Mother of All Faux Pas

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Mother of All Faux Pas

Under the best of circumstances, weddings are accidents waiting to happen.

To varying degrees, something almost always goes wrong at a service of holy matrimony, but something is going seriously sideways at a wedding in Cana. The mother of all wedding faux pas.

In a culture where a couple celebrated their wedding not with a honeymoon but with a seven-day wedding feast, it was simply unthinkable to run out of wine before running out of party. But this one did.

And though initially seeming reluctant, it became an opportunity for Jesus to provide a sign—the first of seven in the Gospel of John—of God’s abundant transforming grace.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

Bingo Night at Light House

Begins today, Friday January 18th! Email Ian to join in. 6:30pm-9:00pm at The Light House Homelessness Prevention Center. We’ll play a few rounds and enjoy fellowship with the residents.

 

News & Annoucements

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study and is followed by dinner. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Get Smart Club: Homework help for Elementary and Middle School students, every Tuesday at the Stanton Center 4:00-5:00pm. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Chapel at the Lutheran Mission: A spiritual community for those who serve or receive help from the Lutheran Mission. Every Wednesday at 10am.  ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: February 10th.

  • Vestry Meeting: February 10th, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Third Friday Bingo: 7:00-9:00pm at the Light House. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Ash Wednesday: The beginning of Lent is March 6th.

  • Adult Confirmation Class: Begins Sunday March 10th at 8:45am.

  • Holy Week: April 18-20. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil.

Service and Sandwiches Monday at 6pm

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Service and Sandwiches

Due to our being unable to meet on Sunday due to the snow, we were not able to make the lunches which are to be distributed by Light House.

These lunches still need to be made! People are still hungry!

Please join in with us as we make these lunches and eat supper together. We will also celebrate the Lord's Supper.

Monday, 6pm-7:30pm.

See you there,

Steve +

Cancelled! No Service on January 13th

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Cancelled!

For safety’s sake, today’s worship service is cancelled. For those who can make it, we will meet Monday  at 6:00 PM for “Second Sunday Sandwiches”.

All are encouraged to pray Morning Prayer today in their homes. We have prepared the liturgy for today’s service which can be found here.

+Steve

Postponed! - 1 hour delay Sunday January 13th

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Postponed!

In anticipation of sloppy roads, parking lots, and sidewalks in the morning, we’re going to postpone our worship service by one hour (starting time 11:00 AM), have a shorter service, and participate in Second Sunday Sandwiches immediately following. There will be no Children’s Liturgy.

If the snow’s worse than we anticipate and we need to cancel entirely, it will be posted on our website by 9:00 AM. So please check www.redeemerannapolis.org before you venture out.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Steve+

Blatant Discrimination and Sandwiches

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Blatant Discrimination and Sandwiches

In the first of four “Servant Songs” in the last third of the book of Isaiah (our Old Testament lesson this week), we see a case of blatant discrimination.

The Lord’s Servant—Messiah—will, in fact, discriminate in favor of the poor, who are as vulnerable as a “bruised reed”, and those with hardly a spark of hope, like a flickering lamp in which the wick is barely smoldering.

When we also discriminate on the poor’s behalf (the second half of this week’s Old Testament lesson), we join Messiah’s mission in a profound and ancient way.

And so, we’re going to practice just a little blatant discrimination after worship this Sunday.

Hope you’ll join us for worship at 10, and Second Sunday Sandwiches at 11:30.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study and is followed by dinner. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Get Smart Club: Homework help for Elementary and Middle School students, every Tuesday at the Stanton Center 4:00-5:00pm. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Chapel at the Lutheran Mission: A spiritual community for those who serve or receive help from the Lutheran Mission. Every Wednesday at 10am. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • January 11-12: Dinner and overnight at Winter Relief with Bay Ridge Christian Church. Sign Up.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: January 13th.

  • Third Friday Bingo: 7:00-9:00pm January 18 at the Light House. Sign up.

  • Ash Wednesday: The beginning of Lent is March 6th.

One Movable Feast, and One Not

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One Movable Feast, and One Not

“5th” Sunday Potluck

Our 5th Sunday Potluck is, as of this Sunday, a movable feast…migrating from the last Sunday of December to the first Sunday of January.

