Holy Week & Easter Services

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Holy Week & Easter Services

This is the week of all weeks, the time where we remember and find ourselves in the greatest story, the story of how God saved the world. Let us with all our faith and doubt, sorrow and joy, vice and virtue, approach these sacred mysteries with one-another, for we are confident that wherever we have found ourselves, Jesus died and rose again for us and will turn away no one who comes to him.

Maundy Thursday

7:00pm: Service of foot washing and stripping of the Lord’s Table.

Good Friday

7:00pm: Reading of the Passion of Our Lord according to John, with prayers for us and for the whole world.

Easter Vigil

7:48pm: Blessing of the fresh fire, the readings of the great Old Testament prophesies of the resurrection, and the renewal of our Baptismal vows. As we celebrate our God bursting forth from the tomb, so is our faith renewed.

Easter Sunday

10:00am: Easter Baptisms. Please be in prayer for our 10 candidates who will become members of Christ’s Church Kealyn, Elsie, Rebecca, Matthew, Caitlyn, Stephen, Nathaniel, Simon, Joshua, and Ezekiel.

Join in for potluck brunch immediately following this service. Sign up to bring food and find the address here.

Excruciating Prayers & Holy Week details.

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Excruciating Prayers

Crucifixion was an execution so agonizing, a word had to be made up to describe its pain. “Excruciating" is the word, and means, literally, “from the cross”.

And in Luke’s account, it’s from the cross that Jesus prayed two utterly excruciating prayers.

Holy Week

Sunday begins Holy Week: Palm/Passion Sunday (10:00 AM), Maundy Thursday (7:00 PM), Good Friday (7:00 PM), Easter Vigil (7:48 PM), Easter Sunday (10:00 AM). Check out this Rookie Anglican Guide to Holy Week.

Meal Train!

Baby Zeke Rees was born last Saturday evening, and not only are we thrilled at this joyous event, but it also creates an opportunity for us as a community to love and encourage the Rees family. How? Food, obviously (they do, after all, have five boys!). Elizabeth Pfenson is coordinating meals for them, and you can participate by following this link.

Luke for Everyone

Our 22-part Adult Study in Luke will pick up again Sunday, May 5th through June 30th, 8:45 AM. It’s definitely not too late to join in! We’ll take the summer off, but pick it up again this fall.

Warmer, Safer, Dryer

That’s Appalachian Service Projects mission and we’re taking a team to join them in it, June 24-29. We’ll be painting new construction, so anyone, at any skill level can participate. The price per person is $325. If you’re interested in joining us, pleas contact Doug Gillikin.

Second Sunday Sandwiches

We’ll be making 100 lunches for Light House Homeless Prevention Center (and eating together) again this Sunday after worship.

Easter Sunday Potluck

He is Risen! This Easter, celebrate with us after church at the Tims' house! Lea is providing the space and a delicious spiral cut ham to start off this potluck. Please bring a main dish and a side dish or a dessert. Let's make a proper feast of it!

 

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.

Meal Train: For the Rees family as they welcome their newborn son Zeke into the household. Sign up.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: April 14 after the service.

Vestry Meeting: April 14 at 12:30pm.

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

Easter Potluck: Sign up.

Luke for Everyone: Resumes at 8:45am, Sunday May 5th.

Confirmations with Bishop Julian: May 19th.

Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29, cost of $365. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

Letting Her Hair Down

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Letting Her Hair Down

“Letting your hair down” is an idiom we’re all familiar with, and it implied basically the same thing 2,000 years ago as it does today, only on steroids. The Rabbis said that if a married woman let her hair down in public, it was legitimate grounds for divorce. That was reserved only for her husband.

For an unmarried woman—unless she was living immorally—it would never, ever be done in public. It was a sign of openness, a show of intimacy. It’s something that would only ever be done in private with ones closest family members, at home.

So, in this week’s Gospel reading, when Mary lets her hair down, she’s done something utterly scandalous…and absolutely beautiful.

 

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.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: April 13.

Vestry meeting: April 13, 12:30pm.

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

Second Sunday Sandwiches: April 14.

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

Confirmations with Bishop Julian: May 19th.

Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29, cost of $365. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

Feast Day and Summer Mission Trip

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Feast Day

Here’s a question: Do you know why Sundays during Lent are called “in” and not “of” (as they are during Advent)?

Because Lent is a season of fasting modeled on Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness, and Sundays are always feast days...never fast days. It is, after all, the day we gather at the Lord’s Table.

And guess what? This Sunday we get to enjoy even more feast together than usual: Redeemer’s 5th Sunday Potluck.

I sincerely hope you’ll join us as we feast, not only on great food, but also on each other’s company. It’s important that you’re there.

You can let us know what you’ll bring to share here.

 

ASP (Appalachian Service Project)

Warmer. Safer. Drier. That’s Appalachian Service Project’s simple mission to some of America’s poorest citizens.

Please consider joining Team Redeemer as we head to Johnson City, TN June 24-29 to help paint a home that’s just been constructed with and for a family in serious need.

The cost per person is $325, which includes lodging and meals while we’re there. You can contact Doug Gillikin for more information.

Lauren and I went a couple of years ago and are returning this year. It’s a paradigm-shifting experience, guaranteed.

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 at the back table today.

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

Second Sunday Sandwiches: April 14.

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

Confirmations with Bishop Julian: May 19th

Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29, cost of $365. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

Three Little Words & 5th Sunday Potluck

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Three Little Words

The 2007 memoir, Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter is the gripping story of her early life and ten-year journey from foster care to adoption. A life of doubt, fear, and bewilderment that came down to three little words tenuously spoken in a courtroom at the age of 12.

She’s gone on to become a powerhouse, championing fundamental reforms in our nation’s foster care system. Literally freeing thousands of children from the bondage of a broken system.

And though it’s radically different in detail, the overall narrative of the book bears a striking resemblance to the story of a man who would become an Old Testament powerhouse.

Years of doubt, fear, and bewilderment that came down to three little words tenuously spoken in the desert.

 

5th Sunday Potluck

One of the key ways in which we offer ourselves in the Church is to each other, and that begins with one step: getting to know each other better. A great time and place to take that step is next Sunday, March 31st after worship; Redeemer’s quarterly 5th Sunday Potluck. Time to start thinking about what you’ll bring to share. You can sign up here.

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.

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

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.