Posts from 2020

Posts from 2020

An Update from Vestry and Looking Towards 2021 (Rector’s Letter for 12/28)

Dear Redeemer Family,There are just three days left in 2020. While this has been a very challenging year, there is a LOT that I am thankful for: for my family and my son Dan’s engagement & wedding, for Redeemer’s faithful members, for the Lord’s provision for doing ministry in a new way, and for the Lord’s provision for Redeemer through you, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Those are just a few examples, among many others. (At the end of…

Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle

Feast of Saint Thomas the ApostleSaint Thomas the Apostle is often known by the name, “Thomas the Doubter” or “Doubting Thomas.” As one of the Lord’s chosen apostles, we remember and give thanks for him and his work as a minister in Christ’s Church in the midst of a Noonday Holy Eucharist.Join us Wednesday, December 23 at 12:00 as we commune together and learn how Christ shows himself to us in our doubt through his wounds.

4th Week of Advent and End-of-the-Year Giving (rector’s Letter for 12/21)

Dear Redeemer Family:Happy 4th Week of Advent! I am so thankful for the Lord’s presence in the midst of our Lessons and Carols service yesterday, and his provision through the ingathering of our pledges. If you were not able to submit your pledge yesterday, please say your prayers, and return your pledge of your 3-T’s (Time, Talent, and Treasure) for 2021 ASAP. You can download the form HERE and bring or send the form in, or you can complete a confidential…

SIGN UP for Our Christmas Eve Service!

SIGN UP for Our Christmas Eve Service!The season of Advent is HERE! We have considered your responses to our last survey and have decided on our services being at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Our 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. services will be streamed and available for later viewing, and a 3:00 p.m. service stream is TBD at this time.It is IMPERATIVE that you sign up for a service if you plan to attend. If you do not sign up,…

Christmas Eve Services and Stewardship Ingathering (Rector’s Letter for 12/14)

Dear Redeemer Family,This Sunday we will celebrate the ingathering of our Stewardship pledges for 2021, as we worship with our Lessons and Carols service. I am asking all Redeemer members to set aside time to say your prayers, and then make your pledge for your giving of your Time, Talent, and Treasure for 2021. This will enable your Vestry and Staff to create a working budget for 2021, and avoid guesswork. If things change in your financial situation during the year, just…

Second Week of Advent and Stewardship (Rector’s Letter 12/7)

Dear Redeemer Family:This is the second week of Advent, and the Collect for the week is one of my favorite Anglican collective prayers. I encourage you to turn to page 598 and pray that prayer throughout this week.With Christmas Eve is rapidly approaching, I am seeking to make the final decision on what time our Christmas Eve services will be, and whether there will be two or three services. PLEASE respond, if you have not already, to the survey. You can find…

An UPDATED Christmas Eve Survey!

An UPDATED Christmas Eve Survey! The season of Advent is HERE! We have considered your responses to our survey and the suggestions you have made. We have created another survey for you to choose from for our Christmas Eve services. It is IMPERATIVE that you fill this out so that we can plan accordingly. We are planning for 2, at the most 3, services depending on expected attendance so make sure your voice is heard by filling out this survey. Please…

Advent and Stewardship (Rector’s Letter for 11/30)

Dear Redeemer Family: Yesterday was the first Sunday in Advent, launching us into the beginning of the new Church year, and having implications for our liturgical worship. We begin a new year in our lectionary readings, transitioning from year A to year B (p.717 in our Anglican Prayer Book). In our Sunday collective prayers, we return to the beginning of the church calendar with the Advent Collects (p.598). One more change to our Sunday worship will be the use of…

A Thanksgiving Prayer and Advent Preparation (Rector’s Letter 11/23)

Dear Redeemer Family: This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and this Sunday we begin the Season of Advent. I am thankful for you, for your partnership in the Lord’s work at Redeemer, and for your faithful and generous support. I look forward to our worship and reflection together during this four week penitential season leading to the Advent of the Messiah. As this year has been a year like no other, so this Thanksgiving looks to be unlike any other. We…

Advent Lessons and Carols

Advent Lessons and Carols Our annual Lessons and Carols service will be held on the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 20th during our 10 a.m. worship. Plan to join in as we tell the story together – in various languages – in scripture and song!

The End of Our Holy Spirit Study and Bishop Neil Lehbar’s Annual Visit (Rector’s Letter for 11/16)

Dear Redeemer Family: My sermon yesterday was the final sermon in our 7-week study of the Holy Spirit. I hope you all have listened to it, or plan to listen. By our faith in Jesus we are all members of His body, are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and are equipped by the Spirit for the work and ministry he desires us to be doing. This is an active relationship, and this is an ongoing relationship. Whether you are younger or older,…

An Update from Our Children’s Ministry

Advent Family Reading: There is a fourth book in the Storybooks for Advent series that many of our families have been enjoying, Ishtar’s Odyssey. It is available at Amazon. Ishtar will join the Wise Men as they follow the star to Bethlehem. Reimagined Christmas Pageant: This year we will be filming a very special children’s video of the Christmas story to be presented Christmas Eve. Families that would like to participate should plan to be a church at 11:00 on…