Sign up for the 5th Sunday Potluck on July 29

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5th Sunday Potluck!

Hope you’re planning to join us as we share a meal and some great conversation and laughter together the last Sunday of July (July 29). Please follow this link to sign up for a main dish and either a side dish or dessert. We’ll provide bottled water and table service. If you’d like something else to drink—soft drinks, wine, etc.—feel free to bring some to share.

 

Jesus Has a Picnic?

This week’s Gospel reading is one of the best-known stories in the Bible. For most, it’s basically a warm fuzzy: Jesus has a picnic. You can almost see everyone sitting on the lush green grass eating and laughing. You can almost imagine the red checkered tablecloths spread on the ground...

But don’t.

The textual and historical context tells us this is about something radically different: a revolution. Only one that’s totally unexpected, based on a shocking revolutionary act, and led by impossibly unqualified revolutionaries.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: July 29; September 30. Sign up for July.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: August 12, September 9, October 14.

Ian's Licensing Service: August 12. Bishop Julian will license Ian to Lay Ministry in the Diocese of CANA East.

The Bite of Conscience

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The Bite of Conscience

“If God is dead, anything is possible,” mused Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor in 1880. but it was Friedrich Nietzsche who set himself to the task of showing what that meant in the real world. In 1887 he wrote his Genealogy of Morals, which is the best and clearest introduction to Nietzsche’s life project.

His project was largely to kill conscience or die trying. “The bite of conscience,” he wrote, “like the bite of a dog into a stone, is a stupidity.”

Conscience is a word that means “with knowledge”, and we all know its bite can really hurt. It’s that bite Herod Antipas got in the first few verses of this week’s Gospel reading. And it really hurt.

See you Sunday,
Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: July 29; September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: August 12, September 9, October 14

We have partnered with the Light House homeless prevention support center to help provide the 100 free meals per day they distribute from their facility in Annapolis.

Axiomatic (And Second Sunday Sandwiches THIS WEEK)

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Axiomatic

The root word of axiomatic, axiom—a self-evident truth—comes from the Greek axioma, meaning "authority”. We use it to describe compact, often pithy statements that have the authority of truth about them.

For example, “Out of sight, out of mind” is axiomatic because we all know it experientially as true. “Familiarity breeds contempt” is too.

It’s the latter Jesus confronts in this week’s Gospel reading, and he does it with an axiom of his own.

See you Sunday,
Steve+

 

Second Sunday Sandwiches

We are going to make another 100 lunches for our friends at the Annapolis Light House right after worship this Sunday. Plan to stay for about 45 minutes. We'll make lunch, we'll eat lunch, we'll have a blast.

Consider also donating what you would have spent on lunch this Sunday. You can choose Second Sunday Sandwiches from the form on the Giving page. We want to be a people who learn to walk with the many different kinds of neighbors we have, and giving up the lunch we might have planned for ourselves is a way of blessing those who are in need right now.

Ian.

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwins Ice Cream). Email Ian

Second Sunday Sandwiches: July 8, August 12, September 9.

We have partnered with the Light House homeless prevention support center to help provide the 100 free meals per day they distribute from their facility in Annapolis.

Next Vestry Meeting: July 8, 12:30-2:30pm.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: July 29; September 30.

Our Turn For Tragedy

 Image Credit: Thalia Juarez, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Image Credit: Thalia Juarez, Baltimore Sun Media Group

 

Our Turn For Tragedy

Yesterday Annapolis experienced terrible violence. The 'somewhere else' for which we have so often prayed became 'here and now' at the Capital Gazette.

The best-known verse of Lamentations claims: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

Is this still the case for us and our neighbors this morning?

In response to the calamities which came upon the people of Israel, the writer of Lamentations finds that there is nothing that can save them apart from the Divine Help of God. Only that help was yet to come.

Is God's help still yet to come for us?

I certainly hope it won't be long...

See you Sunday,
Ian.

 

Vigil Mourning Annapolis Shooting

To grieve and mourn today's mass shooting at #capitalgazette, local clergy are organizing a vigil on Friday, June 29, at 7pm at the Westfield Annapolis Mall in front of the Pottery Barn.

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm above Kilwins Main Street. Email Ian

Second Sunday Sandwiches: July 8, August 12, September 9.

