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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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Featured post

Sermon: “God Only Knows”

“God Only Knows,” Mark 13:24-37 (misstated in the video!). First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “When We See the King, the King Sees Us”

“When We See the King, the King Sees Us,” 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Matthew 25:31-46. Christ the King Sunday, Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 22, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “No Feasts, No Assemblies, No Songs: Let Humility & Justice Flow”

“No Feasts, No Assemblies, No Songs: Let Humility & Justice Flow,” Amos 5:18-24. Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Times, November 8, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “Be Jesusy”

“Be Jesusy,” 1 John 3:1-3. Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, All Saints Day, November 1, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “A Matter of Life or Death”

“A Matter of Life or Death,” Psalm 1. Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “Christ Cyrus”

“Christ Cyrus,” Isaiah 45:1-7. Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 18, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Remarks: in response to Psalm 106:3

Remarks in response to Psalm 106:3. Morning Prayer, Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, United Church of Christ, Annual Meeting (at home because of the coronavirus). Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “Mail from Jail 3: Press On”

“Mail from Jail 3: Press On,” Philippians 3:4b-14. Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 4, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

Sermon: “Mail from Jail 2: Paul Ain’t Singin’ the Jailhouse Blues”

“Mail from Jail 2: Paul Ain’t Singin’ the Jailhouse Blues,” Philippians 2:1-13. Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 27, 2020.

— Pastor Richard Mize

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