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 our music program. We have been blessed with a strong music ministry consisting of a Sanctuary Choir, Hand bell 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!
“You shall hallow the fiftieth year, and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all its inhabitants. For it is a jubilee, it shall be holy to you.”
Sitting here in Starbucks, I am looking back on my Sabbatical, which was a deeply spiritual experience for me. With limited resources and an aging, diabetic dog, I chose not to go too far away or for too long a period of time. I made several trips to the mountains of New Hampshire and the Adirondack. After all, the Bible says, “The mountains shall bring peace to the people.” And the psalmist declared, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.”
It is also important to mention that The Basin in the Great North Woods is my #1 outdoor prayer spot. I have been committing things (big and small) to God there since 1975.
I was very blessed to have attended the Rhythms of the Spirit retreat at Canonicus, our very own camp and conferencing center. I also attended an all-day workshop there on Preaching from the Gospel of Matthew. And, I scheduled a two-day personal retreat at Motter hoping to ‘be still and know that God is God.’ I only lasted a day and a half with that experience but just as I was walking out the door to leave, my eyes fell upon an old book by a seminary professor I once met named Maria Harris.
The title of her book is, JUBILEE TIME, Celebrating Women, Spirit, and the Advent of Age. JUBILEE TIME is written with the verse from Leviticus mentioned above at its center.
The book is described as a work shimmering with wisdom and joy as Maria brings a special gift to every woman facing who she is now and who she may become in the years and decades ahead. It starts with the Biblical teaching that the fiftieth year marks a time for celebration and refection as the embarkation point of a new journey. Harris helps women enter the second half of life with refreshed spirituality, an increased freedom, and a richer sense of themselves.
The book was my constant companion during my Sabbatical and continues to be. There is so much from the book, I still need to learn such as: How to embrace my inner elder, how to discover the freedoms of growing older, and how to become my most authentic self.
I guess you could say I am still learning to keep the Sabbath holy. It is my prayer that you, too, are finding ways to honor the Sabbath and to celebrate your personhood, the Spirit, and the advent of age.
Blessings upon your Sabbath journey!