A Call to Prayer & Bingo Night Tonight

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A Call to Prayer

As most of you know, Redeemer has effectively outgrown its current facility. Thanks be to God! This was obvious to Bishop Julian on his last visit, and he encouraged us to begin looking for another suitable place to meet. The Vestry and I agreed, and began an informal search. Our lease, which expires at the end of June 2019, will not be renewed for a variety of reasons.  God is giving us the push out of the nest we need! 

Informal has suddenly and urgently become formal. We must find another place to meet, and soon. This is a significant and daunting task that is simultaneously full of possibilities.

To be candid, there are some other places (mostly well outside the city), and/or times (afternoons or evenings) we could meet, but my deep desire is to keep meeting on Sunday mornings if possible, and because of our mission to the city, in Annapolis. I genuinely believe we are called to it for Jesus’ sake.

What I'm finding, however, is that given these parameters this simply isn’t going to happen by human desire or ingenuity.  But it can happen by the power and strength of Almighty God, to whom nothing is impossible. And that, I believe, only through bold and consistent prayer in faith on our part.

Therefore, I’m asking you to join me.

Would you set a reminder for every day at noon through the remainder of Lent to pray? It doesn’t have to be long, but please make it bold and pray in faith. Here’s what I’m praying:

  • That a place—maybe one we’ve never considered—be opened to us Sunday mornings in Annapolis and within our current budget (or free!)

  • That is be aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for worship

  • That it have space to grow, and storage, and great space for children’s ministry

  • That we’d all keep our hearts, ears, and eyes open to whatever opportunities the Lord might present

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6

BINGO!

We’re still in need of a few volunteers for Third Friday Bingo at Light House this evening 7-8:30 PM. It’s great fun. Email Ian if you can help.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

News & Announcements

  • Thursday Stations of the Cross: Every Thursday in Lent, 7-8pm at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. 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.

  • Suggested Lenten devotional: Lent with the Desert Fathers by Thomas McKenzie. Available here.

  • Adult Confirmation Class: Sundays in Lent, 8:45-9:45am.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: April 14.

  • Third Friday Bingo: March 15th, 7:00-9:00pm at the Light House. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

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

The Matter of Our Story

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The Matter of Our Story

In a book published posthumously, C. S. Lewis wrote, “The matter of our story should be a part of the habitual furniture of our minds.”

Our story, especially the chapters that have shaped us most profoundly, should be recalled and retold until they are as familiar and comfortable to us as our favorite chair…the one we sit in habitually. You know the one.

Amazingly, this week’s Old Testament lesson says the same thing.

Second Sunday Sandwiches

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we make our thousandth—yes, thousandth—lunch for our homeless neighbors and share a meal together.

Daylight Saving Time

DST begins Saturday night (or more accurately, Sunday morning at 2:00 AM). Despite the cold this week, spring ahead! Yay.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

News & Announcements

  • Thursday Stations of the Cross: Every Thursday in Lent, 7-8pm at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. 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.

  • Suggested Lenten devotional: Lent with the Desert Fathers by Thomas McKenzie. Available here.

  • Adult Confirmation Class: Begins Sundays in Lent, 8:45-9:45am.

  • The Wiz: AACS Spring Musical, March 1, 2, 8, 9. Tickets here.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: This Sunday

  • Vestry Meeting: This Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm

  • Third Friday Bingo: March 15th, 7:00-9:00pm at the Light House. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

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

Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow, clergy around the world will draw a cross-shaped smudge of dark black ashes on the foreheads of millions of people. It’s the ancient rite of The Imposition of Ashes that signals the beginning of Lent. The words that accompany the ‘imposition’ on Ash Wednesday are simple, sober, and true. 

All God’s people. All races and nations and tribes from all ages and stages of life come to remember the stark reality of death and dust: Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.

After this solemn reminder of our mortality, the congregation reads Psalm 51 together. This is the confession of David after he was confronted by Nathan. Candidly, the written instructions for the choirmaster of Israel for this Psalm are embarrassing, and we don’t generally read them: To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

The sin for which we need forgiveness would be embarrassing, too, if it were made as public as David’s. But regardless of whether our sin is secret or notorious, private or public, we join David in this one thing: We are dust and to dust we shall all return.

There’s no escaping it.

