Subject: West Side Update - June 17
June 17, 2013
Regan Stevens grew up in Alabama (Roll Tide!) and moved to NYC two and a half years ago. Earlier this year she began working for Redeemer as the Nursery Coordinator for our WS Congregation. She’s also passionate about acting and enjoys every opportunity she has to perform in the city.
Regan's favorite neighborhood attraction is Central Park. She also loves rock climbing, dancing and spending time with kids. And she’s often exploring new things to do in the city: “Every other Friday I get together with girls I have known since junior high school and we go on random adventures around the city, such as taking fencing lessons or visiting the Cloisters.”
For Regan, 1 John 3:18, which says, "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth," is especially meaningful. “People who know me best know that I am a talker,” she explains. “So I find this scripture a good reminder that I should be authentic in the ways I speak to people, not simply giving false or shallow praises. And it also reminds me that words can be empty, but a kind action can change a person's day and show them love in a real way.”
As a church of Jesus Christ, to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
I recently had the opportunity to attend an event at which several Broadway performers sang selections of well-known musicals. As I listened to these amazing artists inhabit the lyrics, I was struck by how the songs that most move and affect us are essentially ‘prayers’. They communicate desires and dreams that can’t be fulfilled without help from the outside, like when Valjean sings in Les Miserables:
He is young, he’s afraid
Let him rest, heaven blessed
Artists are often the ones that remind us most poignantly that to be human is to live in a world in which there are circumstances beyond our control. For a Christian these moments remind us of the importance of developing the discipline and vocabulary of prayer. Prayer is God’s gift to the helpless and needy, an opportunity to not just speak to God, but also listen to him through reading and meditating on his Word. As O. Hallesby put it in his book entitled Prayer (a good book if you are interested in reading a book on Prayer): “As far as I can see, prayer has been ordained only for the helpless. It is the last resort of the helpless.” So as you go into the summer months make time to actively develop your prayer life as you seek to faithfully follow Jesus, the one who taught us to pray.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. – Romans 8:26
Rev. David Bisgrove
NYC Re-Imagined continues throughout June!
Participate in cultural events all month hosted by leaders from our congregation to see God at work throughout every sector of society. Grab a guide book after service at the info table & go online for registration details. This week's West Side events include: UWS Scavenger Hunt.
Are you expecting? Do you have a new baby at home?
We are now offering a free 3-month sermon subscription for you to enjoy while you stay home with your new little one. Please register here. And when you're ready to attend services, the Redeemer Children's Ministry is ready to take care of your baby in our fully staffed nursery.
Serve with the Relief Bus at Port Authority
Saturday, June 22 from 8:00PM to 10:00PM
Distribute food and donated items and develop relationships with people in need at a new outreach location at Port Authority! RSVP.
Set Design Party for VBS at W83
Help with YoungLives Club for Teen Moms
OWLS at W83, Rm 309
Join this light hearted Gospel-centered group for adults (60+). OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Servants) strives to encourage one another to find unique ways our maturity can contribute by reading Tim Keller's Ministries of Mercy together. Come make new friends! For more info, email Ellie at OWLS@redeemer.com.
CFW Conference: Humanizing Work
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