Subject: West Side Update — Serving the City (Rise Campaign, April 18)

Redeemer West Side
18 April 2016
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Hello ,

This past week I walked through Central Park twice in one day. The first walk occurred during a light rain and gray skies garnished with the yellows, greens and purples of spring. It was eerily silent with few people and no bicyclists. Just a few hours later, I walked through again, this time under bright blue skies and sunshine. The contrast was startling as the same yellows, greens and purples now exploded in front of me, and the park was teeming with people and bikers.

Those two experiences struck me as a metaphor for the world in which we live and the one that is to come. Jesus’ resurrection inaugurated new life into the world, bringing out the signs of hope, like daffodils on a rainy day. His victory over death also points to a glorious new city teeming with joyful throngs basking in the light of majestic glory. In the meantime, it is the church’s mission to showcase that new reality, put beautifully by Harvie Conn this way:

On a tract of earth’s land, purchased with the blood of Christ Jesus, the kingdom developer has begun building new housing. As a sample of what will be, he has erected a model home of what will eventually fill the urban neighborhood. He now invites the... world into that model home to take a look at what will be. The church is the occupant of that model home, inviting neighbors into its open door to Christ.

As we enter the next chapter of Redeemer’s story marked by the Rise campaign, I want to thank you for the ways you have helped make the West Side Congregation a community of hospitality and encourage you to pray that our many more model homes will be constructed so more and more people can experience the hospitality of God.

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. - Jeremiah 29:7

In Christ,

David Bisgrove
West Side Congregation Lead Pastor

Pray

Because New York City is one of the most strategic places for Christians to live and minister, we encourage everyone to stay and live in the city. We want our leaders to be energized by and enjoy city living. We don’t hate the city or romanticize it—we love the city, we have a vision for what it could be, and we are here to seek its well-being for everyone. Please pray that we would be known as a people who love and care for the city:

  • Father, help me to have a servant's heart as I live in NYC and help me through the gospel to love its people more.
  • Father, will you make Redeemer's reputation one where everyone knows us as a church, not for ourselves, but for the city and will you help each of our Community Groups embody that idea in their neighborhoods.
  • Father, would you, through multiplying the number of Christians serving the city, bring renewal to every neighborhood in NYC so that all its people experience your Shalom.
Engage

Here are the best ways for you to engage with the vision through Rise:

  • Commitment Week
    This week we’ve entered the commitment season of the Rise campaign which we hope will enable us to serve the city in ways we never have before. We hope everyone who is able, will respond generously to God's grace to us and his provision for our church. Out of thanks for how God has renewed our hearts, our church, and this city, we want to commit ourselves and our resources to the gospel movement he is growing in NYC. To make your pledge go to rise.redeemer.com/give.
  • Professional Women's Gathering
    Are you a professional woman who wants to connect with other working women in Redeemer? Come hear from Katherine Leary Alsdorf on "leaning in" at work while also keeping Christ at the center. A panel will also share their experiences. Join us on Monday, April 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the W83 Ministry Center. Register at redeemer.com/professionalwomen.
  • Grace, Justice, and Mercy: An evening with Bryan Stevenson and Tim Keller
    In an age of mass incarceration and growing racial tension, how can a church committed to the flourishing of a whole city engage as ambassadors of reconciliation and restoration? Bryan Stevenson & Tim Keller will help us explore ways to sustain hope through a grace-filled pursuit of justice and mercy as they draw from their own calling and work. Join us on May 20 at The Salvation Army Auditorium for this discussion. Register a tredeemergracejusticemercy.eventbrite.com.
Stories We’re eager to deepen our involvement, and 
to invest not just our time but our hearts in advancing mercy and justice in practical ways...–Ryan & Adrienne 
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Redeemer's Vision
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.
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