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At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this past Sunday, May 24, we were primed for a celebration and day off with Memorial Day weekend as we came to Deuteronomy 16:1-17 this week. Described in this passage, these holy days, or “holidays,” set the rhythm for Israel, since God told his people through Moses to celebrate Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacle. While some versions of Scripture say “celebrate,” others say “observe.”
Is God someone who wants to be merely observed or celebrated?
And, here’s another consideration: What kind of celebration will God accept? As we looked through Habakkuk, Hebrews, and Psalms, we saw several elements of celebration including silence–awe-struck, jaw-dropped astonishment at God–and joy–dancing and clapping because Jesus is the source of our joy.
Plan a girls’ night with your Redeemer family, and join us for a baby shower of blessings. If you’re a woman at Redeemer, you’re invited for good fun and sweet fellowship. We’ll offer prayers, blessings, well-wishes, and advice for Mallory and her little one. The ladies of the West Ashley (Thursday) Community Group are hosting this event, so RSVP to Frankie so they can prepare enough food. Read here about gift-giving at a Redeemer shower of blessing.
Join us tomorrow, May 24 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, at 9:15 am for a continental breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (provided by the missions committee), as we pray for our Redeemer-supported missionaries.
Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday that’s easily viewed on any tablet; we do offer paper bulletins (including a LARGE PRINT edition) on Sunday morning as well. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship this weekend. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of how to get involved in current ministry opportunities, and other details about our worship service and church life. Or read the current edition of our weekly email newsletter below:
This weekend start your Sunday morning, May 24 off at 9:15 with praying for the needs of our Redeemer-supported missionaries and missions projects. The missions committee is providing a continental breakfast, so we can focus our attention on lifting up the requests of our brothers and sisters serving around the world.
A series like Christ and Culture, which we just finished, is both exhilarating and exhausting. There’s an exhilaration that comes as we throw ourselves head first into a discussion on culture and how to impact it. The exhaustion follows quickly though as we see our frailty and failings.
Honestly, that seems to be the general pattern of my life. My transition from semester to summer sure feels like that. Exhilaration and exhaustion. Celebration and collapse. Strength and sadness. Delight and depression. Happiness and heartache.
Where can I go with such a range of emotion and experience?
Some of history’s greatest poets and songwriters knew where. And their answers are well-preserved for us in the Psalms. According to Walter Brueggemann’s The Message of the Psalms, these writings
articulate the entire gamut of Israel’s speech to God, from profound praise to the utterance of unspeakable anger and doubt…In this literature the community of faith has heard and continues to hear the sovereign speech of God, who meets the community in its depths of need and in its heights of celebration. The Psalms draw our entire life under the rule of God, where everything may be submitted to the God of the gospel.
Sounds like I need a summer in the Psalms! How about you?
Join us for the next adult Christian-Education series beginning Sunday, June 7. Coffee is always provided at 9:15 am, and we begin promptly at 9:30. Bring your own wide range of emotion and experience as we spend a summer in the Psalms.
The latest recommendation from our Red Door Book Store is an autobiography called Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi.
I have just finished reading in one afternoon an autobiography to recommend HIGHLY: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi. The book is highly recommended in the opening pages by Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, Os Guinness, and several other Christian scholars and professors. I would never read an expository book on Christian apologetics, but this book is a narrative, the eloquent testimony of a man who had to examine closely both the claims of Islam and the claims of Christianity. It is the testimony of a man who grew up in a loving home, admiring his parents, trusting all that they taught him. He handles his discussion of them and their faith with respectful, loving care, yet he seeks relentlessly the TRUTH in every page. His search made me realize how much more rigorously we need to research the solid foundation on which our faith rests, and it shows how we must LOVE the men, women, and children to whom we present the gospel, for it was the LOVE of his friend David that urged and challenged the author to keep asking honest questions and seeking TRUTH. –Frankie Bennett
This past Sunday, May 17 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, the older children finished the Catechism unit over the Ten Commandments. They spent time reviewing and reciting the commandments before enjoying a few refreshments. Encourage your children in this accomplishment by continuing to review the commandments with them.
This next Sunday, May 24 the class will turn its focus to prayer. For the next four weeks, they will spend time learning what is prayer and how to do it. They will learn about this wonderful gift from God as the class studies The Lord’s Prayer.
Since this coming Sunday, May 24 is also the missions prayer breakfast, the children will first enjoy food in the fellowship hall with their families at 9:15 am before heading to class where they will spend some time learning about our RPC-supported missionaries serving in Cambodia. After their own time of prayer, the children will begin their Catechism lesson. Lauren Martin and Matt & Laura Slagel will continue to teach the elementary class for the next four weeks.
The preschoolers just wrapped up their Catechism unit on sin, a heavy subject that dealt with what is sin and what are the consequences of it. The young ones performed fabulously well in learning the questions and answers and after reciting them enjoyed a little party.
Beginning this Sunday, May 24, the next four weeks of the Catechism lessons will be on The Fall, including how it brought separation from God and how we still suffer under the consequences today. But, not to worry, because the following four weeks of their study will be on God’s great grace.
Please have your children enjoy a quick bite at the missions prayer breakfast with you in the Fellowship Hall first before heading to class. Kent & Ashley Lowry will be the preschool teachers for the next four weeks.
Last Sunday afternoon the women of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, gathered for a special luncheon honoring our newest brides and brides-to-be with a big bridal shower of blessings. Over delicious sandwiches and salads, we enjoyed fellowship with these precious women–many of whom are new to the Redeemer family. After lunch we shared marriage advice and stories, then we prayed for the Lord’s blessings on these marriages and households.
Our next women’s event will squeeze in just before summer starts! The West Ashley (Thursday) Community Group will host a baby shower of blessings for Mallory on Friday night, May 29 at 7:30, and everyone’s invited to join in the fun and fellowship. RSVP to Frankie, so the hosts can prepare enough yummy food. Read here about gift-giving at a Redeemer shower of blessing.
If you want to know more about Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our inquirers’ class gives you the opportunity to ask questions and get answers. Our next class scheduled for Saturday, May 30 is the first step toward church membership. Read more details about the class here, and come see why a recent attendee calls the class an “exciting first step in becoming a member.”