Distracting

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Distracting

Jesus tells a story in this week’s Gospel reading that can seem downright contradictory to, well, everything else he taught.

It commends (not condemns) a dishonest manager and shady master. It praises shrewdness. It seems to imply that one can buy (or bribe) ones way into eternal life.

Admittedly, these details can be quite distracting to us today (and challenging to preach!).

They shouldn't, however, distract us from fundamental underlying truth about Jesus’s favorite subject…which is really the point.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

Upcoming Events

Third Friday Bingo: September 20, 7:00-8:30 PM. We join the residents of the Light House Homelessness Prevention Center for a few rounds of Bingo. Come along! Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org to RSVP.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: October 13 after worship.

Discovery Dinner: Thursday, October 17 , 6:30-8:30 PM. This is an opportunity to meet our Rector and other leaders at Redeemer to share our stories and ask questions. RSVP to steve@redeemerannapolis.org

Church Potluck: Sunday, October 27 after worship.

Ongoing Events & Announcements

Luke For Everyone: Bible Study continues through the Fall on Sundays at 8:45 AM.

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. 

Thursday Evensong: 7:00 PM at 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. 30-40 minute service of Evening Prayer with singing and scripture readings. Food and fellowship follows.

Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

Superlative

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Superlative

We over use superlatives in this country, and most of the time they’re the epitome of hyperbole.

“That’s the best!” Not likely. “This sausage is unbelievable!” No, we’re actually eating it. “Awesome!” And yet, literally no one's in awe.

So, when St. Paul says, “I’m the worst” in this week’s Epistle reading, we assume it’s hyperbole.

Except it’s not. He was.

The amazing thing (see what I did there?) is that he’s also the best.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

PS. Because of our party last Sunday afternoon, Second Sunday Sandwiches will be happening after worship this week, the third Sunday. It’s a movable feast.

 

Upcoming Events

Luke For Everyone: Bible Study resumes September 15 at 8:45 AM.

Third Friday Bingo: September 20, 7:00-8:30 PM. We join the residents of the Light House Homelessness Prevention Center for a few rounds of Bingo. Come along! Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org to RSVP.

Discovery Dinner: September 19, 6:30-8:30 PM. This is an opportunity to meet our Rector and other leaders at Redeemer to share our stories and ask questions. RSVP to steve@redeemerannapolis.org

Second Sunday Sandwiches: September 15 after worship.

Ongoing Events & Announcements

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. 

Thursday Evensong: 7:00 PM at 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. 30-40 minute service of Evening Prayer with singing and scripture readings. Food and fellowship follows.

Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

The Call

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The Call

The English word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare and means “to call”, or “calling”.

The reformers argued strenuously that every believer in Christ has two callings, or vocations. A primary vocation: discipleship (the cost of which Jesus describes in this week’s Gospel reading). From that flows a secondary vocation: the call to God’s service primarily through ones day-to-day-work.

For some, including both students and educators, that secondary vocation is worked out largely in colleges, universities, public and private schools, and the home.

As we embark on a new academic year, we’re going to explore our common primary vocation, and also honor those who are specifically Called to the Classroom.

After worship, we’re going to have a party. We’ll provide the burgers and dogs, drinks (still and carbonated water)*, and table service. We need you to furnish side dishes and desserts (please sign up here). There will be some fun activities for everyone...a lot of really good stuff for children, mainly corn hole and eating for adults.

Hope to see you Sunday.

Steve+

*You’re welcome to bring something else to drink if you’d like, but please make it soft. Our gracious hosts have requested that there be no alcohol consumed on site.

 

Upcoming Events

Luke For Everyone: Bible Study resumes September 15 at 8:45 AM.

Third Friday Bingo: September 20, 7:00-8:30 PM. We join the residents of the Light House Homelessness Prevention Center for a few rounds of Bingo. Come along! Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org to RSVP.

Discovery Dinner: September 19, 6:30-8:30 PM. This is an opportunity to meet our Rector and other leaders at Redeemer to share our stories and ask questions. RSVP to steve@redeemerannapolis.org

Second Sunday Sandwiches: September 15 after worship.