We have partnered with the Light House homeless prevention support center to help provide the 100 free meals per day they distribute from their facility in Annapolis.

Next Vestry Meeting: July 15, 12:30-2:30pm.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: July 29; September 30.

Fear of Widths

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Fear of Widths

Steven Wright, a comedian known for his lethargic, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical, and sometimes nonsensical humor once said about fear, “A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me. I’m afraid of widths.”

The definition of an irrational fear is, of course, “someone else’s.”

But fear—genuine fear—is a very real, and potentially debilitating thing.

And have you ever noticed the vast difference between being told, “there’s nothing to be afraid of”, and being asked, “why are you afraid?” The former can come off as condescending (and wrong), while the latter leaves open the possibility that there may, in fact, be something there.

It’s the latter Jesus asks of some friends in a boat—and by extension, us—in this week’s Gospel reading.

See you Sunday.
Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at Downtown Hope.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: July 8, August 12, September 9.

We have partnered with the Light House homeless prevention support center to help provide the 100 free meals per day they distribute from their facility in Annapolis.

Next Vestry Meeting: July 15, 12:30-2:30pm.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: July 29; September 30.

Unlearning

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Unlearning

Becoming an instrument rated pilot—one who can fly and land safely without ANY outside visual references— isn’t easy. In fact, it’s a painful and arduous process. It certainly was for me.

It involves learning to trust something you’ve never trusted, but more than that, unlearning to trust what you’ve always trusted (and everyone else trusts).

It’s the unlearning that’s hardest.

This isn’t dissimilar from something provocative St. Paul wrote in this week’s Epistle. It’s not just learning a new way, but more than that, unlearning the old. And that’s a painful and arduous process. It certainly was for him.

 

New & Upcoming

Fifth Sunday Potlucks July 29; September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches July 8, August 12.

We have partnered with the Light House homeless prevention support center to help provide the 100 free meals per day they distribute from their facility in Annapolis. Email Ian with any questions or to volunteer.

Thursday Evensong
At Downtown Hope, 255 West Street, 6:30pm. Email Ian.

The Mission of Ritual, or the other way around…

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The Mission of Ritual, or the other way around…

Christians have always sought to find appropriate and helpful ways to organize themselves and their worship. We seek to hear God’s voice from Scripture and share the spiritual food offered from his Table. In our worship patterns we also memorize prayers, postures, and we learn to bear with one another such that we might become always more of what God would have us be.

So when it comes to joining in with God’s saving plan in the world (what we call mission), what do our Sunday Mornings have to teach us?

At Redeemer we will begin a new ritual this Sunday. Second Sunday Sandwiches. Just as our worship together seeks to be multi-generational, embedded in the Scriptures, and designed to habituate us into new ways of thinking and acting; so too will our time once per month making sandwiches which will be distributed by the Light House, a center who support the homeless.

Please plan to stay for an extra hour after our service is finished. We will make the lunches and then we shall sit and eat together the very same meal we will be giving away to those who are in need. 

I don’t know what might be stirred in us by this consistent and committed form of service to our neighbors, but I am confident that both we and our neighbors will be blessed and drawn closer to what God would have us be.

See you Sunday.
Ian

 

New & Upcoming

Vestry Meeting June 10, 12:30pm

Fifth Sunday Potlucks July 29; September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches June 10, July 8, August 12.

We have partnered with the Light House homeless prevention support center to help provide the 100 free meals per day they distribute from their facility in Annapolis. Email Ian with any questions or to volunteer.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

FUTAB?

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FUTAB?

FUTAB is Chat for “Feet Up, Take A Break.” FUTAB might be what you imagine when you hear the word Sabbath: aimless rest. Mandatory aimless rest, actually.

But if that’s all you imagine, you’re falling way, way short.

Because Sabbath has a definite aim.

See you Sunday.
Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Fifth Sunday Potlucks July 29; September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches June 10, July 8, August 12.

We have partnered with the Light House homeless prevention support center to help provide the 100 free meals per day they distribute from their facility in Annapolis. Email Ian with any questions or to volunteer.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

Believe, And Be Saved

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Believe, And Be Saved

One of the three affirmations of the Christian faith which the Anglican Church shares with a great many other Churches is the Athanasian Creed, which begins rather insistently:

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence.

