Posts from November 2020

Posts from November 2020

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…

St. Mary’s “Angel Tree”

ST. MARY’S “ANGEL TREE” This Sunday November 15 you will find a small tree with “angels” hung on the branches in the parish hall. Please select an angel from the tree to help create a brighter Christmas for the special people in need whom St. Mary’s serves in the inner city. The angel will have a specific gift wish or a request for a gift card. All of the gifts are going to St. Mary’s “Christmas Room” where parents will have the opportunity to select…

Christmas Eve Service Survey and St. Mary’s “Angel Tree”! (Rector’s Letter for 11/09)

Dear Redeemer Family, This has been such a strange year. At times, it seems that the year will never end, and at other times the days are flying by. I can hardly believe that there are only 17 days until Thanksgiving, and 46 days until Christmas. I miss all of you, and I especially miss seeing you in person on Sunday mornings TOGETHER. I have connected with many of you at one point or another, and I have not connected…

Register for Virtual Synod 2020! (Rector’s Letter for 11/02)

Dear Redeemer Family, In lieu of a rector’s letter for today, I am encouraging you to register for this year’s Synod, “Reorienting in the New Normal”. The Gulf Atlantic Diocese will be hosting its annual Synod on November 6-7. This year it will be virtual which allows for many more of us to participate. We will be focusing on the cry found in Psalm 85, “Restore us, O God.” You can find the workshops for the weekend here. We will begin…