ENID, Okla. — It will take time
There are now 168 members of First Presbyterian Church, he said.
“We’re healing and happening,” Long said. “It will take a long time. We have conversations, and people talk about it. They are voices being heard,” he said.
Long said the church is growing physically and spiritually and has returned to traditional Presbyterian worship and education, understanding who they are and what God is calling them to do. Long said he became a Presbyterian because he could ask questions without being made to feel stupid, and disagree without being ostracized.
“Reformed theology is about inclusiveness. Everyone is welcome at the table,” Long said. “We can disagree. Our task here is to remind the congregation that is possible.”
First Presbyterian Church is planning a special Palm Sunday worship service that musically will trace Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. The music of Samuel Barber, Eugene Gigout, Johann Bach, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Stephen Elgar, John Purifoy, and John Stainer will be featured. Rhonda Russell will be the pianist, Long will play the organ and First Presbyterian Choir will perform. Eddie Lou Strimple will be the director.