 It’s not at all happy-clappy, but there’s immense hope in it, too. Because we’re more than dust in the wind. Much more. Gloriously much more.

And that’s precisely where Lent is headed.

The Prayer Book says that we all go down to the dust and yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Why? Easter. As with Jesus, God will give us new bodies, resurrected bodies, glorious bodies, honorable bodies; not made of the earth or dust, but of heaven.

St. Paul wrote: As was the man of dust (Adam), so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven (Jesus), so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:47-48)

In other words, one day, when all the dust settles, we will be made like him. O Happy Day! What begins with dust, ends with glory.

I genuinely hope you’ll join us as we begin practicing a holy Lent together tomorrow, 7PM at the studio.

Steve+

Confirmation

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Confirmation

During the Season of Lent, which begins next week, Redeemer will offer a Confirmation Class (Sundays, 8:45-9:45 AM) to all just curious about, or seriously considering this step of faith.

Confirmation, following the instruction, or catechesis, it requires, is the service in which believers in Jesus Christ make a personal and public profession of their faith. In Confirmation, the Bishop lays hands on and prays for the filling and daily increase of the Holy Spirit in those making this profession, as the Apostles did with baptized believers in the New Testament (2 Timothy 1:6-7; Acts 8:14-17; 19:6).

Bishop Julian will be with us for Confirmations Sunday, May 19th.

I genuinely hope you’ll consider attending this exceptional and enriching study covering The Lord’s Prayer, The Ten Commandments, The Apostles’ Creed, the Sacraments, and our Liturgy. Even if you make the decision to not be Confirmed you will grow in your faith. You can find out more about it by emailing Pastoral Assistant, Ian Burgess here.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

News & Annoucements

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

  • Thursday Stations of the Cross: Every Thursday in Lent, 7-8pm at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. 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.

  • The Wiz: AACS Spring Musical, March 1, 2, 8, 9. Tickets here.

  • Maryland March for Life: March 4th, 4:30-9:30pm. Starts at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Duke of Gloucester St.

  • Ash Wednesday: 7:00pm March 6th, 98 Edgewood Avenue.

  • Adult Confirmation Class: Begins Sunday March 10th at 8:45am. ian@redeemerannapolis.org

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: March 10th

  • Third Friday Bingo: March 15th, 7:00-9:00pm at the Light House. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

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

Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter

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Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter

One of my flight students is just finishing up preparation for his commercial pilot check ride. That check ride with the FAA is a really big moment for him, because his life’s desire is to fly for the airlines. Before that happens, however, he’s got some work to do, which is where I come in (cue maniacal laughter). He’ll do it gladly, though, because nothing in flying beats the joy of being well prepared for that moment.

The fact is, preparing for anything meaningful takes effort.

We are on the cusp of one of the most important times of preparation in the Christian year: Lent. A season of preparation for the most joyous of celebrations: the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter morning.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6th. We will gather at The Studio that evening at 7. The ashes from last year’s dried-and-burned Palm Sunday palms will be imposed on our foreheads to remind us that is from dust we came and to dust we shall return. No getting around that reality.

Contrary to some popular perception, the purpose of Lent is not punishment. Jesus took all of that on the cross. We don’t participate in Lent because we must. No one can (or should) make you observe Lent. You don’t get extra points with God. Lent isn’t even about becoming a better person. That isn’t in our control, and only pride allows us to believe otherwise. No, Lent is about laying down some of our defenses and giving ourselves an opportunity to be formed—or prepared—by God.

Many people give up something meaningful during the season of Lent. Many also add something meaningful. Lauren and I are going to add a daily devotional called Lent with the Desert Fathers. You ought to consider it, too. You can buy it on Amazon here.

We’ll sharpen our Lenten preparation by observing The Stations of the Cross every Thursday, 7PM at the Pip Moyer Center in Annapolis.

We’ll then observe the Easter Triduum—Maundy ThursdayGood Friday, and Easter Vigil—at the Studio during Holy Week.

Then, we’ll gather on Easter Sunday morning to celebrate the miracle that changed everything: the resurrection of Jesus.

I don’t guarantee much, but this I can…prepare yourself well, and you will experience the joy of Resurrection as you never have.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

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.

  • Maryland March for Life: March 4th, 4:30-9:30pm. Starts at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Duke of Gloucester St.

