The Church of the Redeemer is an inclusive church and all are very welcome to worship with us. We gladly recognise that everyone, irrespective of age, color of skin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, nationality, disability or background, is a Child of God, valued and loved. We are a Christ-centered church that welcomes all people to worship, prayer, education, fellowship and service.
“Becoming one with Christ, with one another, and with all God’s people” As people of God, we come together in joyful worship, to care for each other, to engage in Christian formation, and to reach out to others thoughtfully and compassionately.
In last week’s announcements, I indicated that the beginning of our church year would be a little different this time. We have agreed on a priest to call with St. Stephen’s but cannot announce who it is until Bishop Gutierrez signs the letter of agreement. He won’t be back from traveling until September 10th. We must then wait 30 days for the priest to give notice to his present church.
We cannot wait that long to start our church year. This Sunday, September 8, we will keep the summer schedule of one service at 9:30. On September 15, we will start with our two services at 8:00 and 10:15 am. Lucy Dure, who has been filling in the last three weeks, has graciously agreed to conduct the two services during the month of September. We will also start Sunday School and Adult Forum on September 15. We will hold off on our Welcome celebration until we know when our new priest will be with us.
At times like this we have a source we can turn to when we are faced with a challenge. When we gather together in Christ’s name, he told us he would be there with us. Let us face this new challenge together and with Christ. Please join us for the beginning of the new church year.