November 19, 2010
Christ the King Sunday
This Sunday, November 21st, is the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, our long season of walking and worshiping together in the months following Pentecost. We’re approaching the end of the Christian year, and the beginning of a new year in Advent.
This week we will celebrate the kingship of Christ, the anointed One, which is not based on human power, but on the victory won by Jesus through the cross. We declare our allegiance to him and our commitment to his kingdom and reign.
Join us this Sunday at 9 a.m. for the final week of our course on "Spiritual Gifts." This week, we will be discussing questions such as "How do I discover my gifts?" and "Why do I even need to know my gifts? Can't I just serve and not pay attention to my gifts?" Don't miss it!
The following Sunday, we will begin our series on "Spiritual Practices," as we explore concrete ways in which we can deepen our faith. What better way to prepare our hearts during the Advent season? Join us at 9 a.m. for teaching, discussion, and experience with these topics:
Nov. 28: Praying the Prayer Book
Dec 5: Lectio Divina ("Holy Reading")
Dec 12: Gratitude
Dec 19: Sabbath
For more information, please contact Pastor Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-256-0124).
Our final gathering in the four-week introductory series on life at Redeemer is this Sunday, as we talk about our worship and ways to connect at Redeemer. This is a great chance to explore with others who are new here, and some who have been around a while. We’ll serve a light lunch and share some fellowship in this conversational hour. Did you miss a week? No problem—jump back in this Sunday, following coffee hour.
We will be offering this class again in the late Winter/ early Spring.
We’re just around the corner from the turning of the year in our church calendar. Advent marks a new beginning as we await Christ’s coming (advent) that we will celebrate in the Christmas season. One of the marks of this season for us at Redeemer is our Service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Started several years ago this is becoming an annual favourite with Redeemer people and those beyond our congregation.
Our service reflects an annual tradition that began at Cambridge University in 1918, sharing the story of the coming Messiah from scripture and music that responds to the readings.
Join us for our Service of Advent Lessons and Carols Sunday evening, December 5th at 6pm.
Advent is a time of waiting, a time of preparation and a time of acting in response to our hope. Beginning November 28th during the CoR@9 hour, the youth will be exploring the four themes of Advent: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. We will engage Scripture and hands-on Advent activities, and also focus on responding to the needs of others in our communities and globally. All Jr. and Sr. High students are welcome and encouraged to enter into this journey of waiting for the Lord together.
Please join us December 1st, as COR continues with its new monthly ministry of healing prayer and reconciliation for all in need of wholeness. Our healing prayer service will start at 7 pm at the Lutheran Church, where our Sunday services are held. This will be a time of worship, confession, Holy Communion and healing. If you know those seeking healing and wholeness bring them with you as we pray for the renewing work of the Spirit in our lives. These times have witnessed a powerful experience of God’s presence among us. Come and experience His healing power in your life. If you need childcare for this event please contact Brocki on her cell phone – 224-330-9988.
End of Year Giving
With each week we move closer to the end of 2010, and the close of our fiscal year at Church of the Redeemer. Financial issues are important, and are tied to our spiritual life, not separate from it. We give thanks for the generous response to our budgetary need and continue to ask for prayer for God’s provision.
As we live and serve together in openness and gratitude, God will pour blessing through us, empowering us to do those things he has called us as a church to do. So our worship, giving and serving as disciples are linked in vital ways that are reflected in the health of our mission as followers of Christ. May we know God’s blessing and power as we respond to the various needs around us.
Offering last week: $8,880
Amount needed by year’s end: $86,859
We celebrate the arrival of two new beautiful young ladies at Redeemer, born this week. Nunu and Tekle Nigru were joined on Tuesday by their new daughter Beza, (a name that means redemption).
Eleanor Morgan arrived just after 3am Wednesday, joining Mom and Dad (Megan and Daniel) and older brother Eugene.
Both babies and families are doing well. Thanks be to God.
If you are not traveling during the upcoming holiday weekend, please join in a service of thanksgiving, 10am November 25—Thanksgiving Day. This worship service will last one hour, and will include Eucharist ( a greek word meaning “Thanksgiving”).
Drink a Cup and Do Good
Over the next month, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee has asked us to participate in their first ever Christmas Challenge.
In seven short weeks, between now and Christmas, 500 partner churches (including Redeemer) have been asked to help sell 80 bags of Rwandan coffee at each location. If successful, 300 Rwandan farmers will receive a whole year's worth of living wages.
We can do this together by purchasing coffee through Redeemer instead of the grocery store, sending college students back with bags of their favorite Rwandan blends, and business owners/staff enjoying the opportunity to share the story of Land of a Thousand Hills with their fellow colleagues as Christmas gifts. Imagine the message that you can share by encouraging thousands to Drink Coffee. Do Good. this holiday season.
In addition to all your favorite blends, we have new coffees and items available for the holidays, so please stop by Sunday and join me in this commitment to reach the goal for the Rwandan Farmers.
Blessings to you all,
Please Pray For
— Sonrise School and St. Michaels in Rwanda
— the needs for healing, employment, wholeness and other provision
— the final weeks of our Alpha courses
— Redeemer’s financial and missional health
— those celebrating new life and those grieving loss