Ongoing Events & Announcements

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. 

Thursday Evensong: 7:00 PM at 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. 30-40 minute service of Evening Prayer with singing and scripture readings. Food and fellowship follows.

Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

All About The Cook-Out & Called to the Classroom

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All About The Cook-Out & Called to the Classroom

On Sunday, September 8 we are excited to celebrate and pray with our friends who are students or educators and hang out afterwards for a cook-out. There are three ways you can help make this event happen:

  1. If you are a student or serve in the world of education, come along on September 8th and pray with us for God to be glorified in your teaching and learning.

  2. If you are not, come along on September 8th and pray with us for God to be glorified in their teaching and learning.

  3. Take a look at the Perfect Potluck page and bring a side and/or outdoor game. One particular request is for a corn hole set. There will be a bounce-house for our younger members.

  4. Share the event on Facebook and invite people. A cook-out always has too much food. I simply do not have the refrigerator space for dozens and dozens of spare hotdogs, so please do bring friends. Worship is from 10:00am-11:30am. After that will be the cook-out, and of course people are welcome to come to one thing and not the other.

We are very excited to greet the new (academic) year with a celebration and some good food and fun. If you have any questions please reach out to ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

See you Sunday,

Ian.

 

Upcoming Events

Called to the Classroom: September 8, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM. A service of thanksgiving and commissioning for all students and educators with a  cook-out after worship.

Luke For Everyone: Bible Study resumes September 15 at 8:45 AM.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: September 15 after worship.

Discovery Dinner: September 19, 6:30-8:30 PM. This is an opportunity to meet our Rector and other leaders at Redeemer to share our stories and ask questions. RSVP to steve@redeemerannapolis.org

Ongoing Events & Announcements

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. 

Thursday Evensong: 7:00 PM at 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. 30-40 minute service of Evening Prayer with singing and scripture readings. Food and fellowship follows.

Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

Reorienting

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Reorienting

Finding oneself in the center of a new and unfamiliar major city can be disorienting.

On a recent visit to San Francisco, a hotel concierge gave some “simple” directions from the hotel to the Embarcadero where we could catch a trolly to Fisherman’s Wharf. Unfortunately, a lot of the streets in that city run diagonally, and apparently AT&T isn’t a major network player on the West Coast, so soon, despite deploying our smartphones, we were four adults simply wandering to and fro with no sense of north, south, east, or what we really needed, west.

This week’s Epistle reading from Hebrew’s 12, points to a new and unfamiliar (and fairly major!) city we are promised, and which according to this passage, we are already citizens. It’s so full of exciting and welcoming features that we might find it at first bewildering and overwhelming. In a word, disorienting.

But ultimately, looking forward to this city ought to have exactly the opposite effect.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

Upcoming Events

Called to the Classroom: September 8, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM. A service of thanksgiving and commissioning for all students and educators with a  cook-out after worship.

Luke For Everyone: Bible Study resumes September 15 at 8:45 AM.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: September 15 after worship.

Discovery Dinner: September 19, 6:30-8:30 PM. This is an opportunity to meet our Rector and other leaders at Redeemer to share our stories and ask questions. RSVP to steve@redeemerannapolis.org

Ongoing Events & Announcements

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. 

Thursday Evensong: 7:00 PM at 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. 30-40 minute service of Evening Prayer with singing and scripture readings. Food and fellowship follows.

Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

The Local Mission Edition

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The Local Mission Edition

The dream of Redeemer has always been to promote and proclaim the Gospel; giving ever more time, talent, and treasure to seeking the flourishing of our neighbors.

It is clear that all of us have unique ways of responding to this dream particular to who we are and where we are in life. However as a church we have committed to a few ways we can share this dream in visible moments of ministry and witness.

