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

The Good Shepherd

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The Good Shepherd

Sheep are dumb. They have no defensive or survival skills. You’ve never seen wild sheep because left untended or lost, sheep don’t go feral, they go to sheep heaven.

It’s never been a compliment to be called a sheep.

And so, when Jesus claims in John 10 to be The Good Shepherd, he’s making some specific and profound statements about not only himself, but about those he calls sheep. They're neither warm nor fuzzy.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

Sanctuary Flowers

From Easter through to Trinity Sunday, everyone is invited to donate flowers for our Sunday worship. Some give flowers in memory of a loved one who has passed, or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. Sign up.

 

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 at mealtrain.com/trains/q8vn6l

  • Confirmations with Bishop Julian: May 19th.

  • Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29, cost of $325. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug Gillikin DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

Summer Study and Serve

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Luke for Everyone

This Sunday our adult Bible Study in Luke’s Gospel resumes. Join in at 8:45am! We will be studying Luke 5 helped along by the work of N.T. Wright’s Luke For Everyone study guide:

With a scholar's mind and a pastor's heart, N. T. Wright guides us through the New Testament book of Luke, showing how we can particpate in Luke’s story by making it real in our own world. 

 

Appalachian Service Project

June 24-29. You are invited to join in with this summer’s mission to serve the work of the ASP who provide warm, safe, and dry housing to those in the most need. Our task this year will be painting a newly built house, ready for their occupants later this year. The cost is $325, but we have received a very generous scholarship fun so finances should be no hindrance whatsoever.

Email Doug Gillikin. DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

 

Sanctuary Flowers

From Easter through to Trinity Sunday, everyone is invited to donate flowers for our Sunday worship. Some give flowers in memory of a loved one who has passed, or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. Sign up.

 

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.

  • Evensong: Thursdays at 6:30pm. 126a Main St (above Kilwins). Sung Psalms and Hymns. Dinner follows. ian@redeemerannapolis.org

  • Meal Train: For the Rees family as they welcome their newborn son Zeke into the household. Sign up at mealtrain.com/trains/q8vn6l

  • Confirmations with Bishop Julian: May 19th.

  • Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29, cost of $325. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug Gillikin DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

Same, But Different

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Same, But Different

Like an analog clock at noon and midnight, the “time” is the same, but a lot’s gone on  in the 12 hours between.

That feeling of same-but-different, of coming around the circle and ending up where we started, is what John intends us to have as his book comes to its conclusion.

‘My Lord,’ Thomas says, ‘and my God!’ He is the first person in this book to look at Jesus of Nazareth and address the word ‘God’ directly to him. Yet this is what John's been working around to from the beginning.

 

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. We’ve received a generous scholarship, so cost should not be al limiting factor for you. If you’re interested in joining us, pleas contact Doug Gillikin. Respond quickly, though, we can only accommodate a team of 12.

 

Bingo Night at the Light House

Tonight (April 26) from 7pm we’ll play bingo and eat pizza with the residents of the Light House Homeless Prevention Center. Last month we had over 20 people join in! We usually stay until around 8:30. This is a family friendly and inclusive activity and I would be thrilled if you’d consider joining in. Email Ian to RSVP ian@redeemerannapolis.org

We also ask that you consider donating toward the cost of the prizes (gift cards) and refreshments. You can give here, clicking the green ‘give’ button and choosing ‘Local Mission’ from the dropdown list.

 

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.

  • Evensong: Thursdays at 6:30pm. 126a Main St (above Kilwins). Sung Psalms and Hymns. Dinner follows. ian@redeemerannapolis.org

  • Meal Train: For the Rees family as they welcome their newborn son Zeke into the household. Sign up at mealtrain.com/trains/q8vn6l

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

  • Confirmations with Bishop Julian: May 19th.

  • Appalachia Service Project: June 24-29, cost of $325. Find out about ASP at asphome.org. Find out about our trip by emailing Doug Gillikin DGILLIKI@arinc.com.

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+