Hope you’ll join us after worship as we, once again, share a meal and some laughter around the table.

Please sign up here to bring an entree and either a side dish or dessert.

Epiphany

Epiphany is not a movable feast. The commemoration of the Magi’s visit to Bethlehem occurs every year on the 12th Day of Christmas. And just as Christmas, it’s observed on a specific date rather than day; always January 6th.

Epiphany’s Gospel lesson affords us an opportunity to rescue the Magi from their places in the annual Christmas pageant (having "traversed afar”, they arrived in Bethlehem much later than, say, the shepherds), and restore them to their biblical roles as key witnesses to both the promise and threat of Christ.

Matthew paints a vivid picture, not only of the welcome of God to the whole world, but also of some foundational truths and risks of true worship.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study and is followed by dinner. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Get Smart Club: Homework help for Elementary and Middle School students, every Tuesday at the Stanton Center 4:00-5:00pm. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Chapel at the Lutheran Mission: A spiritual community for those who serve or receive help from the Lutheran Mission. Every Wednesday at 10am. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • January 6th: “5th” Sunday Potluck.

  • January 11-12: Dinner and overnight at Winter Relief with Bay Ridge Christian Church. Sign Up here and select the date blocked out for Redeemer.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: January 13th.

  • Third Friday Bingo: 7:00-9:00pm January 18 at the Light House. Sign up.

  • Ash Wednesday: The beginning of Lent is March 6th.

Prologue

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Prologue

Whatever else John is going to tell us in his Gospel,  his stunning prologue sets the scene for the story of God and the world, not just the story of one character in one place and time.

 It’s about the creator God acting in a new way within his much-loved creation.

 It's about the way in which the long story that began in Genesis is reaching the climax the creator has always intended.

 And it will all come about through the Word.

 See you Sunday.

 Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • January 6th: “5th” Sunday Potluck.

  • January 11-12: Dinner and overnight at Winter Relief with Bay Ridge Christian Church. Sign Up here and select the date blocked out for Redeemer.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: January 13

Magnificat and a Goal

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Magnificat and a Goal

What would it take to make you celebrate wildly, without inhibition? Whatever it is, you’d probably do things you normally wouldn’t.

 You might dance. You throw a party. You might sing a song. You might even make one up as you went along—probably out of bits of poems and songs you already knew, or maybe by adding your own new words to a great old tune.

Read Mary’s Song like that. (It’s most often called Magnificat, because that’s its first word in Latin.) It’s one of the most famous songs in Christianity. It’s been whispered in monasteries, chanted in cathedrals, recited in small churches by evening candlelight, and set to glorious music by Bach.

It’s the gospel before the gospel, a fierce shout of celebration thirty weeks before Bethlehem, and thirty-three years before Calvary and Easter.

 See you Sunday.

 Steve+

 

A Goal

This Sunday, December 23 is the goal for having all 2019 giving commitments returned. These faith-pledges are essential for planning and fulfilling our mission in the coming year. You can place your Commitment Card in the offering during worship, or pledge electronically here.

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Friday Dec. 21, The Longest Night - Memorial Service for the Homeless: 4:30pm. We join with our neighbors to remember those who have died in our county due to homelessness. Find out more.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

  • January 6th: “5th” Sunday Potluck.

  • January 11-12: Dinner and overnight at Winter Relief with Bay Ridge Christian Church. Sign Up here and select the date blocked out for Redeemer.

Year-End Giving & Caroling on Thursday Night

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Year-End Giving

Lauren and I have been receiving year-end giving appeals for well over a month. Five came in the mail today. All worthwhile.

This is because more than half of all charitable organizations receive a majority of their support in November and December, with the biggest percentage of that coming after December 15th. It’s that time of year.

A majority of Redeemer’s members give very consistently throughout the year. Thank you! But some people do make special year-end gifts. So, if you’re deciding on a year-end gift that will have a lasting impact, I hope you’ll consider giving to Redeemer. You can do so with confidence. All gifts are tax-deductible, and you can give online securely with Tithely at redeemerannapolis.org/giving. Use the pull down and select “Year-End Gift”.

