Subject: West Side Update – April 28
April 28, 2014
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
Death visited our apartment this week. Tears flowed. Hugs were exchanged. Our beloved hamster passed away quietly one night.
The tears and hugs were reminders of the reality underscored by Easter. Death and suffering are real. And no matter what age you are, the natural human response to death reveals that we were never meant to say goodbye. We are hope-based creatures.
A recent article by the philosopher Simon Critchley argued that the kind of hope Christians celebrated on Easter is often cruel as it “prolongs human suffering,” and should be replaced by a Nietzsche-like courage in the face of realism. Of course, wisdom dictates a need for a balanced understanding of both human suffering and resurrection hope, which is why Christians must read both Job and Paul. But in the end, our collective grief in the face of loss and the promise offered by Christ’s resurrection seem like a more natural expression of the human condition than Nietzsche’s idea of courage, which seems both cruel and foolish.
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:26-27)
Rev. David Bisgrove
You’re invited to WS Men and WS Women
West Side Prayer Ministry
Did you miss Children’s Ministry Sunday yesterday?
Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve from Hope for New York. As always, you can check their Volunteer page to see opportunities by neighborhood and service type.
Pilot Program: Tutor students in SoHa
Saturdays, 103rd and CPW
Are you crafty? Do you like to cook? Enjoy planning fun outings? Volunteer to plan and lead activities for a fun-loving group of residents at The Bridge. Events happen every other Saturday. Contact Lauren at email@example.com to learn more.
Sandra McCracken benefit concert + silent auction
Women’s Beyond Abuse retreat
Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., 356 W. 58th
This is going to be an amazing night of great company, delicious food and drinks, and an inspiring program (including Abe Cho as MC!) to support Hope for New York’s work to serve the poor and marginalized of our city. Wednesday, May 7 at Hudson Common at the Hudson Hotel. Get your tickets today!
Open Forum: Sex and the Romantic Solution
Ei Forum 2014: Disruption
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