Subject: West Side Update — November 16
November 16, 2015
Soo Mi Park
Soo Mi has been attending Redeemer for sixteen years and became a member in 2005. She started attending the West Side once W83 opened, and has been part of the Prayer Team for two years.
This year, Soo Mi is a Gotham Fellow through the Center for Faith and Work, along with six other West Siders. “I am only a few months into the Gotham Fellowship,” she says, "but digging deeply into the theological foundations of our faith, as well as the close knit support system among the fellows, has already strengthened my faith even more."
When Soo Mi’s family emigrated from Seoul, they first moved to Fort Lee, NJ. “I grew up looking out at the George Washington Bridge,” she says. “I told myself that someday, I would live across the bridge in NYC."
Soo Mi has lived all over New York City but has called the Upper West Side home for the last four years. She maintains that Sal & Carmine’s on Broadway between 101st and 102nd Streets has the best pizza in New York City.
Soo Mi says that she goes to the Psalms for comfort and encouragement, and a recent favorite scripture comes from Psalm 63:7-8:
"Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
As a member of the WS Prayer Team, Soo Mi also “ derives great strength and encouragement as we pray to support the church, its staff and congregation virtually as well as during the weekly Sunday morning prayers and the monthly Prayer and Praise nights."
"Learning to pray beyond my immediate needs to ask for God's kingdom to come, his mercy and justice to be done, and to praise and glorify God, is a daily challenge, but God is gracious and I trust and pray that He will continue to mold me and us all as He pleases."
"Being part of the West Side Prayer team as well as the Gotham Fellowship has taught me to spend more time pursuing God," she says.
Soo Mi’s weekly pleasure is strolling down the Greenmarket on Columbus Ave. after church services to pick up delicious produce, cheese and breads. “I am living out my dream in New York City,” Soo Mi says.
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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.
Friday afternoon the first accounts of the horrific events in Paris flooded my social media and later my television screen. Over the next 48 hours there was no escaping the caption “BREAKING NEWS” that resided at the bottom of every channel. And as I sat there absorbing the information from across the ocean I reflected upon how often the "breaking news" we consume is news that breaks our hearts as well as our spirits. Waking up on Saturday morning I turned to the Daily Office Lectionary for my Bible reading, which included Psalm 136, a psalm that closes each of its 26 verses with the phrase “His love endures forever.” This was the news I needed—news that heals the heart and lifts the spirit—news that reminds us that God is good (v. 1); powerful (v. 4); wise (v. 5); sovereign (v. 8, 9); faithful (v. 11); just (v. 15), present (v. 16), merciful (v. 23) and caring (v. 25).
In a world that so often leaves us sad, angry and fearful about the conspiracies of those who seek to foster evil and pain, we need to regularly meditate upon the news of the co-conspiracy of love among the Father, Son and Spirit: a conspiracy that infuses all of Scripture and culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, reminding us that the headline of our lives and the headline that one day will swallow the cosmos in beauty is simply and powerfully this—“His love endures forever.”
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. – Psalm 136:1
Rev. David Bisgrove
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