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Ancient Faith Transforming Modern Lives: The Psalms

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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

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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 […]

Epiphany

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By Steve Baird Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th and falls on the 12th day of Christmas. The word epiphany means “manifestation” or “revelation” and is usually associated in Western Christianity with the visit of the wise men (Magi) to the Christ child. Through the Magi, who by tradition came from Persia (modern day Iraq), […]

Go Forth: Small Acts of Compassion

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By Haley Scharf When I read the gospels I am struck by Jesus’ compassion to those who long for hope. He was moved by the suffering he saw and did not turn away from those who came to him for healing. This is at once a great comfort (because we can know he is not […]

Reconciliation

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This week’s post is by John Lundgren, a member of Church of the Redeemer and a leader of our men’s prayer ministry. A physician by vocation, John has a heart for spiritual healing as well.  Earlier in December, he gave this teaching on reconciliation at a men’s prayer meeting. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 17 Therefore, if anyone is […]

Waiting In The Dark – Part Two

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By Brynna Jones Part 2: Anticipation — or Waiting for “It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Is it?  Is it really? Last winter, I spent a lot of time waiting for my anxiety-induced illness and fatigue to pass so that I could do my work; work that […]

Waiting In The Dark – Part One

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This week’s post comes in two parts. Both are by Brynna Jones, who will be leaving us soon for a position on the East Coast.  We will miss Brynna and the many gifts, including her music, that she shares with our church. We wish her well. By Brynna Jones Part 1: Perseverance — or Waiting […]

Deacons

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Over the past few months, Church of the Redeemer has been blessed several times in our worship services by the ministry of Deacon Liz Stewart, Pastor of Children’s & Family Ministry at Church of the Cross in Hopkins.  Along with Bishops and Priests, Deacons belong to what is what is known as the threefold order of ministry.  This […]

Giving and Gratitude

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As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we reflect on giving and gratitude. Barbara Leafblad writes about her own thank-you list, and Sarah Lundgren writes about packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. By Barbara Leafblad At our Thanksgiving meal this year, we will go around the table and say what we are thankful for. This always […]

Women’s Retreat: Being the Beloved

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The women of Church of the Redeemer gathered last month for a weekend retreat to fellowship, pray and study Henri Nouwen’s book, Life of the Beloved. More than 30 women (and one infant!) participated. Today’s blog post features reflections from three women who attended the retreat.   I came away from the women’s retreat with my […]