Rector’s Letters

Rector’s Letters

Future Vision Committee and S.H.A.PE (Rector’s Letter for 4/12)

Dear Redeemer Family,It is a blessing to be in the midst of this Easter Season with you. I am so encouraged by the strong leadership from our Vestry, our Future Vision Committee, and the Children’s Ministry Future Planning Committee. There are really great things happening in our midst, as the Lord works in and through His people at Redeemer.This Easter Season is a season of rebirth and revisioning for Redeemer. We are preparing for the expiration of our current lease…

Missions First: Prisoners of Christ (Rector’s Letter for 4/05)

Dear Redeemer Family:Alleluia Christ is Risen! It was wonderful to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection with so many of you who were online and in person yesterday! If you missed our services click here for videos of our Sunrise, 8AM, & 10AM gatherings, or for an audio link to my sermon click here.At 6:30PM Wednesday evening, we will hear from Jeff Witt about the ministry of Prisoners of Christ. This is an incredible organization that disciples and equips recently released prison inmates for their new lives.…

Re-Launch for Redeemer (Rector’s Letter for 3/22)

Dear Redeemer Family:We have now entered the second to last week of Lent. We will celebrate Jesus’ final and triumphal arrival at Jerusalem this Sunday, and then begin our Holy Week journey into Jesus’ passion. I hope you will take time during this 5th week of Lent to engage my challenge from Sunday: to reflect on your life in light of Jesus’ invitation to follow him into his death (click HERE if you missed my sermon).As announced yesterday, Redeemer is entering into…

Walk for Domestic Awareness (Rector’s Letter for 3/14)

Dear Redeemer Family: Every Sunday we conclude our services with a corporate declaration of our mission statement. Before you read it below… do you remember it? The Lord calls us……To make followers who: Know Christ, Grow Together, and Go into the world. We are then invited by the leader: Let us go forth in the name of Christ (and we answer, “thanks be to God.”).   On Saturday March 27th at 9AM, we have an opportunity to practice our participation in Christ’s…

Easter Week Schedule (Rector’s Letter for 3/08)

Dear Redeemer Family,This is the third week of the season of Lent, and Easter Sunday is just 27 days away. I am grateful that we will be able to do what we could not do last year, and meet together for our Holy Week services. Thursday April 1 we will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7PM. Good Friday we will have a traditional service at Noon, and a Tenebrae service at 7PM. Holy Saturday’s service will be live-stream only at…

Walking Through the Scriptures (Rector’s Letter for 3/01/21)

Dear Redeemer Family: I have received a lot of positive feedback regarding last Wednesday’s ‘walk through the scriptures’ regarding stewardship, giving, and money. It was a significant blessing and challenge for many who attended. Some commented that it was the best teaching they had heard regarding stewardship in some time. Since many were not able to attend the teaching live, I have recorded it and made it available for any who missed it, or who want to engage again with the…

A New Chapter for the Children’s Ministry (Rector’s Letter for 2/21/21)

Dear Redeemer Family: I write today to announce the beginning of a new chapter at Redeemer. It is with many different emotions that I inform you that Prudence Baldwin will be retiring as our Children’s Ministry Director. Her last day on staff will be May 31. I am thankful, I celebrate, and I am also sad as Prudence’s long tenure ends.  Prudence began volunteering in Children’s Ministry in 1986, and has served as the Director since 1999. During her 35 years of…

The Start of the Lenten Season (Rector’s Letter for 2/15)

Dear Redeemer Family,With the season of Epiphany behind us, we now enter into the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day season (not counting Sundays) which prepares us for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning. I hope that you will participate in one of our three Ash Wednesday services.One way you can participate in this Lenten season is to begin or continue a daily discipline of reading and reflecting on God’s Word.  As I said in my sermon yesterday, I…

Isaiah 58 and Ash Wednesday

Dear Redeemer Family: Many of you are actively connected with other Redeemer members through small group meetings on Zoom, and in-person worship on Sundays. I praise the Lord for his work in the midst of His people at Redeemer, keeping us connected through this season. I have an opportunity for connection and discipleship that I challenge all of you to consider, that will happen this Wednesday evening. During our Zoom meeting this Wed at 6:30PM, Doris Cheshire will be leading…

Ash Wednesday in 16 Days… (Rector’s Letter for 2/01/20)

Dear Redeemer Family:I have been encouraged in recent weeks, as I have caught up with many of you. It has been good to talk with some of you over the phone, to see some of you on Sundays, and to meet in person with others in driveways, parks, and coffee shops.As we continue to walk through this Covid-19 season together, I challenge you to continue to reach out to one another, and to pray for one another. As I have…

An Important Message on Biblical Tithing (Rector’s Letter for 1/25)

An Important Message on Biblical Tithing  Dear Redeemer Family:  The Vestry and I had a very productive time during our retreat this past weekend. We are close to approving an operating budget for 2021, but we are still in need of your feedback to move forward. While we could guess at our income level, it would be better if we received input from any members who have not yet submitted a pledge for this year. There are currently more than 40 members who fall into…

“Sanctity of Life” Sunday and Upcoming Events

Dear Redeemer Family,Given that Bill was in a doctoral class last week and could definitely use today’s holiday time, he asked me to let you in on a few things for this week. As many of you know, yesterday was “Sanctity of Life” Sunday, and Jeanne gave an excellent sermon that you can listen tohere. Also, we watched a portion of this clip from First Coast Women’s services, one of our ministry partners, and invite you to view it in…