Boston Avenue Church!

Please click on any of the following links to learn more about our worship opportunities:
Sunday Mornings
Evening Vespers
Advent
Christmas Eve
Lent & Easter
July Revival
Barton-Clinton-Gordey Series

Weekly Worship Services

Sunday Morning Services

Worship Services - Sundays at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
(The 11:00 service is televised live each Sunday morning on KTUL-TV Channel 8 and is streamed live on our website.) View this Sunday's bulletin.
Both services are vibrant, traditional services. Our youth Chapel Choir sings at the 8:30 service and our adult Chancel Choir sings at the 11:00 service. Our Senior Minister, Rev. David Wiggs, preaches an identical sermon at both services.

Communion Services - Sundays at 9:40 a.m. & 12:10 p.m. in the Rose Chapel
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday. The 12:10 service also includes liturgy for healing and wholeness. We celebrate an open table. All who are led to live a Christian life are welcome to receive communion. Please note: On those Sundays in which Holy Communion is offered during our 8:30 and 11:00 services in the Sanctuary (approximately the first Sunday of each month), only Prayers for Healing are offered at 12:10 p.m. in the Rose Chapel.

Sunday School & Faith Academy - Sundays at 9:40 a.m.
Classes are available for all ages, infants through adults. Please visit our Sunday School section for more information. Our younger children, older preschoolers through fifth graders, also have an age-appropriate worship service at the beginning of the Sunday School hour as part of Faith Academy.

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Sunday Evening Services

Vesper Communion Service - offered on select Sundays at 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted
Services usually involve special music, a brief sermon by one of our associate ministers, and Holy Communion. Each service has a different focus.

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Special Seasonal Services Boston Avenue

During Advent

God has given the Perfect Gift... it is up to us to receive it. We prepare our hearts through the following:

Lighting of the Advent Candle -
Sundays, November 30, December 7, 14, & 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Join us around the big wreath in Bishops' Hall each Sunday of Advent for singing and brass accompaniment as one of our families lights the Advent Candle.

An Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols -
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Hear the story of Christ's birth told by readers of all ages, interspersed with beautiful anthems and Christmas carols in Great Hall. The orchestra, singers, readers, candlelight, and great acoustics combine to make this a memorable worship experience.

Longest Night Memorial Service -
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
The holiday season is a joyous, love-filled time of year, but it can also be the loneliest, saddest time for those who have experienced a recent loss. Led by our Pastoral Care Minister, Dr. William Tankersley, this meaningful service offers softly-spoken words of hope to those dealing with loss... be it a loss of life, a relationship, a job, or health.

Natalie O. Warren Presentation of Messiah, by G. F. Handel
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Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy this annual favorite featuring our Chancel Choir, soloists, and orchestra as they perform the Christmas portion of Messiah. Be sure to come early to secure a good seat!

Revival-Style Worship Services -
Sundays, December 21 & 28, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy July Revival-style services with Christmas carols in a more casual atmosphere.

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BA Music Groups
Members of the Chancel Choir and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra present the
Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel's Messiah each Advent season.

Acolytes Preparing the Altar for Worship
Acolytes prepare the Altar for worship.

Worship Prayer
Prayer during worship services gives people the opportunity to reflect and reach for a closer presence with God.
Blessing of the Animals
Rev. Dr. Bill Crowell blessing one of many pets during the annual Blessing of the Animals service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Longest Night Memorial Service
Held in Great Hall, Lessons & Carols is a highlight of the Advent season.

Christmas Eve Services:

Service of the Bells -
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

A service with young families in mind. Led by our elementary school children and their families, the service features readings, music, Holy Communion, a live nativity tableau, and a child-friendly "sermon" by our Children's Minister, Rev. EvaMarie Campbell. Small bells replace candles, and music is provided by our children’s choral and handbell choirs.

Candlelight Worship Services -
Wednesday
, December 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Two nearly-identical services enable everyone to experience the wonder and beauty of this special night. The story of Christ’s birth is told through carols, scripture readings, a choice of anthems by the Chancel Choir at 4 p.m. or a more contemporary style of music at 6 p.m., live nativity tableau, and a sermon by our Senior Minister, Rev. David Wiggs.

Candlelight Communion Service -
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Observe Holy Communion in a beautiful candlelight setting with anthems by the Chapel Choir and Alumni and a sermon by our Senior Minister, Rev. David Wiggs. This service ends at midnight, just as Christmas Day begins.

