Subject: West Side Update - March 30
March 30, 2015
“Whether I am spending time with my Community Group and West Side Women, attending a Ministry Summit, or being of service, Redeemer affords me many opportunities to deepen my faith, care for others and be cared for,” says Alexandra Bacon, who has attended Redeemer since 2011.
Alexandra was born and raised in Boston and moved to New York at 17 to pursue her Bachelor of Music Degree in piano at Manhattan School of Music. She’s now the Vice President of the Vocal Division of Barrett Vantage Artists, where she represents opera singers, stage directors and conductors.
At Redeemer, Alexandra is the worship leader for the Tuesday evening West Side Women, leading the ladies in hymns, either a cappella or at the keyboard. She’s also the coordinator for the book table after Redeemer’s 11:30 a.m. Sunday service. “A particular joy was to write and recite Prayers of the People for services in August and December 2014,” says Alexandra. “It is a privilege to share my ‘Public Faith’ with the congregation.”
Alexandra enjoys walking around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. “I love to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden, when the trees in Central Park are in bloom, and to see the magnificent New York City skyline,” she says. And she likes to travel to Europe and hopes to do so more in the future.
Her favorite passage in the Bible is Psalm 23. “It never fails me,” says Alexandra. “I return to this Psalm again and again, for comfort, wisdom and connection with God.”
Interested in attending West Side Women on Tuesdays like Alexandra? There is also another West Side Women on Fridays and a West Side Men on Tuesdays, too. For more info, click here.
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.
I recently had an opportunity to spend a week in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with my family. The pace of life in the small town we visited reminded me that I had taken with me one of the primary character traits of living in New York City – impatience! The people walked too slowly; took too much time in a check out line and generally didn’t seem to share my passion for expediency. On this Monday of Holy Week, having celebrated Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem yesterday on Palm Sunday, there can be a certain spiritual impatience about arriving at the empty tomb of Easter. But the gospel writers devoted a disproportionate amount of their narratives to the events leading up to the resurrection, reminding us of our need to slow down on the way to Easter Sunday. We find the cleansing of the temple (Luke 19), the washing of the disciples feet (John 13), the identification of Judas as the betrayer (Luke 22), Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane, his betrayal and arrest (Matthew 26), his trial (Matthew 26) and of course Jesus’ suffering and death. In other words, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John understood that the full impact of the glory, hope and joy of the resurrection can only fully be understood in the context of the one who first had to cry, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" This is the week to remember that the answer to that question is – me.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5
Rev. David Bisgrove
On Easter, we give to Hope for New York
Startup Pitch Night Taking Applications
Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve the city with Hope for New York. As always, you can check HFNY’s volunteer page to search a full list by neighborhood and service type.
World Vision & A House on Beekman // Lead an Easter Egg Hunt & Outreach to the Bronx Community
Sunday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteers will pick up meals at local UWS food distribution center, receive route for delivery within the neighborhood, and walk in groups of 2-3 to deliver meals to elderly recipients who otherwise might go without a meal. RSVP here.
Here are a highlighted events happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.
The Gospel of Mark presented by Max McLean
West Side Café
For more info on Holy Week events and Easter Sunday service times, click here.
Today's Lent Devotional Prayer:
Quiet Time: Using your Sunday Bulletin
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