Why would our ancestors in the faith have commended to us in such certain terms, such a specific and nuanced way of describing and understanding God? Isn't it enough to simply believe in an almighty creator? Or that Jesus died for our sins? Or to receive the Holy Spirit?

On this Trinity Sunday we will explore this mystery together, and perhaps grow to understand why so many who have lived their life with God, pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Maybe this prayer tells us more about the Gospel than we might think a simple ritual ever could.

See you Sunday,
Ian.

 

New & Upcoming

Fifth Sunday Potlucks July 29; September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches June 10, July 8, August 12.

We have partnered with the Light House homeless prevention support center to help provide the 100 free meals per day they distribute from their facility in Annapolis. We will make lunches on the second Sunday of each month, more details about how to join in and what you should bring or buy will come soon. Email Ian to be first to hear about it.

Next Vestry Meeting May 20, 12:30-2:30

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

Online Giving We have partnered with tithe.ly to help make giving more accessible. If you do give online, you can find an online giving card on the back table on Sunday morning, so you can still participate by placing this card in the offering plate. 

Not at all common...

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Not at all common...

The word “Pentecost” is a very common word, at least in Greek. Nothing special. It means simply, “50th day”. In this case, after Easter.

But what happened on Pentecost was not at all common...and it’s still vital today.

Something else not at all common: Martyn Minns, CANA East’s founding Bishop, will be joining us this Sunday to preach and celebrate communion. You ought to join us.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Fifth Sunday Potlucks July 29; September 30.

Next Vestry Meeting May 20, 12:30-2:30

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

Online Giving We have partnered with tithe.ly to help make giving more accessible. If you do give online, you can find an online giving card on the back table on Sunday morning, so you can still participate by placing this card in the offering plate. 

Pretty Much Ignored.

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Pretty Much Ignored.

Everyone knows Christmas and Easter are integral to the Christian faith. But what about The Ascension? Is it integral as well? And if so, why is it pretty much ignored? Maybe because it always falls on a Thursday...forty days after the Resurrection, and ten days before Pentecost. Maybe we just don’t understand its significance. Yesterday was The Feast of the Ascension. Did you know?

But have you ever wondered why Jesus said in John 16:7 that it was better for us that he go away?

It’s because The Ascension has profound implications for the Church as a whole, for you, and for Monday mornings.

It’s too good to be ignored.

See you Sunday.
Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Pentecost Sunday Bishop Martyn Minns—the founding Bishop of CANA—will be joining us next Sunday, May 20th to preach and celebrate the Eucharist. It’s an honor to have him visit.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks July 29; September 30.

Next Vestry Meeting May 20, 12:30-2:30

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

Thank You, Internet

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Thank You, Internet

Thanks to the internet, there’s a robust debate (still!) about exactly what Jeff Bridges’ character, “The Dude” meant in the 1998 Cohen Brothers indy cult film, The Big Lebowski, when he told Sam Elliot, “The Dude abides, Stranger, the Dude abides.” Seems there’s a lot of opinion (and confusion) about exactly what it means “to abide”.

The verb, “to abide”—which is used four times in this week’s Gospel reading—comes from a rich and variegated Greek word that describes not just an action, but equally, a state of being. It’s inexact, but inclusive.

In other words, it’s an intense and demanding thing truly to abide.

And speaking of the internet...Redeemer has recently partnered with Tithe.ly to offer a simple and convenient app-based option for giving. Check it out. It’s great on IOS and Android devices, as well as your Mac or PC.

Thanks again, internet.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Fifth Sunday Potlucks July 29; September 30.

CANA Synod May 3-5

Next Vestry Meeting May 20, 12:30-2:30

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

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A Cart Full of Grain...and a Potluck

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A Cart Full of Grain...and a Potluck

Times and technologies have always shaped the way people give.

It would have been difficult (and messy) for example, to “pass the plate” in ancient Israel if your tithe were a cart full of grain, or several gallons of olive oil.

But then came coins...then paper money...then personal checks. When I was a kid, you couldn’t imagine tithing with a credit card (very few people even had one), much less online. Online was where you stood, and the “innernet” was the mesh lining of your swim trunks.

