Subject: West Side Update — August 8
8 August 2016
The Open Door
The Open Door is one of Hope for New York's affiliates on the Upper West Side. The Open Door's mission is to empower immigrants to reach their full God-given potential to successfully integrate, participate in and contribute to the wellbeing of our society.
To learn more about volunteering at The Open Door, click here.
The West Side Café will resume again in the fall.
The West Side Café is an open space for seekers, skeptics and those considering Christianity to engage with and process the Christian faith. Each week will involve a short presentation and discussion addressing topics of interest and claims of the Christian faith. For more info, visit redeemer.com/wscafe.
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.
On a recent subway ride, I observed a young boy standing in front of his mother, her arms resting on his shoulders, as he looked out the window watching the world go by. At one point he turned around, leaned his head against her, shut his eyes, smiled and hugged her in a such a way that he seemed to melt into her arms. He then turned back around and continued to look out the window.
The image was a window into our lives with God: we go about our daily lives watching the world go by, mostly unaware of his outstretched arms protecting and guiding us. And then every once in awhile we sense the need to more fully experience God’s love. Sometimes it is brought on by a season of pain or doubt. Other times it might be the pure joy of knowing his love.
The point driven home to me that day on the 1 Train was my need to find ways to draw close to God the way a child needs to draw close to his mother. So let my experience encourage you to find ways to do just that—whether through deeper friendships within the church, more regular private and public worship or cultivating private prayer and meditation of God’s word. All of these are ways to not just know you are God’s child, but to experience it as well.
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. —Hebrews 10:22
Rev. David Bisgrove
Do you live in Hell's Kitchen and want to know how you can rise in your area?
No Sunday elementary classes in August
Preparing for Marriage seminar
Project FIND: Serve lunch to residents and community
Defy Ventures: Coach entrepreneurs in training on best practices
Citymeals-on-Wheels: Deliver meals to homebound elderly
HFNY Charity Bike Ride - Dinner & Info Session Tomorrow
W83 invites you to participate in an interactive art project
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy - Psalm 126:3
“The Psalms are acts of obedience, answering the God who has addressed us. God’s word precedes these words: these prayers don't seek God, they respond to the God who seeks us. These responses are often ones of surprise, for who expects God to come looking for us? And they are sometimes awkward, for in our religious striving we are usually looking for something quite other than the God who has come looking for us. God comes and speaks - his word catches us in sin, finds us in despair, invades us by grace. The Psalms are our answers. We don’t always like what God speaks to us, and we don’t always understand it. Left to ourselves, we will pray to some god who speaks what we like hearing, or to the part of God that we manage to understand. But what is critical is that we speak to the God who speaks to us, and to everything that he speaks to us, and in our speaking (which gathers up our listening and answering) mature in the great art of conversation with God that is prayer. The Psalms - all of which listen in order to answer - train us in that conversation.” Eugene Peterson in Answering God: The Psalms As Tools For Prayer
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