  1. Third Friday Bingo: Friday at 7:00-8:30pm at 10 Hudson St, Annapolis. We are invited to spend time with those who are currently staying at the Light House Homeless Prevention Center, sharing pizza and playing rounds of Bingo. When we give of ourselves in this way encourage this community of people fighting to overcome significant obstacles, that their companionship and friendship matters to us, and as visible members of the Church, matters to God. Email Ian to let us know you’re coming and find out more information.

  2. Second Sunday Sandwiches: This month moved to the third Sunday (this Sunday), and will happen right after worship. We give our time to prepare lunches for those who are in need of them, and in solidarity we will share the same lunch. In so doing we lessen the burdens felt by others who live with significant food insecurity and enable them to focus on those things they need to do for their flourishing.

  3. Called to the Classroom: Sunday, September 8, 10am-1pm. Many members of our community are students or educators, devoting their energies to shape and be shaped by big ideas and new skills. We want to stand with them and support their calling by praying together and celebrating with a cook-out. You can help by bringing a Cornhole set. We will also be sharing a signup for sides and desserts closer to the big day.

  4. Food Bank: Our hosts, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, run a monthly food bank. You can serve by bringing tinned and non-perishable foods. There is a tub in the lobby where these items can be left.

It is my pleasure and privilege to share these opportunities with you all, as they are a reflection of your commitment to the ministry of Redeemer as a force for the public good, as a flourishing community which desires the flourishing of others for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Ian.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Third Friday Bingo: August 16, 7:00-8:30 PM.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: Moved to August 18, after worship.

  • Called to the Classroom: September 8, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM. A service of thanksgiving and commissioning for all students and educators with a  cook-out after worship.

  • Discovery Dinner: September 19, 6:30-8:30 PM. This is an opportunity to meet our Rector and other leaders at Redeemer to share our stories and ask questions. RSVP to steve@redeemerannapolis.org

Ongoing Events & Announcements

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. 

Thursday Evensong: 7:00 PM at 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. 30-40 minute service of Evening Prayer with singing and scripture readings. Food and fellowship follows.

Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

How We Worshipped This Week

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How We Worshipped This Week

Last Sunday Fr. Steve asked us to share what we do at 10am during our week. We believe that when we contribute to the good ordering of all things, whatever we do is pleasing to God because it furthers his mission of bringing about the goodness, order, and flourishing of all that he has made.

Take a look in at the photographs (you don’t need a Facebook account to see them!). Some of these things are mundane and some are more eye-catching and exciting, yet all are ways our community serves the purposes of God by loving our neighbors and stewarding the gifts of God’s good creation.

Many of of are about to begin another Academic year, and we want to pray for those who learn and those who educate others, so that they may be assured that what they are doing also participates in God’s good purposes for his world.

September 8 we will be laying hands on those who are about to start another year and afterward we will be having a cook-out. We would also love to share this day with any others who teach or study, so please do pass the invitation on.

See you Sunday,

Ian.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Redeemer Vestry: Sunday, 12:30-2:30 PM.

  • Third Friday Bingo: August 16, 7:00-8:30 PM.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: Moved to August 18, after worship.

  • Called to the Classroom: September 8, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM. A service of thanksgiving and commissioning for all students and educators with a  cook-out after worship.

  • Discovery Dinner: September 19, 6:30-8:30 PM. This is an opportunity to meet our Rector and other leaders at Redeemer to share our stories and ask questions. RSVP to steve@redeemerannapolis.org

Ongoing Events & Announcements

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. 

Thursday Evensong: 7:00 PM at 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. 30-40 minute service of Evening Prayer with singing and scripture readings. Food and fellowship follows.

Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.


#thisisworship

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#thisisworship

Work. Worship. Service. Ministry. Art. Five threads in a seamless cloth labeled avodah in the Old Testament.

But most people don’t see it that way. Sunday and Monday are disconnected; they lack integrity. So, most Christians don’t wake up Monday morning and think, “this is worship.” Yet, this is not how it ought to be. What we do Monday morning at 10 is no less holy than what we do Sunday morning at 10. It’s different, but no less holy. You can hear more about that here.