Today though, a rapidly growing number of people are giving from their smart phones, and I’d like you to consider joining them...and me.

Redeemer has recently partnered with Tithe.ly, an app-based service that specializes in local church giving. They use the same encryption technology as your bank, Amazon, and PayPal, and over 4,200 churches and organizations worldwide such as Hillsong, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and The Salvation Army have partnered with them, too.

With Tithe.ly you can give directly from your bank account, through your bank’s online giving service, or by using your debit or credit card. And it’s easy to set up recurring gifts.

One of the most, perhaps the most significant spiritual habit one can develop is that of regular sacrificial giving, because it flows so abundantly into the rest of life and frees us so profoundly from the tyranny of money. It’s so important that it’s the only thing in Scripture God challenges us to test him in. And yes, I know prepositions are bad things to end sentences with. Wink.

Lauren and I are giving with Tithe.ly and we’d rate it five stars. Please, check out Redeemer’s Giving Page and join us.

Oh, and while you’re online anyway, sign up for Sunday’s 5th Sunday Potluck. We want you there!

See you Sunday,
Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Fifth Sunday Potlucks April 29; July 29; September 30.

CANA Synod May 3-5

Next Vestry Meeting (May 20, 12:30-2:30)

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

  • Wednesdays, 7pm at the Wisharts. Email Steve.
  • Thursday's 6:30pm at Downtown Hope. Email Ian

 

 Remember to pray for Andrea, Kelly, Cathy, Melissa, and Lauren who were Confirmed this past Sunday. See more photos  here .

Remember to pray for Andrea, Kelly, Cathy, Melissa, and Lauren who were Confirmed this past Sunday. See more photos here.

The Way It Ought to Be...

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The Way It Ought to Be...

One of the things I like best about The Anglican Way is that we’re not out there on our own. We’re a community in a Communion. And we have Shepherds. I can make a good argument that in the Body of Christ, this is exactly the way it ought to be.

One of those Shepherds, Bishop David Bena, will be leading our worship and Confirming some of those among us this Sunday, April 22.

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to meet him Sunday at “Bagels with the Bishop” at 9. It’ll include both bagels and a Bishop, which you may have already assumed.

One other thing...we’ll be singing a different setting of “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” Sunday. The original one. It’s beautiful, and you can see the music and listen to it here (I really think you’ll be glad you did). We won’t be singing all the parts...just the melody, but I’d love for you to be familiar with it.

Look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Every blessing,
Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Bagels with the Bishop: April 22 at 8:45am. See more.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks April 29; July 29; September 30.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

  • Wednesdays, 7pm at the Wisharts. Email Steve.
  • Thursday's 6:30pm at Downtown Hope. Email Ian

 

Two new roles - Apply here.

Hospitality Coordinator: Ensure our coffee station is set up, stocked, presentable in time for Sunday worship. Clean up and put away the station after coffee time.

Sacristan: Care for the Lord's Table, linens, items, and vessels used in our Worship. Ensure the Table is appropriately and reverently set in time for Sunday worship, and put away all linens and items after our service is concluded.

Both/And

Both/And

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Both/And

In a culture that seems to be growing increasingly ideological, “both/and” is something you’re hearing less and less. We’re increasingly attuned to “either/or”: Democrat or Republican. Environment or Economy. Conservative or Progressive. Paper or Plastic (I know, this last one’s not truly ideological, but I really prefer paper even though I feel guilty about it).

The Church, because it’s full of human beings, isn’t immune from an either/or way of seeing things in its orientation to worship. It’s often expressed as Word or Sacrament.

But Jesus, on the evening of the first day of the week in Emmaus practices both/and. In fact, it’s how he’s known.

See you Sunday.
Steve +

 

New & Upcoming

Adult Confirmation Class: Concludes Sunday, April 15 at 8:45am. 

  • Confirmations with Bishop Dave 4/22

Bagels with the Bishop: April 22 at 8:45am. See more.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks April 29; July 29; September 30.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

  • Wednesdays, 7pm at the Wisharts. Email Steve.
  • Thursday's 6:30pm at Downtown Hope. Email Ian

 

Two new roles - Apply here.

