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Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Southwest Austin is a community of worship, fellowship & mission where everyone is a minister. Oak Hill United Methodist Church, where everyone is a minister, welcomes and encourages all to experience and embody God's unconditional love revealed in Jesus Christ, serving so that the world becomes what God desires.

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“God’s Plan”

On June 2, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 15:17-24. This Sunday we will wrap up our series on forgiveness. On the first Sunday of the series you were invited to pick up a rock as you came forward for communion and live with it for a few weeks. We’ve wrestled with the burdens we carry as we’ve looked at the need to forgive ourselves, the challenge of forgiving others, and the humbling need to ask for forgiveness. All three are essential, but none is possible without the loving forgiveness of our creator. Just as we learn many behaviors (both bad and good) by watching and copying our earthly parents, we learn forgiveness because we experience it firsthand from our heavenly parent. As we celebrate Holy Communion and once again experience the holy forgiveness of Jesus Christ, you are invited to leave your rock at the altar, and with it leave your burdens in the arms of a loving savior.

--2019 JUN 3
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“God’s Plan”

“Three Little Words”

On May 26, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 5:21-26. “Well, me and Jesus got our own thing goin’ Me and Jesus got it all worked out. Me and Jesus got our own thing goin’ Me and Jesus got it all worked out. We can’t afford any fancy preachin’ We can’t afford any fancy church. We can’t afford any fancy singin’ But you know Jesus got a lot of poor people out doin’his work.” (Tom T. Hall, 1972) Even though I’m in the preachin’ biz, I can’t help but like this song. Ithink of my faith as personal, even private. I’ve been loving Jesus a long time.It’s an intimate relationship. You might say that we’ve got our own thing goin’. However, Jesus made it plain that there is adirect connection between our relationship with God and our relationship with otherpeople. Each Sunday we pray the prayer He taught us, and in that prayer we ask God to forgive us as we forgive others. Yikes! Do we really want God to be as unforgiving toward us as we sometimes have been toward others? In verse...

--2019 MAY 27
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“Three Little Words”

“Three Little Words”

On May 26, Pastor Katy preaches on Matthew 5:21-26. As we continue in our series on forgiveness, we come to the third leg of a tripod. We’ve talked about the need to accept forgiveness and to forgive ourselves, and we’ve talked about forgiving others, but the third crucial side of forgiveness is to admit when we’ve wronged someone and to say “I am sorry.” True forgiveness cannot happen without all three of these legs in place; we have to learn how to take ownership of our own actions and seek the forgiveness of others with truly repentant hearts. This third piece was so crucial to Jesus that he actually says not to even bother asking for God’s forgiveness when we haven’t fixed things with our brother or sister first. I guess Jesus means business!

--2019 MAY 27
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“Three Little Words”

“Forgiving Others”

On May 19, Pastor Jim preaches on Genesis 50:15-21. If anyone deserved to be resentful, it was Joseph. His big brothers hated him all his life and treated him accordingly.At one point they grabbed him and threw himin an underground cistern. Just as they were about to leavehim crying out in the darkness in that terrible chamber of death, along came a caravan of Bedouin traders on their camels.Realizing the opportunity, they pulled Joseph out from that pit and sold him into slavery.He was taken to Egypt, put to work, andeventually landed in prison. Fast-forwarding ahead, Joseph rises to power and all but rules Egypt. God was with him through it all. One day a group of Hebrew brothers, starving from famine, came down to Egypt to buygrain.Imagine how Joseph’s heart must have leaped in his royal robes when he saw them bowing before him, not knowing who he was. It was payback time. He could have had them jailed or killed.At the very least he could have let them quake in fear and uncertai...

--2019 MAY 20
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“Forgiving Others”

“Forgiving Yourself”

On May 12, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 18:9-14. Perhaps the hardest person of all to forgive is the one who stares back at you in the mirror. If we decide to, we can forgive most people for most anything, but to give ourselves a pass for something we’ve done just has a different level of challenge to it. Sometimes seeing ourselves as loved and forgiven is the hardest part.

--2019 MAY 13
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“Forgiving Yourself”

“Chip Off the Old Block”

On May 5, the Rev. John Wright, a former pastor at Oak Hill UMC, preaches on Isaiah 51:1b. 1(b) Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. The message was given during special services celebrating Oak Hill UMC’s 40th anniversary.

--2019 MAY 6
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“Chip Off the Old Block”

“Sent Out”

On May 5, the Rev. Stella Burkhalter, a former pastor at Oak Hill UMC, preaches on Luke 10:1-11. 1 After this the Lord appointed seventyothers and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The ...