  • Ash Wednesday: 7:00pm March 6th, 98 Edgewood Avenue.

  • Stations of the Cross: Every Thursday in Lent. Begins March 7th at the Pip Moyer Center. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

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

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: March 10th

  • Third Friday Bingo: March 15th, 7:00-9:00pm at the Light House. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

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

From 'Helping' to Loving

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From ‘Helping’ to Loving

Last Sunday we made our 900th lunch to be distributed through The Light House. We also heard from Erik, who invited us to consider joining an Open Table, which is a 12 month mentoring program supporting someone who is leaving homelessness. He asked us to consider joining him for one hour per week for one year with one person who is ready to turn their life around.

If you are interested in hearing more, email me to be put in touch with Erik.

Today a team of people will be spending their evening playing Bingo with residents of The Light House. While our time and effort in making lunches serves many people, what is more transformative is our relationships. Our Lord calls his people to love others as he has loved them. Spending time playing Bingo is an important first step toward the kinds of relationships with our neighbors through which God’s love can be made manifest.

There’s still time to join in! 6:30-9:00pm today. Email me to find out more.

See you Sunday,

Ian.

 

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.

  • Third Friday Bingo: February 15, 7:00-9:00pm at the Light House. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Maryland March for Life: March 4th, 4:30-9:30pm. Starts at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Duke of Gloucester St.

  • Ash Wednesday: 7:00pm March 6th, 98 Edgewood Avenue.

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

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

Second Sunday Sandwiches & A Guest

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Second Sunday Sandwiches & A Guest

Our relationship with the incredible work of The Light House has grown significantly since we began making lunches for them in June last year. We began a social night playing Bingo (come and join in February 15 7-9pm) which is a great opportunity to get to know the residents.

There is a growing community who want to journey with a person leaving homelessness as they make decisions which will lead them to an independent and prosperous life. This Sunday we’ll hear from a friend who is committed to doing this good work and will be inviting us to consider how we can play a part.

We are a church filled with amazingly gifted people who have so much to contribute to their neighborhoods. As we make lunches together, let us consider the ways we might step up to give of ourselves for the sake of others, that all people may live a life which reflects the dignity and purpose God has for them.

See you Sunday,

Ian.

 

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.

  • Luke For Everyone: Begins February 3. Register here.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: February 10th.

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

  • Third Friday Bingo: February 15, 7:00-9:00pm at the Light House. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Ash Wednesday: 7:00pm March 6th, 98 Edgewood Avenue.

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

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

Bible Study in Luke begins this Sunday

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Luke For Everyone

This week we are excited to begin a study hour with N.T. Wright’s Luke For Everyone. RSVP here and purchase your copy of the guide.

This group will meet 8:45am-9:45am February 3-March 3.

See you Sunday,

Steve +

 

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.

  • Luke For Everyone: Begins February 3. Register here.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: February 10th.

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

  • Third Friday Bingo: February 15, 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.

Luke For Everyone Beginning Sunday, February 3

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Luke For Everyone Beginning Sunday, February 3

The very first time someone stood up in public to tell people about Jesus, it was very clear: this message is for everyone.

The Gospel of Luke—which we’ll be reading together in this cycle of the lectionary*—is one of the most accessible and thorough writings in early Christianity. He tells us that he had had a chance to stand back from the extraordinary events that had been going on, to talk to the people involved, to read some earlier writings, and to write his own very full version so that everyone could know the truth about the things having to do with Jesus.

And as a way to help everyone know it better, we're offering a companion study through Luke’s Gospel beginning Sunday, February 3rd. Facilitated by Brian Russell, Luke for Everyone will be exceptional, and I believe it will help you know the truth about the things having to do with Jesus better.

I sincerely hope you’ll join us. You can register and purchase the study guide here.

Every blessing,

Steve+

*Our readings from the Bible every Sunday or Holy Day are arranged in a three-year lectionary which is centered on the three Synoptic Gospels (readings from John are also placed in the lectionary at various times). Year A is Matthew, Year B is Mark, and Year C is Luke. The cycle of readings runs from Advent through Christ the King which is the Sunday before Advent.

 

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.

  • Luke For Everyone: Begins February 3. Register here.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: February 10th.

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

  • Third Friday Bingo: February 15, 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.

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.