Subject: West Side Update – July 28
July 28, 2014
25 years of changed lives
As Redeemer approaches its anniversary this September, which will mark 25 years of serving New York City, we’re gathering short stories about how people have experienced gospel renewal through the church’s ministry. How has God used Redeemer to change your life? Share your story!
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
Each ministry year is marked by a theme that seeks to support our church’s overarching vision. As many of you know, last year it was Public Faith, in which we were challenged both individually and collectively to find ways to engage with those in our circles who don’t share a Christian view of the world. This coming year, we will be exploring the topic of prayer. I have been doing some reading on that topic and was struck by one passage by Eugene Peterson that reminds us that prayer, though necessarily private at times, is also public.
Prayer is political action. . . . Prayer is public good. Far more of our nation’s life is shaped by prayer than is formed by legislation. That we have not collapsed into anarchy is due more to prayer than to the police. . . . That society continues to be livable and that hope continues to be resurgent are attributable to prayer far more than to business prosperity or a flourishing of the arts. The single most important action contributing to whatever health and strength there is in our land is prayer.
It is a vivid reminder that our prayer life is to be regularly focused on seeing the values of God’s kingdom brought to bear in our public square. To that end, please consider coming to the prayer evening this Saturday, August 2, at 5 p.m. in the W83 sanctuary. You can RSVP here.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
Rev. David Bisgrove
Q: What’s the difference between Beta and Community Groups?
The 7 p.m. service is moving up to 6:45
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.
Help lead community-building events for those with mental disabilities (The Bridge)
Volunteer to serve breakfast before work (St. Paul’s House)
Wednesdays, from 5 to 6 p.m., 141 W 73rd
Eight to 10 volunteers can join the fun of Scrabble, Jenga and Trouble with residents from Hamilton Senior Center and community. RSVP for July 30.
RENEWAL: An Evening of Prayer & Praise
Hope for New York Charity Bike Ride info session
Sunday, August 10, from 1 to 2 p.m., W83, Room 412
New to the city? New to finance? Come meet other professionals working in the financial services and join a dynamic community seeking to integrate faith and work in this field. Find out about classes, socials and prayer events for the year. More info from the Center for Faith & Work.
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