Subject: West Side Update – April 14
April 14, 2014
“I find that the deeper I serve, the more I witness God at work in my life and in others’,” says Will Anderson.
Will has lived in NYC for nine years. Though he originally felt like it was the cold, fast-paced, overwhelming New York City of the movies, he is now struck by how much it feels like a small town he can consider home.
“In large part, I owe that loving, small-town feel to my Community Groups and my involvement over the last two years with them,” says Will, who has helped lead two Community Groups. He lives in Astoria and works in installing lighting for Broadway, Fashion Week and corporate shindigs. “It’s my backstage pass to the city,” says Will.
This year’s focus on Public Faith has helped Will face some of his fears. “This focus on being public with my faith has helped to open up a bold new way to live — eager and ready to share and help in a real way,” he says. “I gain strength and insight from my Christian friends and fresh understanding and self-reflection from my non-Christian ones.”
Though Will’s involved in many extracurricular activities — participating in his Community Groups, playing touch football with fellow Redeemerites, swimming, running, playing his guitar and, recently, learning to dance salsa and bachata — he’s found that it’s not the activities that make his life matter, but the heart and compassion he opens himself up to while doing it.
“Reordering my priorities and putting God first has given my life the daily balance and fullness I’d always been hoping for,” he says.
No longer overwhelmed by the cold hustle and bustle of the city, “I’m now overwhelmed with God’s blessings and guidance — something that was always there and waiting for me to discover,” says Will.
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists 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.
People and cultures have always had ways of saying things by doing things, like the high five to celebrate victory, a handshake to greet friends or close a deal, military salutes to communicate respect for authority — the list goes on.
Yesterday on the first day of Holy Week, millions of Christians around the world, including those in our West Side congregation, carried palm branches into the streets of their towns and cities. What was “being said”? Jesus is King! During this week that culminates in the darkness of death and the light of resurrection, Palm Sunday reminds us that to be a Christian is to publicly affirm in front of the whole world, “I am a subject of the King of kings” (Matthew 21:5; Mark 11:10). It reminds us that our ultimate loyalty is to the politics of Jesus and his kingdom, and that we are to live those political values out in the way Jesus demonstrated, by taking up our cross daily.
See you on the other side of the grave!
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
Rev. David Bisgrove
Holy Week: This is it!
Hope for New York: Easter sacrificial offering this Sunday
Did you know our Communion bread is gluten-free?
Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve from Hope for New York. As always, you can check their Volunteer page to see opportunities by neighborhood and service type.
Help with Easter Outreach with World Vision & A House on Beekman
Serve Easter Sunday lunch to UWS seniors
Monday, April 21, at 7:00PM, 335 W 51st St
Help with packing food bags for the St. Paul’s House pantry, which provides emergency food for their neighbors in need. R.S.V.P. for April 21 here.
City Rhythms: Film
Gospel & Stewardship workshops
Kids in the city?
Open Forum: ‘Sex and the Romantic Solution’
Redeemer’s Got Talent!
Registration deadline: Thursday, May 1
Retreat: Friday, May 16, at 1:00PM to Sunday, May 18, at 3:00PM
As a follow-up to the Beyond Abuse Seminar, the Diaconate would like to offer a three-day retreat for sexual abuse survivors. The retreat focuses not on the past, but offers you spiritual tools to help you move beyond the abuse and look to the future. The impact of abuse is considered alongside the current challenges you face. For more information, visit here or email.
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