Hospitality Coordinator: Ensure our coffee station is set up, stocked, presentable in time for Sunday worship. Clean up and put away the station after coffee time.

Sacristan: Care for the Lord's Table, linens, items, and vessels used in our Worship. Ensure the Table is appropriately and reverently set in time for Sunday worship, and put away all linens and items after our service is concluded.

News & Announcements for Sunday, April 8

News & Announcements for Sunday, April 8

Adult Confirmation Class: 

Continues Sunday, April 8 at 8:45am.
4/8, and 4/15
Confirmations with Bishop Dave 4/22

Bagels with the Bishop:

April 22 at 8:45am.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks

April 29; July 29; September 30.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

Wednesdays, 7pm at the Wisharts. Email Steve.
Thursday's 6:30pm at Downtown Hope. Email Ian

Two new roles - email to apply

Hospitality Coordinator: Ensure our coffee station is set up, stocked, presentable in time for Sunday worship. Clean up and put away the station after coffee time.

Sacristan: Care for the Lord's Table, linens, items, and vessels used in our Worship. Ensure the Table is appropriately and reverently set in time for Sunday worship, and put away all linens and items after our service is concluded.

News & Announcements for Sunday, March 11

News & Announcements for Sunday, March 11

Adult Confirmation Class:

Begins 8:45am on March 18. Register

Bagels with the Bishop

April 22 at 8:45am. See more.

Stations of the Cross

Throughout Lent, Thursdays at 6:30pm at Downtown Hope. Facebook Event

Holy Week & Easter

  • Maundy Thursday: March 29 7:00pm.
  • Good Friday: March 30 7:00pm.
  • Easter Vigil: March 31 7:30pm.
  • Easter Sunday: April 1 10:00am.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks April 29; July 29; September 30.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)
Wednesdays, 7pm at the Wisharts. Email Steve.

 

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News & Announcements for Sunday, February 25

News & Announcements for Sunday, February 25

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Birth

We rejoice with Elizabeth, Thomas, and Silas at the arrival of Michael Amos Pfenson, born Monday, February 19.

9 (nine, nein!) lbs. and beautiful. Thanks be to God!

Please email Lauren Wishart here if you’d like to provide a meal for the Pfensons. 

Adult Study Hour

We have Adult Confirmation Class beginning on Sunday, March 18 at 8:45am. It goes four weeks: 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, and 4/15 (skips Easter morning). Confirmation with Bishop David is scheduled for 4/22.

Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership continues this Sunday.

Stations of the Cross

Every Thursday at 6:30pm during Lent at Downtown Hope.

Holy Week & Easter

  • Maundy Thursday: March 29 7:00pm.
  • Good Friday: March 30 7:00pm.
  • Easter Vigil: March 31 7:30pm.
  • Easter Sunday: April 1 10:00am.
  • Fifth Sunday Potlucks April 29; July 29; September 30.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

News & Announcements for Sunday, February 18

News & Announcements for Sunday, February 18

Adult Study Hour

We have Adult Confirmation Class beginning on Sunday, March 18 at 8:45am. It goes four weeks: 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, and 4/15 (skips Easter morning). Confirmation with Bishop David is scheduled for 4/22.

Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership continues this Sunday.

Stations of the Cross

Every Thursday at 6:30pm during Lent at Downtown Hope.

Holy Week & Easter

  • Maundy Thursday: March 29 7:00pm.
  • Good Friday: March 30 7:00pm.
  • Easter Vigil: March 31 7:30pm.
  • Easter Sunday: April 1 10:00am.
  • Fifth Sunday Potlucks April 29; July 29; September 30.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)

News & Announcements for Sunday, February 4

News & Announcements for Sunday, February 4

Adult Study Hour

Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership continues this Sunday.

Vestry Meeting

Sunday, February 11 at 12:30pm.

Nonperishable food collection

Sunday, February 11.

Ash Wednesday Services on February 14

Holy Week & Easter

  • Maundy Thursday: March 29 7:00pm.
  • Good Friday: March 30 7:00pm.
  • Easter Vigil: March 31 7:30pm.
  • Easter Sunday: April 1 10:00am.
  • Fifth Sunday Potlucks April 29; July 29; September 30.

Weeknight Vespers (Evening Prayer with Bible Study)