Please join us in our #thisisworship project. Take a picture of where you are at 10:00 this morning and text it to me at (410) 353-5748. Include your name.

Steve+

Meaningless

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Meaningless

In the first verses of Ecclesiastes “The Preacher” makes his sobering thesis statement: the world is riddled through with vanity, futility, and frustration. Human beings, struggling to find meaning, instead meet meaninglessness at every turn. Even the very thing we were created for has become a pejorative four-letter word.

The best we can do is make the best of what comes.

Sound at all familiar? It should, because it’s been the nearly constant refrain almost from the beginning.

But what if beginning to move from meaningless to meaning is as simple as reframing things from an even older and mostly forgotten perspective?

I believe it is.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

News & Announcements

  • Third Friday Bingo: Today July 19, 7-8:30 PM at the Light House Homeless Prevention Center in Annapolis. Come along or donate (select Local Mission from the drop down). Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org for more information.

  • 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. 

  • Evensong: A reverent service of Evening Prayer every Thursday at 7 PM. 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby. 

  • Redeemer Vestry: August 11, 12:30-2:30 PM.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: Moved to August 18, after worship.

Virtuous Impudence

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Virtuous Impudence

In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray and says that those who pray should be like someone knocking at their friend’s door in the dead of night, not leaving until they have received what they ask.

Are we too easily discouraged in our prayers? Have had prayers unanswered for lack of asking?

Let us hear our Lord’s teaching and persist! Let us rouse our best, our heavenly friend, and stir him to bless us even in the dead nights our our souls.

And let us also persist in beseeching our Lord for the sake of our neighbors nearby and around the world. May we be like the impudent friend banging at the door of heaven, not leaving until we have our answer.

See you Sunday,

Ian.

 

News & Announcements

  • Third Friday Bingo: Today July 19, 7-8:30 PM at the Light House Homeless Prevention Center in Annapolis. Come along or donate (select Local Mission from the drop down). Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org for more information.

  • 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. 

  • Evensong: A reverent service of Evening Prayer every Thursday at 7 PM. 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby. 

  • Redeemer Vestry: August 11, 12:30-2:30 PM.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: Moved to August 18, after worship.

Slightly Distorted

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Slightly Distorted

I own a pair of expensive prescription sunglasses that aren’t quite right. Can’t tell you exactly how they’re wrong, but the lenses ever so slightly distort my periphery and if I wear them long enough, give me headaches.

Conscience is the lens through which we perceive reality, and we can see in Scripture three ways an otherwise healthy conscience can be distorted, or bent: inward, outward, and if far enough in either direction, shattered.

This week’s Gospel reading—a story of Martha, Mary, Messiah, and manipulation—is a case study in how a conscience slightly distorted shows itself in the warp and woof of life.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

News & Announcements

  • Third Friday Bingo: Today July 19, 7-8:30 PM at the Light House Homeless Prevention Center in Annapolis. Come along or donate (select Local Mission from the drop down). Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org for more information.

  • 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. 

  • Evensong: A reverent service of Evening Prayer every Thursday at 7 PM. 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis. Email ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby. 

  • Redeemer Vestry: August 11, 12:30-2:30 PM.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: Moved to August 18, after worship.

Four Steps into Local Mission

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Four Steps into Local Mission

This Sunday we will hear in the Gospel how Jesus answers the question “Who is my neighbor?”. In the parable, Jesus tells the inquirer that it is those who show mercy to those in need who prove to be true neighbors to those they meet.

We are a church with a variety of organized opportunities to live out the neighborliness to which we are called:

  1. Second Sunday Sandwiches: Stay after worship this Sunday as we make 100 lunches to be given away through the Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center. We have been partnering with them for over a year now and this has been a wonderful way to begin serving our nearest neighbors who are experiencing homelessness or significant hardship.

  2. Third Friday Bingo: Flowing out of the trust we have gained from our faithfulness with making lunches, we have been invited to build closer friendships with the Light House residents through a monthly Bingo Night. This is a family-friendly opportunity to share with our neighbors an evening of good company and hospitality. You can join in by coming along from 7-8:30pm on July 19. Email Ian to sign up. You can also donate towards the cost of the gift card prizes and hospitality. Go here, click “Give”, and select “Local Mission” from the dropdown to donate.

