Are you considering Redeemer as your church home? Have questions about our history, our beliefs, our mission and ministry for downtown Charleston–our inquirers’ class is the place for you. Join us Saturday, February 21 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church for our inquirers’ class, which is our first step toward church membership. Read more here about the class, including what recent attendees have to say. Please RSVP here for the class.
I admit sometimes it’s hard for me to give up my lazy SATURDAY mornings to be at the church by 7 am for prayer! However, with a warm cup of coffee in hand, I realize what a quiet and sacred place it is to be. We take the cushions off the benches and kneel beside sisters in Christ to cry out to our God. It is powerful. It is refreshing. I never regret spending my Saturday morning that way. –Lisa Christian
The women of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, gather the second Saturday of each month from 7-9 am in the sanctuary to pray. The Lord has delivered us so that we may take an active role in seeing His Kingdom grow here in Charleston. If your heart desires to cry out to the Lord for Redeemer–its leaders, ministries, missionaries, marriages, young adults at school and home, our neighborhood, city, nation, and the church universal, come join us this Saturday, January 10. We long to see more of His Kingdom come!
Join the Redeemer family this Wednesday, December 24 for a special candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6 pm. We’ll celebrate in this worship service the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. We hope you are filled with awe, adoration, gratitude, hope, and joy as we reflect on the marvelous gift that God has given unto us. Prepare your hearts and your family with our electronic bulletin. Paper bulletins will also be available at the service. We’ll observe the Lord’s Supper during this service as well. Your children of all ages are welcome to participate in this service; there will be no childcare for any ages offered.
Redeemer’s annual Christmas dinner and talent show boasts good eats and musical treats from among our talented congregation.
The Christmas party held last Sunday night, December 14 showcased our Redeemer Kids, dressed as angels to sing their Christmas carols and songs.
Some of the kids prepared special art, songs, and Scripture recitations for the crowd to enjoy.
Several comedy acts even made their way to the stage!
With plenty of talented musicians at Redeemer, we enjoyed beautiful music all night!
During our worship service on Sunday, December 14, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued celebrating Advent, lighting the Shepherd candle–joy at the Savior’s birth. We read Luke’s account of the shepherds’ first hearing of Jesus’ birth.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about his child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:8-11, 17
During the intercessory prayer we focused mainly on The Children’s Home in Bhogpur, India, especially praying for Redeemer’s sponsored kids. The Children’s Home is always in need of more sponsors and other support, so find information here about sponsorships.
Our senior pastor looked at Luke 2:1-7 again this week, especially focusing on Mary & Joseph’s inability to find any room. They may have knocked on many doors within Bethlehem of various cousins or in-laws, but no one would make room for a very pregnant Mary. What blessing would have come to the household willing to open its doors to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
Finally Mary & Joseph ended up at an inn. Inns in those days would have been crowded with the poorest travelers, and no one at the inn took compassion on Mary & Joseph, forcing them to seek shelter in the stable, which would have been a cave attached to the inn for the animals. God in his sovereignty used sinful, selfish people to reject and turn away Mary & Joseph, making his Son’s birth even more humble in our human understanding. As we go through this Christmas season, how much room do we make for Christ? What place does Jesus have in our lives and in our hearts? Listen to the whole sermon here.
Last Saturday, December 6 Redeemer’s sanctuary hosted a fantastic classical concert, titled Gorgeous Twentieth Century English Music. Dock Street Communities sponsored this concert in appreciation of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and our church family enjoyed this beautiful concert for free. We look forward to their next concert that we hope to host in the spring!
What a treat we enjoyed Sunday, December 7 during our worship service at Redeemer Presbyterian Church! Various men from Redeemer sang God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. Perhaps they’ll reprise their song during our annual Christmas party and talent show.
One of our Redeemer-supported missionaries, Bethany, visited us this Sunday, and a group of our elders had the privilege of praying for her and her ministry in Africa. Read more about Bethany’s adventures and be encouraged by her work by reading her blog.
Though most of our newly elected elders were ordained two weeks ago, Kurt Brewer was out of town that Sunday. So our newly elected and ordained elders plus other elders in the congregation gathered around Kurt this Sunday to ordain him into the Session of Redeemer.
Our senior pastor preached from Luke 2:1-7 drawing our attention also to this verse:
But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19
We pondered all the details God orchestrated–Roman rulers, feuds, a census, a long journey on foot, a very pregnant Mary–to have his Son born in Bethlehem, the city of David. God made sure we didn’t miss the point of all he had to do to get Mary to Bethlehem. We examined, “Why Bethlehem?” especially since it was such a small, insignificant clan.
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2
We see God using and choosing the least, the smallest, and the weakest. In the details of His Son’s birth, everything God did communicates to us, “Come near.” He tore down barriers–having his Son, the King of Kings, born in a dirty, smelly stable next to sweaty, road-weary animals, so we have free and open access to the King of Glory. Let’s celebrate these truths this Christmas season! Listen to this sermon and others here.
A huge crowd came to Redeemer last night for chili and tree-decorating! Come this Sunday, December 7 to celebrate the second week of Advent with us and see our lighted and decorated tree. The garlands are strung, and the bows are hung, too. We enjoyed a delicious chili supper before the decorating began. Many thanks to everyone who joined in the festive fun!
UPDATE: Thanks to Cindy for sharing more pictures from the tree-decorating party!