The Common Ground Church had planned to hold a service here a week ago but had to cancel after Tulsa issued stricter safe-at-home orders to combat the spread of COVID-19.
However, other churches have offered parking services. And Common Ground, which usually meets in a converted theater in Fontana Mall off 51st Street and Memorial Drive, asked city officials to reconsider. The church got permission later in the week, Dillingham said.
“There is a huge difference between joy and happiness,” he told the congregation during the sermon.
Happiness comes from external circumstances, he said.
“Joy comes from within. Joy is not determined by our circumstances. Joy is determined by our God. “
The crowd was about half the people who normally come to Common Ground, but the turnout impressed Church Elder Brian Leonard, who was parked in the front row in a Honda pilot.
Tulsans need to find ways to “be together even if we stay apart,” said Leonard, waving to several members of the Church whom he recognized.
“It is in the DNA of our church to come together and help others,” he said. “So we will continue to do that.”
Common Ground will have an Easter morning drive-in service next week, assuming the shutdown conditions remain the same, Leonard said.