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Last Week of Sabbatical

Pastor Tony returns for Easter this Sunday.  Sabbatical has been a wonderful season of seeking and renewal.  Let’s spend this last week in prayer and anticipation.  To get a good start, here is last Sunday’s prayer for renewal by Lori Lawrence.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the Earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak
(Isaiah 40).

Let’s pray:

Father, I pray this morning for your people assembled here and for our pastor, Tony.
We ask that you hold before us a vision of your kingdom on earth.

A kingdom where
the weak are protected and none go hungry,
the earth’s abundance is shared so that all can enjoy it,
different people and cultures enjoy the dignity and respect that you show them as bearers of your image.

A kingdom where peace is built on justice,
And, especially, a kingdom where your name is exalted and your mercy extends to all.

Father, if we are to walk in this kingdom, to be a part of its advance, we need you to teach us to wait on you each day so that when quick decisions and actions are needed we mount up with wings as eagles.

When we have to persevere under pressure, we are able to run and not grow weary.

When the days seem dull, dry, routine and unrewarding, we can walk and not faint.

We call on you, the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, who never grows tired or weary, whose understanding no one can fathom.

Now we pray as your son Jesus taught us

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever amen.

The Diaconate Easter Offering: Into the History and Heart of It

April 13, Redeemer has the opportunity to give to the Diaconate Easter Offering, an annual tradition since the church was founded in 1999.

Lori Lawrence, a first generation deacon, comments, “Before we had a diaconate there was a Mercy Team, and the offering in those days was for their work, with similar mission and goals as today.”

Though the “Mercy Team” has been renamed, mercy ministry is at the core of the Easter Offering.  As Deacon Sonny Grupta mentions, “The message of Easter is ‘new life,’ and that is what we hope the diaconate can offer to those that are in need.”

The purpose of the offering is two-fold: first, to create a means for the church to provide financial, emotional, and spiritual support to attendees in times of crisis, and second, to support our community through local ministries with whom we have strong relationships.

The care of our congregation is primary:  “Taking care of the needs of people in our congregation is our first priority; it’s what we allocate most of our funds to. We meet with members who are going through tough times. Often our assistance involves mainly prayer and guidance to available resources, but often there is financial assistance given, as well. We look for ways we can come along side and assist people in our church body who are struggling,”says Diaconate Chair Sara Peterson.

Last year the offering raised $13,000.  With it, Redeemer families were supported along with various ministries.  For example, money was used to provide food for our volunteer nights at the homeless shelter, some scholarships to New City Kids, and support for In Jesus Name and Open Door ministries when supplies were low.

As Redeemer continues the offering, it can act on compassion by giving, feeding, clothing, and praying for our brothers and sisters.  And when we do this, we are essentially helping Jesus get back on his feet.  Now that’s beautiful.