  3. The Seventh Day Adventist Food Bank: Our hosts provide a Food Bank on the Third Saturday each month. Please consider bringing non-perishable foods to help stock their pantry this Sunday. You can bring things like canned goods; granola bars; dried pasta or noodles; jars of sauce; and canned meat and vegetables.

  4. The Appalachia Service Project: Earlier this Summer a team from Redeemer served with ASP as they provided new build houses for people in unsafe dwellings in Johnson City, TN. This Sunday there will be an opportunity to hear the testimonies from this trip and learn how to get involved in this work next time around.

Our dream is to promote and proclaim the Gospel; giving ever more time, talent, and treasure to seeking the flourishing of our neighbors. It is clear that we are all in our own ways finding how we will fulfill this call in our work, families, and vocations.

These Local Mission opportunities are a part of the life of our Church and bring us together in visible witness for the sake of the Gospel, because when we the people of God serve together we are thereby enabled to show forth God’s love and express God’s welcome into his family.

See you Sunday,

Ian.

A Prayer for Independence Day

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A Prayer for Independence Day

Lord God Almighty,

We come to you today as our forebears have come to you in times past, celebrating our history and humbly rejoicing in the many great things you have allowed our nation to achieve. On this day we exult in the favor you have so graciously given.

We thank you for the blessings of liberty, for this generation and for the generations to come.

We thank you for all those who have bravely given their lives in the defense of freedom and justice, and for those who willingly stand in harm’s way.

We thank you for your gracious and provident hand that has given so much.

Yet as a nation and people we have not always chosen the right way. We ask you to forgive us for these times, and we lay our lives before you. Make us a generous people, a holy nation, a people set aside to love you forever, for the sake of this land, and all the peoples and nations of this world.

We do not presume your grace for our country. Our land is in need of you, our people are in need of you, our industry and business are in need of you. May we look only to you this Independence Day, wholly dependent on you.

Please come now by your glorious Holy Spirit, breathe life into the sinews of this nation. May justice flow like rivers, and righteousness like a never-failing stream, until the whole of this land is covered with your glory, as the waters cover the sea.

We ask all this in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. One God, now and forever.

Amen.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

News & Announcements

  • 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: July 14 following worship.

  • Redeemer Vestry: Sunday, July 14, 12:30-2:30 PM.

  • Third Friday Bingo: July 19, 7:00-8:30 PM. Once per month we play bingo with the residents of the Light House at their location 10 Hudson Street, Annapolis. All are welcome to come along to this family-friendly social event. If you cannot make it you can also donate towards the gift card prizes and hospitality costs: Go here to give and select ‘Local Mission’.

  • Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

Settling In

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Settling In

We’ve been at 1996 Generals Hwy for just two weeks, and it’s already feeling a little like home. Here are a few things you ought to be aware of:

  • Parking. There are upper and lower parking lots.

    • If you find a space in the upper lot, great! Enter through the main doors on the patio. Coffee’s right there, the nursery (through 3-years-old) is the first door on the right, the Sanctuary’s the second.

    • If you park in the lower lot, walk toward the main driveway and ascend the steps on the left. The glass door at the top of the stairs will put you in the main hallway. The Sanctuary’s straight ahead.

  • Seating. You may have noticed that space in the Sanctuary can get tight. In deference to visitors (and we’ve had a lot lately...one last Sunday simply because she saw the signs at the driveway entrance and thought, “Anglicans? With wavy flag signs? What the heck, I’ll give it a try”. Seriously), please consider arriving a bit early, sitting toward the front and filling up rows as much as possible. This will help ensure that any later arriving visitors don’t have to do a perp walk church equivalent.

  • Serving. It takes 14 volunteers to make Sundays happen.

