Oakwood Heights Community Church| Staten Island, NY
1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. 2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. 4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, 6 and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, 12 young men and women, old men and children. 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. 14 And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord
Last Sunday, we had the distinct honor of having a guest speaker appear at Oakwood for our No-Shush Sunday Service, this past Sunday, October 16th. Everyone can attend any of our services; but we wanted to create an additional and brief time of worship specifically designed to embrace those who are noise sensitive and their busy care takers. Our guest speaker is one of our faithful attendees whose been coming since this service began. Actually, the guest speaker, Cristofer, had an interpreter, his mother Lenore Puleo.
Cristofer is a very gifted young man and his parents, Frank and Lenore, wanted to bless us with Cristofer's own words. Cristofer's speech, deeply touched everyone in attendance. We would like to share his inspirational message with you. Please click on this link to read Cristofer's Sermon.
After the sermon, Cristofer's and his parents, provided a wonderful brunch for all the attendees. The OHCC would like to thank Cristofer, Lenore, Frank, and their lovely supportive circle of friends and family who attended the event and joined us in worship and comraderie. God's messengers are everywhere and we are very blessed to have them be a part of our church family.
Our No-Sush Services are the third Sunday of every month from 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Here's a message from the OHCC's Rev. Larry Sallee taken from his sermon this past Sunday, October 16th during our 10:30 AM Worship Service:
"...The bible really is not an easy read at least for your first few hundred times of reading it- so I want to give you-Four ways of viewing the Bible.
First, the Bible is a finger pointing to God. Anything that points to God is not asking us to believe in itself but in that to which it points. Being a Christian does not mean primarily believing in the finger, if you will, but believing... in the God to which the finger points. Or as Mary Lathbury's well-known hymn, "Break Thou the Bread of Life," puts it, "Beyond the sacred page, I seek thee, Lord."
Second, the Bible is a lens through which we view God. The lens is not perfect, and to some degree it distorts what we see, but it is still the clearest view of God that we have.
Third, the Bible is a sacrament like communion, to enhance our experience of the presence of God. Communion does not ask us to believe in the bread and wine, but to let them act as a kind of go-between to deepen our experience of God. The Bible is a go-between in much the same sense.
Fourth, the Bible is, as Peter dubbed it in one of his letters, "a lamp shining in a dark place". A lamp does not eliminate all darkness, but it enables us to find our way through it...."
Rev. Larry Sallee
Oakwood Heights Community Church