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Sermon September 12, 2021

Growing into the Fullness of Christ

The gifts he gave were ... to equip the saints for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity,
to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

from Ephesians 4:11-13

Is your faith growing or remaining the same? Does your life make a difference?

As humans, all of us have grown up from infants. We start with simple things like learning to turn over to our stomach or back. We learn to crawl. We begin to pull ourselves up and eventually take some tottering steps. But it isn't long until we can run, skip, and jump. What was once impossible becomes ordinary.

Our faith similarly develops over time, indeed over our entire lives. We were not created and saved to remain how we are, but to grow into the full stature of Christ. This is God's lifetime work in us, and this side of heaven we will always have room to grow.

Where are you growing in your faith? What step is God calling you to take? How is God using you?

Our life in Christ is a journey of saying "yes" to God's will in our life.

Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-16

Worshipping In-Person and Online

We are worshipping in-person at the church, live-streaming to wherever you are, and a recording will be available on YouTube later in the day. We will continue to offer these three ways to join us in worship.

In-Person Worship Begins at 9:30 am!

We are committed to offering worship opportunities for everyone during this time when it may be reasonable for some people to join in public gatherings, and yet still be too great of a risk for others.

  • In-Person: Meeting in-person at the church at 9:30 am, (Fully vaccinated people have the option to not wear a mask. We do ask everyone to remain careful.).
  • Live Video: Live-streaming the service to YouTube. Stream will start around 9:20 am with worship starting at 9:30 am. Don't worry if you join late, you can rewind to the beginning.
  • Recorded Video: Available either immediately or later in the day on YouTube

Please "Subscribe" to our YouTube channel for easiest access to both live and recorded services. Click on the "Subscribe" button at this page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZuJHskSKoLnYRsGTt3clUA/videos?view=0&s...

Our session will continue prayerfully discern God's direction for our congregation, as well as monitoring the public health status. We will keep you informed if the situation changes.
Link for church YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZuJHskSKoLnYRsGTt3clUA/videos?view=0&s...

Welcome to Oviedo Presbyterian Church

We are a family of Christ followers known for our love of Christ, love for one another, and reaching out to those in need. We value authenticity above formality, and honest relationships above token handshakes. We don't pretend to be perfect, and we don't expect that you are either.

If you just want to get lost in the crowd, we may not be the right place for you!

A church is not a building or something you attend, it is something you become a part of. If you want to be more than a number, to love and be loved, to grow in your faith, and to share your gifts and talents, we invite you to check us out.

Whether you are a seasoned saint or a questioning seeker, there is a place for you.

Our Sunday morning worship has a touch of tradition but without being stuffy. We worship in new songs of praise as well as hymns that have withstood the test of time. We preach and teach the Word of God in honest ways that connect with real life and real people. Like God’s love, we minister across the generations, rather than targeting just one. We believe that worship is something that we participate in rather than just watch.

Some of our older members dress in suits or dresses while some of the youth wear jeans. If you wear something "corporate casual" you'll fit right in. Who you are is more important that what you wear! Come as you are, we do!