To the editor:
On Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, the First Church of Oberlin celebrated its 175th anniversary. Ministers and members of the community did a fantastic job of putting the program together. And what an awesome event it was! I’m sure the angels in heaven were rejoicing!
Two songs come to mind that perfectly describe the service Sunday at the First Church of Oberlin. Let me share the words with you:
“In this very room there’s quite enough love for all of us. And in this very room, there’s quite enough joy for all of us. And there’s quite enough hope and quite enough power to chase away any gloom, for Jesus, Lord Jesus, is in this very room.”
And the other song:
“Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. I can feel his mighty power and his grace. I can hear the brush of angels’ wings, I see glory on each face. Surely, the presence of the Lord is in this place.”
In 1949, I walked across the stage in this very church to receive my high school diploma. I shall always remember the address given by the speaker. It was “The Long, Hard Road.” The speaker, a minister, encouraged the graduates to “fight the good fight of faith” and never give up.
Charles G. Finney was one of the founders of the First Church Meeting House. In 1833, at a very young age, Charles G. Finney’s soul “just wouldn’t be contented,” so he went into the woods and prayed “until he found the Lord.” Charles G. Finney allowed the Lord “to order his steps.” May we do likewise in our walk with the Lord.
Oberlin is a special community. Oberlin is blessed with wonderful, loving, kindhearted, giving people. May God continue to bless the city of Oberlin as we reach out to serve and help others.