For this Sunday, July 5

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, Christian-Education Hour, Sunday SchoolCelebrate freedom in Christ with us at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this Sunday, July 5. During our adult Christian-Education class at 9:15 am, our Summer in the Psalms series resumes. Read Kurt’s preview of this Sunday’s featured psalm.

Then join us for our worship service at 10:30 where our senior pastor will continue our series in Deuteronomy, focusing this week on Deuteronomy 18:9-22.

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:

7/2/15 – Redeemer’s Email Blast

If you’re new or visiting, welcome to Charleston and Redeemer! We hope you’ll join us, and be sure to check out our details for Sunday worship including important information about parking.

‘Crash Course on Reading Poetry’ | Psalm 2

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, Christian-Education Hour, Sunday SchoolPsalm 2 has always grabbed my attention in a unique way. In part, I think that’s because it directly follows Psalm 1–an oft-read and natural starting point for any reader of Israel’s hymnbook. Psalm 1 is fairly easy, even for a novice reader. The imagery of a tree planted by streams of water invites you in and the contrasts between the wicked and the righteous are simple to see. Psalm 2, only a quick hop from its predecessor, must be equally easy on the eyes.

Not so I’m afraid.

Psalm 2 is like a crash course on reading poetry, imprecatory literature, redemptive history, and eschatology all at once. The characters are complex: The nations rage, God both laughs and punishes, there’s an earthly King and then a heavenly King, the Son gives both wrath and refuge. What on earth is going on here?

I don’t know yet, but I’m eager to figure it out with you.

Like me, I imagine that you too have stumbled across and stumbled over Psalm 2. I hope you’ll join us this Sunday morning, July 5 for our Christian-Education hour at 9:15 as we continue our series Summer in the Psalms.

Funeral Service for John Evans

John EvansOur dear brother John Evans passed into glory on Monday, June 29, and now we’ll gather to celebrate his life and to comfort Nell, his widow. Read his obituary here.

His funeral service will be held Thursday, July 2 in The Chapel at Bishop Gadsden (1 Bishop Gadsden Way, 29412) at 6 pm. The viewing will be held one hour prior to the service, and everyone’s invited to a reception with the family afterwards.

Short-Term Missions: Burma


In July one of our elders at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, will travel to Burma with a local organization called Remember to work with the kids in the Faith and Agape Children’s Homes, which house children from oppressed ethnic minorities. Some of the children have lost one or both of their parents directly because of persecution. Remember has been in the process of building a new home for these children–one that will accommodate their needs by providing a safe place for them grow, learn life skills, attend school, and play soccer!

The team hopes to complete the new children’s home, provide medical checks for the children and others in the community, and spend time with the kids showing them the love of Christ. 

Our own Todd Christian, a skilled contractor, shares why he’s joined the Remember team to Burma:

I was immediately interested when I heard the local organization, Remember, was looking to build a team of people with medical and construction skills, along with those who just have a heart to work with children to go to Burma this summer. We’ll be working at Remember’s orphanages which houses many children who have lost their parents due to religious persecution. Our goal will be to complete the construction of 75 bunk bed sets, cabinets, and install the electrical and plumbing systems. It is a big task, so we depend upon God to help us accomplish more than we are naturally able.

Join the Redeemer family in praying for Todd and the rest of the Remember team! If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, visit Todd’s fundraising page here.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, Missions

Read about other short-term missions trips that involve members of the Redeemer family, and check out Redeemer’s missions page highlighting our impact around the world.

‘Age of Individualism’ | Sermon Series

Small Groups, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCLast year The Age of Individualism was published by The New York Times. Though it began “IN the future, it seems, there will be only one “ism” — Individualism — and its rule will never end. As for religion, it shall decline;…” the article goes on to argue “that the human desire for community and authority cannot be permanently buried.”

As we’ve studied Deuteronomy in our current sermon series at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we’ve seen how community is at the heart of the structure for daily life that God puts in place for his people. God ordained feasts, festivals, judges, priests, prophets, and eventually kings for their daily life, so the community wouldn’t fracture. So it is with us: God wants us to live together in community, and he designed us to live in community. But living in community calls for great vulnerability. Listen to the whole sermon here.

We make getting involved in community easy here at Redeemer! Check out our community groups page to find a vibrant community of believers living, working, and serving near you.

Covenant of Life | RK Recap, June 28

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, preschool, elementary

At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our littlest learners are working hard to learn their latest Catechism questions, covering big topics like sin and its punishment and the Lord’s Prayer.

Preschool Class
This week the preschoolers reviewed the events of the fall when Adam, who represented the whole human race, sinned. They learned that no one can do anything good enough to be forgiven of sin and go to Heaven, but the good news is that Jesus took all of our sins upon himself when He died on the cross for us. Even though we deserve God’s punishment, Jesus took that wrath for us because He loves us. Now we can be forgiven and go to Heaven with Him if we trust in Jesus.

43. Can anyone be saved through the covenant of life?  No. No one can be saved through the covenant of life.
44. Why can’t anyone be saved through the covenant of life?  Because all have broken it and are condemned by it.
45. How did you break the covenant of life?  Adam represented all people, and so I fell with Adam in his first sin.

Elementary Class
This week the elementary students learned about the sixth petition of the Lord’s prayer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” They learned what temptation means and learned about a time when King Saul and his son Jonathan were tempted (from I Samuel). Satan used something that looked very appealing (becoming the king one day and having the lifestyle of a king) to tempt Jonathan into sinning against God. Satan tempts us all the time with things that seem so appealing, even if we know they are wrong. He especially tempts us not to pray and trust God, but we must learn to trust God even when he answers us by telling us “no” or that we have to wait.

124. What is the sixth petition?  The sixth petition is “And to lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
125. What does it mean to pray, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”?We are asking God to keep us from being tempted and to make us strong enough to resist when we are tempted.

Review previous Catechism questions here.

For this Sunday, June 28

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, MissionsJoin us for our missions spotlight this Sunday, June 28 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, during our adult Christian-Education class. Zach will share stories of God’s faithfulness through his work and ministry in Asia. The missions committee will provide coffee and continental breakfast foods beginning at 9:15 am.

Then join us for our worship service at 10:30 where our senior pastor will continue our series in Deuteronomy, focusing this week on Deuteronomy 16 and 17.

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:

6/26/15 – Redeemer’s Email Blast

If you’re new or visiting, welcome to Charleston and Redeemer! We hope you’ll join us, and be sure to check out our details for Sunday worship including important information about parking.