Over the years, the generosity of Redeemer’s congregation has been astounding, and I know most have said No to other important things in order to say Yes to Redeemer’s work. That’s humbling. I feel sincere gratitude for this kind of commitment, and echo the words of the Apostle Paul to the Philippian church: “I thank God in all my remembrance of you.” (Phil. 1:3)

With gratitude,

Steve+

 

2019 Commitments

Sunday, December 23rd is the target for 2019 Giving Commitments. You can place your card in the offering on Sundays, or pledge electronically here.

 

Christmas Caroling at Midnight Madness

Join in for some Christmas Caroling around Downtown Annapolis. Chili and drinks served at 7:30 at Ian’s home above Kilwins at 126a Main Street. Email Ian for any information.

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

Preparing the Way

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Preparing the Way

There were few paved roads in the ancient Near East. Regular people travelled on little more than worn paths in the baked earth. There were no significant bridges or tunnels. You walked around rocks, over hills, and around gullies.

But not the king. When he planned a visit, the first to show up were heralds and engineers to prepare the way. To make crooked places straight and rough places smooth, to fill “valleys” and level “hills”.

 Tearing down and building up to create a “King’s Highway”.

 This is the image John the Baptist uses when he tells those in his day—and us by extension—to “prepare the way of the Lord” as we do in Advent.

 It’s also a pattern embedded in the Scriptures and in the Gospel itself.

 See you Sunday.

 Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: December 9. 100 Lunches for Winter Relief guests.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

Takin’ Care of Business

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Takin’ Care of Business

This Sunday, December 2 is an important day in the life of our church. After worship, we’ll grab a snack and some coffee and reconvene 1130-1230 for our Annual Meeting. It’s important because we’ll celebrate together the goodness of God over the past year, and look ahead to our desires for 2019.

Part of this involves our budget. Like any family or business, it’s foundational to agree on and support our priorities. So, we’ll present our 2019 budget that day and give you the opportunity to ask about it. And as we did last year, we’ll ask you to let us know how you’ll support it (of course, you’ll have some time to think and pray about this!). We’ll also have some activities for the children.

We’d also like to offer you the opportunity to ask any other question you have about Redeemer. And so that we can answer fully, we’d like to know it/them in advance. You can ask any question you’d like by following  this link.

I hope you’ll make being at our Annual Meeting a priority.

Every blessing,

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: December 9. 100 Lunches for Winter Relief guests.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

Big Day

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Big Day

Sunday, December 2 is a big day in the life of our church. After worship, we’ll grab a snack and some coffee and reconvene 1130-1230 for our Annual Church Meeting. It’s important because we’ll celebrate together the goodness of God over the past year, and look ahead to our desires for 2019.

Part of this necessarily involves our budget. Like any family or business, it’s foundational to agree on and support our priorities. So, we’ll present our 2019 budget that day and give you the opportunity to ask about it. And as we did last year, we’ll ask you to let us know how you’ll support it (of course, you’ll have some time to think and pray about this!). We’ll also have some activities for the children.

We’d also like to offer you the opportunity to ask any other question you have about Redeemer. And so that we can answer fully, we’d like to know it/them in advance. You can ask any question you’d like by following  this link.

I hope you’ll make being at our Annual Meeting a priority.

Every blessing,

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: December 9.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Sanctuary Flowers: Advent-Christmas. Sign up here to donate flowers in memory or celebration of someone or something important in your life.

  • Daytime Volunteering: For those who are available during office hours there are some great ways to serve together with the Light House on a consistent basis. Email Ian to get involved. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

Sitting Down

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Sitting Down

Most of us do most of our work sitting down. As I write this now, I’m sitting. Generally when I stand up, my work is finished…or I’ve seen something shiny (and just between you and me, it’s generally the latter). Except maybe for the something shiny, the same’s likely true for you.

It wasn’t necessarily this way in the ancient Near East. Mostly, people stood to work and sat down when their work was finished.

In this week’s Epistle, the writer of Hebrews juxtaposes standing and sitting to communicate something profound about work ongoing and work completed. And in light of that reality, our proper response.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: December 9.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Sanctuary Flowers: Advent-Christmas. Sign up here to donate flowers in memory or celebration of someone or something important in your life.

