A Prayer . . .

Posted by Eric Hoheisel, Senior Pastor on Monday, April 22, 2013

Almighty and all caring God, this week, in the light of bombings and manhunts and explosions….in the midst of governmental gridlock and gun violence….there were good things that happened….so many good things…..

Weddings, caring people, heroic citizens, blooming flowers, springtime, hope.

Thank you for never leaving.

Help us to see you in the midst of darkness.

Recalibrate our vision.  Remove the cataracts of negativity from our eyes and hearts.

Correct our sight so that we can see that your light shines ever brighter in darkness.

For you alone are the holy one.  You alone are the Lord.  You alone are still the resurrected one; our salvation.

We look again today to you and glorify you in the midst of our broken world.  Lift us up today to be where you are, and to the peace in which you dwell.



And as we celebrate earth day and the start of the Oaklyn community garden:

 Lord, give us the humility to remember that we are made from dirt, so that we might till the dirt and love it as we love ourselves. Amen.

Tags: community garden  prayer  earth  peace  celebration  heart of thanksgiving  praise 

Meet Our Sr. Pastor

Rev. Eric Hoheisel Rev. Eric Hoheisel is the Pastor of the Oaklyn Baptist Church in Oaklyn, NJ, and is a past moderator of the Greater Delaware Valley Association of the American Baptist Churches of NJ. Previously he served as the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Jamestown, Ohio, and as an Interim Pastor at Washington Community Fellowship, Washington D.C. Pastor Hoheisel is a 1995 graduate of Eastern Baptist Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) and a 1984 graduate of Wittenberg University (Ohio). Prior to his service as Pastor, Rev. Hoheisel served as Executive Director of Love & Action, a Christian ministry to men, women and children with HIV/AIDS (1990-1992). There he developed and conducted educational seminars and workshops for churches and helped coordinate a national network of like-minded ministries. From 1987-1990 he worked in Washington D.C. doing urban mission work through Youth with a Mission. At the time he also served on a steering committee for the Congressional Staff Fellowship. Prior to entering ministry, Eric was a Senior Consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton in the area of Telecommunications Policy. Pastor Hoheisel has two sons, Will and Luke. His wife, Jennifer, is a Professor of Philosophy at Camden County College. Rev. Hoheisel has a special heart for prayer and spiritual formation issues. He also greatly enjoys finding the connections between spirituality and the fine arts. Pastor Eric conducts a five session workshop on prayer. For more information on this workshop, please contact the church office.