Like the old days, we still get together as a family on Sundays to seek God, grow spiritually, and share joy. We take turns keeping the nursery, making the coffee, and telling stories. Around 9:30AM, we gather to study the Bible in small groups, because we’ve found that a life lived together is better, richer, and somehow more of a life. At 10:30AM, we start our large group worship time in the Sanctuary, where we sing some old and some new songs before Pastor Andrew highlights the thousands of places that Jesus’ ancient wisdom intersects, interrupts, and informs our modern lives. Our hope is that each of us would meet Jesus, follow Jesus, and live like Jesus in our families and neighborhoods.
Tips for Sunday:
We strive to be as diverse as the community around us. Farmers, Bankers, Plumber, StayAtHomeMoms, Artists, College Kids, Retirees, Racecar Drivers, and Professional Crafters all call Oakland home. We are skeptics, cynics, doubters, atheists, believers, followers, and disciples. All of us once were drunks, failures, liars, cheaters, or thieves, but we have found more joy, pleasure, and purpose in Jesus than in any of those former things, and so we’re trying to live as the new people he makes us to be.
Is Worship Uptight?
Great question, because it is a sin to bore someone with the Gospel. We are a Presbyterian Church that appreciates the rituals and language that’s formed people for generations. But we are also a modern church for this generation, so we aren’t afraid to tinker with tradition. We value simplicity and beauty in worship, so we don’t use projection screens or gilded Bibles. We do receive communion each month and often we sing ancient hymns in new arrangements. It’s not easy to explain, so just come and see for yourself.