--2019 MAY 6
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“Sent Out”

“The Way”

On April 28, Pastor Jim preaches on Acts 9:1-6. Blinded by the light Revved up like a deuce Another runner in the night — Manford Mann and the Earth Band This song hit No. 1 when I was in high school. I wasn’t much of a fan mainly because I couldn’t figure out what the heck the song was about. Actually, I couldn’t understand many of the words. This was before Google so none of us could look it up. There was much confusion. This Sunday we will think together about the time Saul was literally blinded by the light. “Seeing the light" has become a catchphrase to describe the moment when someone—for example, Jake or Elwood Blues—finally gets it. It’s a moment of clarity. As I read Acts Chapter 9, I realize that I’ve been misreading the story all along. Saul wasn’t changed when he saw the light, but rather, he was blinded. He was not converted or transformed; he was in darkness. His companions led him by the hand into Damascus, where he lived without food or water or sight for t...

--2019 APR 29
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“The Way”

“The Easter Earthquake”

On April 21, Pastor Jim preaches onMatthew 28:1-10. Fear and joy, though usually mutually exclusive, share similar symptoms: rapid pulse, high energy, tears, and deep emotion.Imagine the sensation of being fearful and joyful simultaneously. One of the things I’ve noticed after reading the Gospel accounts is all the running. The women run and the disciples run. I grew up listening toSunday school stories told to me through a flannel board. On the flannel board the characters always moved serenely and slowly. Nobody ran. What would it take to get you running? What is the most wonderful thing you can imagine that would also scare the life out of you? Easter was full of earthquakes, angels, and running women. It’s not for the faint of heart. One of the certainties of life is that the dead stay dead. OnEaster thetomb is empty. Our Lord, once bruised and battered and hanging on a cross, is no longer in his grave. Remember how they put him in a “borrowed tomb?” Sure enough, he was only...

--2019 APR 22
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“The Easter Earthquake”

“To See and Believe”

On April 21, Pastor Katy preaches on John 20:1, 11-18. In today’s world of grief and pain, we need resurrection. In our increasingly polarized and isolating society, we need hope. When we look back to the Garden of Eden in theBook of Genesis, we find a story about our own brokenness, but that story is not the final word. The same God who walks in the garden with Adam and Eve, shows up in the person of Jesus to walk in garden with Mary Magdalene. A lot happens in between those two garden stories, but like Mary Magdalene, we have a tendency to keep our focus on the tomb. Jesus shows up among us, but are we ready to enter into a new story and shift from the grave to a new creation? Are we ready to truly see and to believe?

--2019 APR 22
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“To See and Believe”
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Latest Episodes

“God’s Plan”

On June 2, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 15:17-24. This Sunday we will wrap up our series on forgiveness. On the first Sunday of the series you were invited to pick up a rock as you came forward for communion and live with it for a few weeks. We’ve wrestled with the burdens we carry as we’ve looked at the need to forgive ourselves, the challenge of forgiving others, and the humbling need to ask for forgiveness. All three are essential, but none is possible without the loving forgiveness of our creator. Just as we learn many behaviors (both bad and good) by watching and copying our earthly parents, we learn forgiveness because we experience it firsthand from our heavenly parent. As we celebrate Holy Communion and once again experience the holy forgiveness of Jesus Christ, you are invited to leave your rock at the altar, and with it leave your burdens in the arms of a loving savior.

--2019 JUN 3
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“God’s Plan”

“Three Little Words”

On May 26, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 5:21-26. “Well, me and Jesus got our own thing goin’ Me and Jesus got it all worked out. Me and Jesus got our own thing goin’ Me and Jesus got it all worked out. We can’t afford any fancy preachin’ We can’t afford any fancy church. We can’t afford any fancy singin’ But you know Jesus got a lot of poor people out doin’his work.” (Tom T. Hall, 1972) Even though I’m in the preachin’ biz, I can’t help but like this song. Ithink of my faith as personal, even private. I’ve been loving Jesus a long time.It’s an intimate relationship. You might say that we’ve got our own thing goin’. However, Jesus made it plain that there is adirect connection between our relationship with God and our relationship with otherpeople. Each Sunday we pray the prayer He taught us, and in that prayer we ask God to forgive us as we forgive others. Yikes! Do we really want God to be as unforgiving toward us as we sometimes have been toward others? In verse...

--2019 MAY 27
Comments
“Three Little Words”

“Three Little Words”

On May 26, Pastor Katy preaches on Matthew 5:21-26. As we continue in our series on forgiveness, we come to the third leg of a tripod. We’ve talked about the need to accept forgiveness and to forgive ourselves, and we’ve talked about forgiving others, but the third crucial side of forgiveness is to admit when we’ve wronged someone and to say “I am sorry.” True forgiveness cannot happen without all three of these legs in place; we have to learn how to take ownership of our own actions and seek the forgiveness of others with truly repentant hearts. This third piece was so crucial to Jesus that he actually says not to even bother asking for God’s forgiveness when we haven’t fixed things with our brother or sister first. I guess Jesus means business!

