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Whether it be in worship, studies, small groups, missions, music or more, there is a place for you at Boston Avenue UMC!

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You Matter at Boston Avenue UMC

Our vision is to be a thoughtful Christian community that connects all people with God’s unconditional love.

We believe that everyone is a beloved child of God with gifts and talents to share – and that means you too!

If you want to be part of Christ’s love in action, you’re in the right place.

A historic, theologically progressive church located in downtown Tulsa, Boston Avenue invites our congregation to think deeply, grow spiritually, and love generously. You’ll receive rich and meaningful worship, nourishing fellowship with others, and abundant missions and social justice opportunities.

Our Theology

At Boston Avenue, we believe that everyone is a beloved child of God. Our church embraces an affirming and inclusive theology that welcomes everyone into membership, leadership, and full participation in the church.

Our theology draws on the rich Wesleyan teachings and heritage of the United Methodist faith, including our understanding that everyone’s faith journey and questions will differ. We embrace theological tools like the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, which incorporates reason, experience, tradition, and scripture in theological development.

We strive for our missions and ministries to embody the teachings of Matthew 22:37-39  – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our Core Values

Our ASCENDS core values were discerned in 2018 by a diverse team through an intensive process. The process included feedback and data from staff and leaders, a review of the missions and ministries of Boston Avenue’s previous 125 years, an all-church survey, and more. We strive to embody these core values throughout all of our programs and ministry efforts.

Affirms everyone is a beloved child of God.
Sees spiritual growth as a lifelong journey.
Cultivates music, architecture, and the arts as a means of experiencing God.
Embraces a reasoned approach to faith and scripture.
Nurtures our congregation to be ambassadors for reconciliation.
Develops mission partnerships as Christ’s love in action.
Strives for excellence in service to God.

Our Core Values

Our ASCENDS core values were discerned in 2018 by a diverse team through an intensive process. The process included feedback and data from staff and leaders, a review of the missions and ministries of Boston Avenue’s previous 125 years, an all-church survey, and more. We strive to embody these core values throughout all of our programs and ministry efforts.

Affirms everyone is a beloved child of God.

Sees spiritual growth as a lifelong journey.

Cultivates music, architecture, and the arts as a means of experiencing God.

Embraces a reasoned approach to faith and scripture.

Nurtures our congregation to be ambassadors for reconciliation.

Develops mission partnerships as Christ’s love in action.

Strives for excellence in service to God.

Join Us In Worship

Traditional worship services are held at 9 and 11 a.m. in our iconic art-deco Sanctuary. Join us from anywhere in the world – the 11 a.m. service is streamed live on our website, YouTube, and Facebook pages. You can also tune in via television locally – our 11 a.m. worship service is broadcast live each Sunday morning on KTUL-TV, Channel 8!

Alternative Worship at Boston Avenue is a new service (launched January 2024) designed for the religiously disenfranchised – those who have felt alienated by or disenchanted with the churches that raised them. This worship experience blends ancient spiritual practices, liturgical worship, and modern worship into a new and nourishing experience. Join us in Jubilee Gym at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning to be a part of this new faith community!

Sunday mornings also offer Sunday School for all ages at 9:50 a.m., along with childcare for families with young children.

This week’s sermon

The Reverend Dr. Samuel T. Powers
Boston Avenue Methodist Church
Mark 6: 14-29

"King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known.
Some were saying, 'John the baptizer has been raised from the
dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.' But
others said, 'It is Elijah.' And others said, 'It is a prophet, like one
of the prophets of old.' But when Herod heard of it, he said, 'John,
whom I beheaded, has been raised.'

For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him,
and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's
wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling
Herod, 'It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.' And
Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But
she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a
righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard
him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to
him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a
banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of
Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she
pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, 'Ask
me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.' And he solemnly
swore to her, 'Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my
kingdom.' She went out and said to her mother, 'What should I ask
for?' She replied, 'The head of John the baptizer.' Immediately she
rushed back to the king and requested, 'I want you to give me at
once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.' The king was
deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests,
he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier
of the guard with orders to bring John's head. He went and
beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and
gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his
disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in
a tomb."

The Reverend Dr. Samuel T. Powers
Boston Avenue Methodist Church
Mark 6: 14-29

"King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known.
Some were saying, 'John the baptizer has been raised from the
dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.' But
others said, 'It is Elijah.' And others said, 'It is a prophet, like one
of the prophets of old.' But when Herod heard of it, he said, 'John,
whom I beheaded, has been raised.'

For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him,
and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's
wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling
Herod, 'It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.' And
Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But
she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a
righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard
him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to
him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a
banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of
Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she
pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, 'Ask
me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.' And he solemnly
swore to her, 'Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my
kingdom.' She went out and said to her mother, 'What should I ask
for?' She replied, 'The head of John the baptizer.' Immediately she
rushed back to the king and requested, 'I want you to give me at
once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.' The king was
deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests,
he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier
of the guard with orders to bring John's head. He went and
beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and
gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his
disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in
a tomb."

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Sunday Sermon 07-14-2024: But the Guests Will See

July 14, 2024 10:09 pm

your journey of faith matters here

Music

Boston Avenue’s music ministry offers people opportunities for all ages. Whether it’s singing, ringing handbells, playing an instrument, or performing in a musical…we have something for you!

Children

We want children to know they are beloved children of God. We provide safe, fun, age-appropriate, and meaningful faith formation opportunities for all children to learn the Christian story, study the Bible, and be Christ’s love in action through missions.

Missions

We are called to go forth into the world and be of service, and if service is your calling, you will find many like-minded and kind-hearted people to work alongside to help bring Christ’s love into our daily living.

Small groups

Small groups offer a more intimate community of fellowship and connection in a larger church like Boston Avenue. We can help you find a Sunday School class, study group, or community like United Women in Faith to begin new friendships today!

Life events

As we journey through the stages and ages of life, it’s important to celebrate and mark these transitions as well. Boston Avenue honors the journey with services and classes to help navigate life’s changes.

Adults

From faith formation to missions, there are countless opportunities to be of service. You can be sure you will have space to develop, question, grow and to serve here at Boston Avenue!

News and More

Words From the Open Table

Words From the Open Table

Well, July has arrived and that means July Revival at Boston Avenue! I was a student at Boston Avenue when Dr. Biggs instituted this tradition. We had the approach of a brush arbor revival where we sang a lot of the more “old timey” hymns. I can remember Dr. Biggs...

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New Day Camp

New Day Camp

By Rochelle Caudill “We love because he first loved us” 1 John 4:19 Going to camp should be a joyous and happy time for all campers. That is the goal of CJAMM, whose staff worked so hard to plan, organize and produce a camp that would allow a group of 8-14 year olds...

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He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 (NRSVUE)