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Trinity Presbyterian Church, OKC

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Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Oklahoma City has a rich legacy, especially in the area of race relations and in the work for racial justice.
The church building at 2301 NE 23rd was built in 1945 as Creston Hills Presbyterian Church. By the late 1950s, white flight, as a reaction to school desegregation, had decimated the congregation.
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No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Trinity Presbyterian Church! (h/t UCC)
Meanwhile, an all-black church, Bethany Presbyterian at NE 3 and Geary Avenue — land now under the on-ramp to Interstate 235 just east of Deep Deuce — was struggling because African-Americans were moving north. Bethany had recently merged with Mt. Moriah Presbyterian Church.
Both Bethany and Creston Hills were struggling amid upheaval in their neighborhoods. Creston Hills wanted to move or disband. The Washita Presbytery, precursor to the present Indian Nations Presbytery, considered it but ultimately rejected the idea.
In 1960, under the close hand of the presbytery, the churches came together in a merger to become the first formally integrated church in Oklahoma, Bethany-Creston Hills Presbyterian Church. The next year, it took a new name, Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Trinity pastors and lay people have always been active in race relations and efforts, formal and informal, to bring people together in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Sermon: “Risk of Treasure, Peril of Pearl”

“Risk of Treasure, Peril of Pearl,” Matthew 13:44-46. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 2, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “Holy Contamination: Being a Weed & Fungus for Jesus & Justice”

“Holy Contamination: Being a Weed & Fungus for Jesus & Justice,” Matthew 13:31-34. Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 26, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “Righteous Repetition”

“Righteous Repetition,” Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Matthew 25:37-40, reflection on Rep. John Lewis in Oklahoma City in 1964. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 19, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “Bear Fruit and Yield”

“Bear Fruit and Yield,” Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 12, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon, in response to Psalm 145:8-21, by the Rev. Cindy Kohlman, courtesy of Presbytery of Boston (PCUSA)

Sermon, in response to Psalm 145:8-21, by the Rev. Cindy Kohlman, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 5, 2020. Courtesy of the Presbytery of Boston (PCUSA).

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “In Christ, Be Christ, Represent Christ, Meet Christ, Welcome Christ”

“In Christ, Be Christ, Represent Christ, Meet Christ, Welcome Christ,” Matthew 10:40-42. Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 28, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “I Was at High Risk for COVID-19, and You Wore a Mask”

“I Was at High Risk for COVID-19, and You Wore a Mask,” Matthew 10:24-39 and 25:31-46, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 21. 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: ‘The Spirit is Still Speaking”

“The Spirit is Still Speaking,” Exodus 9:2-8, Matthew 9:35-10:23, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 14, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “The Blessing of Doubt”

“The Blessing of Doubt,” Matthew 28:16-20. Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

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