--2019 MAY 27
Comments
“Three Little Words”

“Forgiving Others”

On May 19, Pastor Jim preaches on Genesis 50:15-21. If anyone deserved to be resentful, it was Joseph. His big brothers hated him all his life and treated him accordingly.At one point they grabbed him and threw himin an underground cistern. Just as they were about to leavehim crying out in the darkness in that terrible chamber of death, along came a caravan of Bedouin traders on their camels.Realizing the opportunity, they pulled Joseph out from that pit and sold him into slavery.He was taken to Egypt, put to work, andeventually landed in prison. Fast-forwarding ahead, Joseph rises to power and all but rules Egypt. God was with him through it all. One day a group of Hebrew brothers, starving from famine, came down to Egypt to buygrain.Imagine how Joseph’s heart must have leaped in his royal robes when he saw them bowing before him, not knowing who he was. It was payback time. He could have had them jailed or killed.At the very least he could have let them quake in fear and uncertai...

--2019 MAY 20
Comments
“Forgiving Others”

“Forgiving Yourself”

On May 12, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 18:9-14. Perhaps the hardest person of all to forgive is the one who stares back at you in the mirror. If we decide to, we can forgive most people for most anything, but to give ourselves a pass for something we’ve done just has a different level of challenge to it. Sometimes seeing ourselves as loved and forgiven is the hardest part.

--2019 MAY 13
Comments
“Forgiving Yourself”

“Chip Off the Old Block”

On May 5, the Rev. John Wright, a former pastor at Oak Hill UMC, preaches on Isaiah 51:1b. 1(b) Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. The message was given during special services celebrating Oak Hill UMC’s 40th anniversary.

--2019 MAY 6
Comments
“Chip Off the Old Block”

“Sent Out”

On May 5, the Rev. Stella Burkhalter, a former pastor at Oak Hill UMC, preaches on Luke 10:1-11. 1 After this the Lord appointed seventyothers and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The ...

--2019 MAY 6
Comments
“Sent Out”

“The Way”

On April 28, Pastor Jim preaches on Acts 9:1-6. Blinded by the light Revved up like a deuce Another runner in the night — Manford Mann and the Earth Band This song hit No. 1 when I was in high school. I wasn’t much of a fan mainly because I couldn’t figure out what the heck the song was about. Actually, I couldn’t understand many of the words. This was before Google so none of us could look it up. There was much confusion. This Sunday we will think together about the time Saul was literally blinded by the light. “Seeing the light" has become a catchphrase to describe the moment when someone—for example, Jake or Elwood Blues—finally gets it. It’s a moment of clarity. As I read Acts Chapter 9, I realize that I’ve been misreading the story all along. Saul wasn’t changed when he saw the light, but rather, he was blinded. He was not converted or transformed; he was in darkness. His companions led him by the hand into Damascus, where he lived without food or water or sight for t...

--2019 APR 29
Comments
“The Way”

“The Easter Earthquake”

On April 21, Pastor Jim preaches onMatthew 28:1-10. Fear and joy, though usually mutually exclusive, share similar symptoms: rapid pulse, high energy, tears, and deep emotion.Imagine the sensation of being fearful and joyful simultaneously. One of the things I’ve noticed after reading the Gospel accounts is all the running. The women run and the disciples run. I grew up listening toSunday school stories told to me through a flannel board. On the flannel board the characters always moved serenely and slowly. Nobody ran. What would it take to get you running? What is the most wonderful thing you can imagine that would also scare the life out of you? Easter was full of earthquakes, angels, and running women. It’s not for the faint of heart. One of the certainties of life is that the dead stay dead. OnEaster thetomb is empty. Our Lord, once bruised and battered and hanging on a cross, is no longer in his grave. Remember how they put him in a “borrowed tomb?” Sure enough, he was only...

--2019 APR 22
Comments
“The Easter Earthquake”

“To See and Believe”

On April 21, Pastor Katy preaches on John 20:1, 11-18. In today’s world of grief and pain, we need resurrection. In our increasingly polarized and isolating society, we need hope. When we look back to the Garden of Eden in theBook of Genesis, we find a story about our own brokenness, but that story is not the final word. The same God who walks in the garden with Adam and Eve, shows up in the person of Jesus to walk in garden with Mary Magdalene. A lot happens in between those two garden stories, but like Mary Magdalene, we have a tendency to keep our focus on the tomb. Jesus shows up among us, but are we ready to enter into a new story and shift from the grave to a new creation? Are we ready to truly see and to believe?

--2019 APR 22
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“To See and Believe”
the END
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