    •  We’re in real need of volunteers to help make this space our own each week. Setup/Teardown arrives at 8:45 AM and requires a little lifting and some stairs; Sacristan (the person who sets The Lord’s Table) arrives at 9:15; and our Coffee Ambassador arrives at 9:15. All three of these positions have a little work after worship as well.

    • We also need Children’s Leaders, Greeters, Readers, Prayer Leaders, and Musicians.

    •  If you can serve in any of these areas one time a month or so, please let Ian Burgess know.

  • 5th Sunday Potluck postponed. With all the changes recently and us still settling in, the Fifth Sunday Potluck scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed till August, even though it doesn’t have a fifth Sunday. Semper Gumby (Latin for, “always flexible”).

  • Food Pantry. Annapolis SDA hosts a food pantry the third Saturday of every month. Let’s help them with this. Bring any non-perishable food items and leave them in the bin in the lobby.

  • New Mailing Address: 209 West Street, Suite 201, Annapolis, MD 21401

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

News & Announcements

  • Luke for Everyone: Continues through June 30, then picks up again in September, 8:45-9:45AM Sundays.

  • 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: July 14 following worship.

  • Redeemer Vestry: Sunday, July 14, 12:30-2:30 PM.

  • Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

  • Recycling: If you’re not taking your bulletin home with you, please deposit it in the recycling bin when leaving the Sanctuary.

Pick It Up and Follow

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Pick It Up and Follow

Have you ever paid to use Google? Or Facebook? How about access the wifi at your favorite coffee shop? Our lives are full of services we use for which we pay nothing. On other hand you probably paid for the device upon which you are reading this email. Our lives are full of things we have paid for.

We are used to paying for goods, and we are used to services which ask nothing of us (except access to our personal data so they can sell that information to advertisers!).

The Gospel we Christians proclaim is the free gift of God’s reconciling welcome to all people.

The Gospel we Christians proclaim is the bearing of our crosses in the footsteps of Jesus.

Well, which is it?

Is it a free gift, or is it a costly journey?

Let’s find out together as we explore the Scriptures for this Sunday.

Ian.

 

News & Announcements

  • Appalachia Service Project—Please pray for our team in Johnson City, TN this week: Doug Gillikin, Barnabas Holleran, Ian Burgess, Dan Worth, Temple Worth, Hannah Worth, Cordelia Worth, Lauren Wishart, Steve Wishart.

  • Luke for Everyone: Continues through June 30, then picks up again in September, 8:45-9:45AM Sundays.

  • 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.

  • Fifth Sunday Potluck: Next Sunday, June 30.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: July 14 following worship.

  • Redeemer Vestry: Sunday, July 14, 12:30-2:30 PM.

  • Food Bank: Annapolis SDA hosts a community food bank every third Saturday, and we can help. Non- perishable foods of all kinds are needed. You can leave your contributions in the “Food Bank” tub in the lobby.

  • Recycling: If you’re not taking your bulletin home with you, please deposit it in the recycling bin when leaving the Sanctuary.

The Need to Explain & First Sunday in Our New Home

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The Need to Explain

The Athanasian Creed—one of  three creeds universally received by the Church—describes the nature of the Trinity as “incomprehensible” and its members “incomprehensibles”. These are apt, and pretty much simply accepted by the Church since its beginning.

Until modern times. We don’t deal with mystery well. We need to explain.

Which has led to some contemporary analogies you’ve probably heard: water, egg, three-leaf clover. But don’t use them. Ever.

This Sunday—Trinity Sunday—we’ll look a some important reasons why. These, at least, won’t be incomprehensible. I hope.

See you then in our new home.

Steve+

 

Our New Home

This week will be our first Sunday in our new location, at 1996 Generals Hwy, Annapolis, 21401. This new location gives us plenty of room to accommodate our growing congregation and some better facilities of our children’s formation. If you are able to, please try to arrive early so you can feel more acquainted with our new space and welcome any guests who may join us.

Redeemer Is Moving!

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Redeemer Is Moving!

