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Ash Wednesday

by oftheredeemer

“For we to die are ready, Who, living, cling to thee.” – From the German hymn Bei dir, Jesu, will ich bleiben by Karl Johann Philipp Spitta By Deacon Dawn Lundgren Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of prayer and fasting in the wilderness. We think of this time as […]

Testimony of the Resurrection

by oftheredeemer

By Molly Riley This winter’s narrative Bible study taught me to listen to scripture and attend to its details in a new way. Each week we listened to a different story from the Gospels about Jesus’ encounters with women. We learned to paint the setting in our minds as we listened, discussed the details of […]

Shrove Tuesday: Why Pancakes?

by oftheredeemer

By Heather Walker Peterson Before my family’s fast begins in Lent, we follow the Anglican tradition of feasting on pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. But why pancakes? Unless my husband is making his rich Swedish pancakes, really crepes with spoons of sugar added, pancakes don’t seem like the kind of food many would refrain from. I […]

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

by oftheredeemer

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 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 […]