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Advent Practices – Part 3

by oftheredeemer

By Haley Scharf If you are unfamiliar with the Advent tradition of O Antiphons prayers, you’re in for a treat. They are an ancient monastic tradition (dating to at least the 8th century A.D.) that I knew nothing about a few years ago. But once I learned about them, they quickly became one of my […]

Advent Practices – Part 2

by oftheredeemer

By Haley Scharf Advent is a time to remember that we are a people of hope because we have a God who keeps his promises! Long ago he promised a Messiah, and his word was fulfilled when Jesus came the first time. Now we have a promise that Jesus will come back again to fully […]

Advent Practices

by oftheredeemer

Advent: Awaiting the Light By E.R. I was asked to share about my Advent practices at our church’s soup supper on Nov. 12, as we all begin preparing the way for the Advent season. The content I shared during that time follows below, along with a list of resources that Haley and I drew together. […]

Faithful Presence: Together For Good

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By Sonia Keillor The past few months brought our family an opportunity to step out in faith, trusting that where we were lacking, God would provide. Last May, we began the process of becoming a host family for an organization called Safe Families, which provides care for vulnerable children whose mothers often have no safe […]

Children’s Books for Lent

by oftheredeemer

by Haley Scharf Today’s post on Redeemer Journal is by Haley Scharf, who in the past has blogged about theological literature for children at aslanslibrary.wordpress.com. Individual reviews of most of the books she mentions below can be found there. One of the ways my children have become familiar with the rhythms of the church year […]

Ancient Faith Transforming Modern Lives: The Laity in the Liturgy

by oftheredeemer

By Joshua Ford Throughout our worship services, we encounter many exclamations uttered by the laity. “Kyrie elëison,” “Alleluia,” “Hosanna in the highest,” “Hear our prayer,” “Thanks be to God,” and the all-important “Amen” are peppered throughout the liturgical practices of the Church across time. But what do they mean? What function or role do they […]

Reflecting on the senseless

by Andrew Garnett

By Andy Bramsen Your love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good… Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Have the same attitude toward all… If possible, live peaceably with everyone. (Romans 12:9, 15-16a, 18) These past few days have been heart-wrenching. Two young African-American men killed […]

Sent Out In Mission: Jordan McGurran

by oftheredeemer

Church of the Redeemer is excited to send out Jordan McGurran as a supported missionary this spring!  In the post below, Jordan shares about his opportunity to serve with Uganda Partners and Uganda Christian University in Mukano, Uganda. “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” […]

Ancient Faith Transforming Modern Lives: The Psalms

by oftheredeemer

Today’s Redeemer Journal post is by Joshua Ford, who has written about chanting of the psalms in our worship service. Although chant is one of the earliest modes of Christian worship, it may be new to many of us, and Church of the Redeemer has been blessed by Joshua’s knowledge and gifts in this form […]

Connected To Community: Lenten Soup Suppers and Prayer

by oftheredeemer

By Sarah Lundgren     Lenten Soup Suppers have long played a prominent role in the spiritual formation of our church. Our first gatherings as a church family were around the Lenten soup supper table at Roseville Covenant back in 2007 – back when we all still had flip phones. It’s where I first met […]