  • Daytime Volunteering: For those who are available during office hours there are some great ways to serve together with the Light House on a consistent basis. Email Ian to get involved. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

The Why Question & Second Sunday Sandwiches this week

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The Why Question

A friend from the 80s, now a successful executive mentor, had a refrain: "Until you answer the why question, the cost is always too high.”

Simply put, why makes what meaningful.

Nearly anyone who reads this week’s Gospel lesson (The Widow’s Mite) can pretty quickly come up with the what (spoiler alert: sacrificial giving). That’s simple.

But what’s the why? Well, that’s the vital question, isn’t it?

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

Find Redeemer Online

You can like us on Facebook, or follow on Twitter or Instagram. Find out about what’s coming up and learn out our Anglican faith.

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: THIS SUNDAY.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Sanctuary Flowers: Advent-Christmas. We are exploring ways to make our worship more beautiful with flowers for Advent and Christmas and then using the flowers which make our worship beautiful a gift to a neighbor who may need the encouragement. Email Ian to find out more. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Daytime Volunteering: For those who are available during office hours there are some great ways to serve together with the Light House on a consistent basis. Email Ian to get involved. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

By Faith, Falling Back, and Paying Attention

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By Faith

Yesterday was the feast of All Saints which we will observe Sunday.

Why do we do this? To keep before us as examples—with thanksgiving—those who have walked ahead of us exceptionally by faith. It’s something Christians have always done, as it was in Hebrews 11.

We’ll mark the occasion with a beautiful Litany*, and we’ll sing a stirring hymn that will be new to many called “By Faith” by Keith and Kristyn Getty. It will add richness to our singing if you’re familiar with is beforehand. You can listen to it here.

*a series of petitions for use in Christian worship recited by a leader and responded to in a recurring formula by The People.

 

Falling Back

Daylight Saving Time ends Saturday night.

 

Paying Attention

Things we hear all the time—even important things—can become so familiar we stop really paying attention. Think about the last time you were absorbed in what the flight attendant said just before takeoff.

There’s a vital part of Christian liturgy—28 words so important that Jesus said every other word in the Bible hangs from them—the church has repeated week after week almost without exception. Year after year. Decade after decade. For millennia.

Cue the Charlie Brown adult sound.

This week, though, we’re gonna pay attention.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: November 11.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Sanctuary Flowers: Advent-Christmas. We are exploring ways to make our worship more beautiful with flowers for Advent and Christmas and then using the flowers which make our worship beautiful a gift to a neighbor who may need the encouragement. Email Ian to find out more. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Daytime Volunteering: For those who are available during office hours there are some great ways to serve together with the Light House on a consistent basis. Email Ian to get involved. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

The Miracle That Gets Us There

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The Miracle That Gets Us There

Our Gospel Lessons this month have given us the sad story of a rich man who walks away from Jesus sad, and the strange story of James and John asking Jesus whether they can sit at his right and left hand. In these stories something is asked of Jesus which they, for some reason, cannot receive.

But this week Jesus will be asked a question which he can finally answer in the affirmative.

Yet the work he does for this person is not the end of Jesus’ ministry.

I suppose I have often thought that my needs ought to be met, but I do not consider how the answers to my prayers might fit with Jesus’ purpose for the salvation of all the world. Might it be that what I believe about what I need would change, if I kept in mind the direction I am headed?

See you Sunday,

Ian.


New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: November 11.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

Warts and All & Service Day this Saturday

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Warts and All

When Oliver Cromwell was presented with his official portrait in 1656, he angrily rejected it. Thinking it would please him, the court painter had omitted Cromwell’s unsightly facial warts.

“Take it away”, he demanded, “and paint me as I am, warts and all.”

In this week’s Gospel, Mark unabashedly paints Jesus’ disciples warts and all…bent by ambition and jealousy.

Why’d he do this? Mark had a very ancient (and biblical) way of understanding human nature, which actually aligns seamlessly with what Jesus went on to tell them about the upside-down nature of true greatness.

See you Sunday.

Steve+


Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch

Thank to all who have expressed an interest in this upcoming service day! We will be tending to the outside spaces at the Fahnestock home, making it safe and easier to get around in the winter. All the tools we’ll need are already there.

We will begin work at 9am promptly so please arrive early. We will eat lunch at 12pm

The address is:

6440 Elibank Dr.
Elkridge, MD 21075

It takes about 40 minutes to drive there from Annapolis.