This Sunday will be our last in the Hartcorn Studio, and the next week, June 16th our first in our new home, Annapolis Seventh Day Adventist Church. Thanks be to God.

Annapolis SDA is a warm, hospitable congregation generously sharing their attractive and welcoming building on a beautiful, hilly property at 1996 Generals Highway, just north of the mall. The sanctuary is light and airy, and there’s some space for us to grow, especially in our ministry to children.

The time of our worship service will remain the same—10AM—with our Adult Study continuing to meet 8:45-9:45AM.

There’s lots to be done, and there are some things you can do to help:

  • Write a thank you note to David Hartcorn and his staff. It’s demanding and inconvenient to have a business entirely disrupted every week.  Additionally, it’s not a space designed for dozens and dozens of people to gather on a weekly basis, so it shows wear. Redeemer has been the beneficiary of patience and kindness for years, and the studio’s been a really good place to grow. We have very fond memories and have made many friends there. It’s also been a significant place of worship for us. We ought to be thankful.

  • Join us this Sunday…and stay after worship to help. If we all pitch in, we can be moved out in a jiffy. There will be little heavy lifting, and everyone can participate.

  • Gather with us Thursday evening, June 13th for an informal open house and Vespers at 7PM. And if you can be there a few minutes early (like, say, 6:30), we’ll be moving our stuff in.

  • If you give by check through the mail, please note our new mailing address effective immediately: Redeemer Anglican Church, 209 West Street, Suite 201, Annapolis, MD 21401.

I think that’s it for the move, but there is one more very important thing you can do:

  • Pray for Ian! Due to a technical issue with his visa, what started out as a week of vacation to his home in England has turned into some additional weeks of exile from his adopted home as the issue is sorted out. He’s a vital part of Redeemer, and we will miss him. He really wants to be here with us, too.

See you Sunday as we celebrate Pentecost.

Steve+

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity?

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No Such Thing as Bad Publicity?

The quotation, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” is attributed to Phineas T. Barnum, the unforgettable 19th century American circus owner and showman. Barnum was s self-promoter of the first order and never, ever missed an opportunity to present however, whatever he was selling to the public.

Faced with some free publicity of his own in Acts 16, however, St. Paul would apparently disagree. And when he powerfully shuts it down in Jesus’ name, it gets him beaten and thrown into a dank Philippian jail.

And that’s where the story gets really powerful.

See you Sunday.
Steve+

 

News & Announcements

  • 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.

  • Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug Gillikin DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: June 9th.

  • Fifth Sunday Potluck: June 29th

...From your finger-tips!

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Spread the word about Redeemer

…from your finger-tips!

The number one way people find our church is by searching online.

But when was the last time you went to a new restaurant or business without first checking the reviews? We want to invite people to join in with our exciting life of worship and loving service so that we can give evermore time, talent, and treasure to seeking the flourishing of our neighbors.

You can help people feel welcome and included in our church long before they step foot through the door by writing a reflection on the things you find compelling about our community and the things we have done together recently.

Please spend a couple of minutes spreading the word today!

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News & Announcements

  • 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.

  • Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug Gillikin DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: June 9th.

  • Fifth Sunday Potluck: June 29th

Confirmations

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Confirmations

Bishop Julian joins us this Sunday for Confirmations!

At its most basic, Confirmation refers to the rite in which, after a believer has been baptized, they make a mature commitment to the faith, and receive an increased gifting of the Holy Spirit through the bishop’s prayer, laying on of hands, and anointing.

The ACNA Catechism puts it beautifully. When asked, “What grace does God give you in confirmation?” the response is, “In confirmation, God strengthens the work of the Holy Spirit in me for his daily increase in my Christian life and ministry.”

After worship, we’ll share some refreshment, then spend some time getting to know +Julian better in a brief presentation and some Q&A. We’ll have something special for children during this time as well. We plan to finish by 12:30.

It’s a day to celebrate.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

News & Announcements

  • 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.

  • Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug Gillikin DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: June 9th.

  • Fifth Sunday Potluck: June 29th