BEING THE CHURCH: Worship - November 29 ( of a month long celebration of Our Redeemer)
There is always something special about gathering together for worship. This is the time and the place when we are nurtured by God's word and strengthened through both Communion and the community. Worship is the heartbeat for a Christian life. Today worship was extra special. We gathered together for a single service along with the other two congregations that worship in our building. The Hmong church Savior Alliance, and the Hispanic church Spring of Eternal Life shared roles in music, scripture and prayer. Beautiful Praise. Wonderful worship. Enjoyable fellowship. The Spirit at work. What a place to be. ... See MoreSee Less
BEING THE CHURCH : Hanging of the Greens - November 28 (of a month long look celebrating Our Redeemer)
Deck the Halls with spruce tips and lights! Our Redeemer is celebrating an age-old tradition of hanging the greens at church today! Come join us at 9am till we are done (hopefully noon!) if you would like to help hang or cheer on the hangers!
Decorating the church for Advent is a special time where we look with anticipation towards the Christ-child whose birth changes everything forever! Special thank you for all who help pull together decorations and helpers! ... See MoreSee Less
BEING THE CHURCH : Sabbath Day - November 27 (of a month long look celebrating Our Redeemer)
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28, NRSV
Thanks to the book of Genesis, we know that God created and God rested. If the Creator had to indeed rest, than how much more do we need to rest? Society values "doers," yet we indeed are not the masters of our lives and Lord of all. Our bodies have limitations - and one of them is that we need rest, good rest. Rest can be measured in several ways: quality, quantity, and of course the type of rest. However, what often matters most isn't so much how you choose to rest, but that you choose to rest.
As the church there are seasons which lend more easy to rest than other times of the year. Regardless of season, each week staff is provided with a time to rest - a day off. Today the office is closed, and the staff have the day off. During this time it is important to tend to the things of which often can easily become forgotten in the life of ministry: self-care, family-care, marriage-care and last (but not least) spiritual-care. The Sabbath is observed by numerous church traditions such as the Jewish and Christian faith. It is important to honor God weekly through worship, as well, as honoring God in "doing less" so we can in return "dwell more" with those who love us. May you be nudged to honor the Sabbath for yourself and those around you and may you be blessed in the moments that follow. ... See MoreSee Less
BEING THE CHURCH - Serving Hungry People - November 26 (of a month long look of celebrating Our Redeemer)
As you gather around your tables today for thanksgiving we invite you to think about the large meal we serve as a congregation every other month. Three days after Christmas, December 28th, we will again serve a hot, delicious and nutritious meal to about 250 to 300 people at Dorothy Day Center in St Paul. Our Redeemer is committed to purchasing food, preparing it and serving the meal to people in our community who may be homeless or need to supplement their income with a free meal.
As we enter our 6th year serving at Dorothy Day over 90 people from Our Redeemer, along with friends or family, have helped prepare and serve 9366 meals. Often we hear “Thank you” or “God Bless You” as people pass through the food line; but some may be quiet or sullen obviously struggling with life. We know there are many stories and as a congregation we find it important to be there for them. Serving at Dorothy Day is another way we are living out our new mission statement; Transforming Lives and Building Community by Loving God and Serving Others. Thank you for being part of this important ministry. ... See MoreSee Less
BEING THE CHURCH : Ecumenical Worship - November 25 (of a month long look celebrating Our Redeemer)
One definition of Ecumenical means ‘promoting Christian unity’. Here at Our Redeemer we are proud of who we are as a church, what we stand for, and how we live out the gospel. But we also value the work of other Christian churches in our neighborhood and community, knowing that they too praise the same Lord and try shaping disciples and servants in their congregations.
Tonight we gather with six other Christian congregations for an annual ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve worship being hosted right here. We will be with the good folks from Progressive Baptist, Presentation of Mary Catholic, St Pascal’s, Hope Lutheran, Grace Lutheran, and Good Samaritan Lutheran. We will sing together, pray together and eat together. This is the favorite service of the year for many as we gather in a grand way to be the church – sharing ministry and worship with our Christians in our community. ... See MoreSee Less