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Lenten Symbols

During Lent

As the Lenten season reminds us of Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem, and ultimately to the cross, it gives each of us an opportunity to reflect on our own spiritual journey. We invite you to join us in observing Lent through regular Sunday morning worship services and through the following services:

Ash Wednesday Services -
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12:05 and 6:05 p.m.
We begin the 40-day period of Lent by confronting our own mortality and confessing our sins before God within the community of faith. The texts and music presented during each service is designed to focus our lives upon the dual themes of sin and death in the light of God's redeeming love in Jesus Christ. While the use of ashes as a sign of mortality and penance may be new to some, it has a significant history in Jewish and Christian worship. The imposition of ashes on our foreheads is a powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. 

Palm/Passion Sunday Services -
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Both worship services highlight the sharp contrasts of Holy Week. We begin with a joyful reenactment of the triumphal entry that Jesus experienced as he entered Jerusalem by having our children's choirs process with palm branches; however, we soon move from songs of joy to prayers of confession as we experience the rest of the passion story.

Maundy Thursday Service -
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Observe our Lord's Last Supper in this poignant service with anthems by the Chancel Choir and a sermon by one of our associate ministers.

Good Friday Service -
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.
Listen to the story of Jesus' passion on the journey to the cross told through meditations and scripture readings, interspersed with beautiful anthems and Lenten hymns in Great Hall. The orchestra, singers, and readers combine to make this a meaningful worship experience.

Easter Eve Service -
Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Much like our Service of the Bells on Christmas Eve, this service is for all ages, but is especially focused on children. Led by our elementary school children and their families, the service features readings, music provided by our children's choral and handbell choirs, liturgical movement, and a child-friendly "sermon" by our Children's Minister, Rev. EvaMarie Campbell. A tableau of Easter symbols is built near the altar during the service, ending with a final symbol celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

Easter Services -
Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m.
Christ is risen! Join us to worship and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord at any of three triumphant services. Music is provided by the Chapel Choir at 8:00 and the Chancel Choir at 9:30 & 11:00. Each service includes a sermon by Rev. David Wiggs.

Easter Morning
Easter morning at Boston Avenue Church.

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During Summertime

Old Time July Revival -
Sundays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2014 at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Across the Bible-belt South, farmers and ranchers gathered for summertime revivals. Fields had been plowed, planted, weeded, and "laid by." All the farmers could do next was pray for rain and a good harvest. Each Sunday morning in July, we do our best to relive those summer revivals with great singing of your best-loved hymns (i.e. "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," "In the Garden," "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," "He Lives," "Standing on the Promises," "Blessed Assurance," and "The Old Rugged Cross" - to name only a few!) interspersed with some new favorites (i.e. "Here I Am, Lord," "On Eagle's Wings," "Pass It On," and "Johnny Appleseed"), rousing anthems (i.e. "Battle Hymn," "Beautiful River," etc.), recognition of out-of-town visitors, heartfelt prayers, and preaching that invites us all to come again to Jesus Christ our Lord. It's a great time to enjoy worshiping in a casual atmosphere - all are welcome!

July Revival
Congregation enjoy old-time hymns with piano accompaniment during July Revival.

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Other Special Worship Opportunities

Barton-Clinton-Gordey Series Presentations -
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, 2014 featured speaker
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday-Tuesday, March 9-11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

2014 Series: "Simple Words for a Complex World"

Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
"Relationship" 
John 4: 5-42

Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
"Faith" 
John 9: 1-44

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
"Attitude" 
John 3: 1-17

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
"Love" 
Romans 5: 1-5

Click here to listen to previous presentations.

Click here to learn more about the history of the series.

Usually held during the first weekend of Lent, the Barton-Clinton-Gordey Series features a distinguished religious speaker or scholar delivering four of his or her very best sermons. Over the years, the Series has featured a variety of outstanding speakers, including bishops, professors, Christian pastors, and Jewish rabbis.

The Series was originally established in 1963 to honor Dr. L. S. Barton, Boston Avenue's Senior Minister from 1914-1922. In 1987, the Series was also named for Dr. Fred S. Clinton, a pioneer physician who moved to Indian Territory in 1897 and helped to establish Tulsa's first chartered hospital. Then, I. V. and Bona Gordey were named to the Series in 2001. Joining Boston Avenue in 1928, Bona was a beloved Sunday School teacher, and I. V. was a member and goodwill ambassador of the Chancel Choir for over 50 years.

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Service of the Bells
Children participate in the Service of the Bells on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Worshipers raise their candles as they sing "Joy to the World" during the 4:00, 6:00, and 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve services.

Palm Sunday Processional
Choir lead a palm processional on Palm/Passion Sunday morning.