Rector’s Letters

Rector’s Letters

Wednesday Night Programming and Upcoming Events (rector’s Letter for 1/11)

Greetings!Our rector Bill is busy with one of his doctoral courses this week soI’m filling in for him. Join me in praying for him.It has been a week of disturbing events in our nation. We know that no matter what happens, the Lord is still on his throne. Bill’s sermon yesterday was excellent application on thinking Christianly in these anxious times. I encourage you to take the time to listen if you missed it, or perhaps re-listen to it here.RSM…

New 8AM Sunday Service, Zoom Missions Update from Mike Miller, and Stewardship (Rector’s Letter for 1/04)

Dear Redeemer Family,  2020 is now finally behind us. While there were many challenges, there were also many things to celebrate. As a result of the challenges of last year, I saw two significant blessings at Redeemer: more members are now connected through our on-line small groups; and home-bound members are now able to attend worship virtually. These are just two of the many works that the Lord did in our midst last year, and I give him all the praise and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Stewardship, and the FCWS Banquet on Oct. 29

Dear Redeemer Family, This morning, I am finding encouragement and solace from the sermon yesterday, specifically from the emphasized reality that the Holy Spirit is with me, and in me. Therefore, I can know and trust that He is with me in the midst of everything that I am feeling and everything that is before me. I praise the Lord that I am not alone, and that He shoulders my burdens with me.Yes, I am finding encouragement and solace from my…
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