Please take a minute to look at the food signup form here to think about bringing breakfast snacks, coffee, or lunch items!

Ian.


New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: November 11.

  • Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch: Saturday October 20 9am-1pm. Sign up.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

Blind Spot & Second Sunday Sandwiches

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Blind Spot

The practical definition of a blind spot is simply, “something you don’t see.”

It’s often quite painful when a blind spot is exposed to us. In fact, it can be grievous. But once it’s been exposed and dealt with, the result can be quite life changing.

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus lovingly exposes a blind spot in an exceptionally successful, powerful, and moral young man—just one thing that’s holding him back (though admittedly, it’s a big one).

But sadly, while its exposure grieves him, it doesn’t quite change him.

See you Sunday.

Steve+



Second Sunday Sandwiches

Get the word out about this wonderful monthly event: Share on facebook and invite your friends!


New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: November 11.

  • Vestry Meeting: 12:30pm October 14.

  • Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch: Saturday October 20 9am-1pm. Sign up.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

Common Ground

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Common Ground

Just last Sunday I was telling a visitor why I value preaching through the lectionary. I said something super cheery like, “I never have to dream up a topic or a passage, because they’re determined by the Church calendar and the cycle we’re in (“Year B” this year). I actually really like that.”

May have spoken too soon. Monday morning I read this week’s Gospel.
So, besides the level ground at the foot of the cross, you and I may have other common ground this week: I

don’t really want to preach this sermon...and I’m betting you don’t really want to hear it.

See you Sunday?

Steve+

Vestry Member Nominations

We’re seeking nominations for one new member of Redeemer’s Vestry. According to our bylaws, the Vestry, along with the Rector, is responsible for the “temporal management and operation of this Congregation.” Vestry meetings are held the second Sunday of each month 12:30-2:30 PM, and members serve a three- year term (this one to begin 1/13/19). Nominees should be baptized Christians who regularly attend worship and are seeking Redeemer’s flourishing by the investment their time, talent, and treasure.

The deadline for nominations is Sunday, October 28...and you can feel free to nominate yourself! Use the connection cards on the Welcome Table, or email steve@redeemerannapolis.org

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: October 14, November 11.

  • Vestry Meeting: 12:30pm October 14.

  • Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch: Saturday October 20 9am-1pm. Sign up.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.


5th Sunday Potluck, Study & Serve, and Reductio ad Absurdum

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Some really good things happening at Redeemer...

5th Sunday Potluck

This Sunday we will gather after worship to share a meal. It’s Redeemer’s 5th Sunday Potluck, and I hope you can join us. Tableware and bottled water will be provided. If you’d like something grapier, feel free to bring a bottle to share. Please sign up to bring a main dish AND a side dish or dessert here.

Seven-week study in the Gospel of Mark

Sundays 8:45-9:45 AM, beginning October 7 Facilitated by Brian Russell and Steve Wishart

Mark’s Gospel is the shortest and sharpest of the early stories about Jesus. It’s believed to be the first of the four Gospels written, and it has all the zip and punch of a quick story that’s meant to grab you by the collar and make you face the truth about Jesus, about God, and about yourself.

We’ll be using N. T. Wright’s “Mark for Everyone” Bible study guide (available on Amazon for $10) for this discussion-based study.

Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch

Saturday October 20 9am-1pm (Rain date: Saturday, October 27)

All are welcome at this family-friendly morning helping our friends Dale and Medora prepare their home for Winter ensuring their property remains safe and accessible in the cold and ice.

You can easily register for either or both of these events here.

Reductio ad Absurdum

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus seemingly offers a fairly extreme way to avoid wrongdoing.

Apparently, if you sufficiently dismember yourself, you won’t be able to take any wrong action. This is, at least, the logic by which Jesus reduces the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees to the absurd.

In their view, the law could be satisfied, and thus goodness attained, if you simply avoided sinning. You’re “right” if you’ve done nothing “wrong.” You could keep from sinning if you simply eliminated the bodily parts that make sinful actions possible. You’d stay out of hell, but you’d roll into heaven a mutilated stump.

Ouch.

See you Sunday.

Steve+