Welcome to Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church.
We are glad you found our developing website. We hope you find it informative.
At Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church we support people as they seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are an American Baptist Church in partnerships with American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island and American Baptist Churches, USA. We are ecumenically minded and seek opportunities for worship and service with other community churches.
Our church welcomes diverse families. We provide for Christian Education (Sunday School) for school aged children, as well as a nursery for pre-school children during worship services.
A very important part of our worship at Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is through music. We have been blessed with a strong music ministry consisting of a Sanctuary Choir, Hand bell Choir, Youth Choir, two organists, and many musically talented members who readily share their gifts during the worship services throughout the year.
At the conclusion of worship every Sunday all are invited to the fellowship hall to join in conversation and refreshments.
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is located at 229 Wilbur Avenue in Cranston. We warmly invite you to worship with us on a Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Until then, may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ richly bless you!
From the Pastor
Recently, I participated in a special service in the rural town where I last pastored. As is my custom, I visited the log home where I last lived and the animal grave on the property where some of my precious pets are buried.
One thing I liked about country living was having wildlife all around me. Deer, squirrel, chipmunk, rabbits, coyotes and other lovely creatures made my home their home, not to mention my precious hummingbirds. One summer I had a family of fox make the woodpile in my backyard their den. The baby foxes were too cute to describe in words.
One brisk morning in November, I remember a family of wild turkeys leisurely strolling down my long, dirt driveway as if they had come for Thanksgiving dinner. It reminded me of the turkey Robert Orben tells about in a report he gave on the practice of raising your own holiday turkey.
Orben says some people are squeamish about raising their own holiday turkey but not him. “One January we bought a turkey who became a member of the family,” says Orben. “We kept him in the house, fed him, and took him for walks. Eventually, the time came; there was no nonsense about it. We had him for Christmas dinner. He sat on my right.”
That story brings us to the subject of Thanksgiving. For some, Thanksgiving is all about the feasting and football and there is nothing wrong with that. It is always good to get together with others for a good time, especially if you throw Tom Brady into the mix.
But, as we all know, Thanksgiving is really about so much more than that.
Most of us think about the Pilgrims when we think about Thanksgiving. But, have you ever wondered what the first Pilgrims had to be thankful for? The paintings we see of Pilgrims and Indians feasting together before an abundance of food does the story no justice. The first Thanksgiving for the Pilgrims found half their numbers dead. They had the barest of comforts. History bears out the fact that the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving was not about material things; the Pilgrims Thanksgiving was one of ‘giving thanks’ in the face of hardship and ‘giving to those in need.’
For people of faith, giving thanks to God is not confined to a single day; it is central to all of our worship. As the Psalmist says, “I will come into His presence with thanksgiving (Psalm 95:2) and “I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving” (Psalm 16:17). Paul the Apostle describes wor- ship in the New Testament Church as ‘always and for everything giving thanks...to God” (Ephesians 5:20).
The early Christians named their most significant act of worship, the reception of the Lord’s Supper, The Eucharist, which means thanksgiving. And, when they envisioned Heaven, it was to give “Blessings and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving...to our God forever and ever” (Revelation 7:12).
But giving “thanks” is only half of the word Thanksgiving. “Giving” is the other half of the word. The New Testament tells us that Jesus taught that every time we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, cloth the naked, visit the sick or the prisoner, it is the same thing as doing it for Him (Matthew 25: 31-46).
This Thanksgiving let us remember not only to give thanks for the blessings in our lives but also to reach out to others in Jesus’ name.
Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.