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Our precious children began our worship service on Palm Sunday by waving palm branches and singing their special song Hosanna. What a blessing to see their cute faces and hear their sweet voices lifting up the praise of our Savior!
Our Uganda 2014 team is preparing their hearts and minds for the upcoming trip this summer, and this online article about Alexander Mackay’s work for the cause of Christ in Uganda is a must-read. Ben Mosteller, one of our deacons who’s leading the trip to Uganda, gives us his thoughts about the pioneering work of this early missionary:
Alexander Mackay blazed through uncharted territory in Uganda back in the 1870s, and we will be experiencing the fruit of his labors this summer, nearly 150 years later. A Scottish missionary who answered God’s tug on his heart to serve in Africa, Mackay had to literally cut his way from the coast of East Africa into the heart of the continent to Lake Victoria and eventually what is now Uganda.
This article recounts the hardships of a man with a passion for seeing lost people come to Christ. Mackay took the mantra of John the Baptist, that he was “preparing the way for the coming of the Lord.” He dealt with many difficulties, not the least of which was the king of Uganda at the time. Mackay spoke boldly and with conviction to the king, saying things to the king like, “The greatness [of people] will pass away and their souls are lost in the darkness of belief in wizards and charms, while I know that my soul is saved by Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and therefore I have spiritual riches that never perish.” What boldness!
God used Mackay to bring many people to Himself, but the king (and later, his son) turned on the Christians due to the persuasion and lies of Muslim slave traders. These men were trying to manipulate the king, but Mackay spoke out against the injustice of slavery, which the king was doing to his own people. At different points, the king ordered Christians to be tortured and killed. But the passion for Christ never died. Even three boys, aged 12-15, were tortured and burned for standing up for their faith! God used Mackay in mighty ways until he died of Malaria at 41, and we still see the legacy of his work today.
It is amazing to read of the history of those who have gone before us to this great land to share Christ with its people. We are honored to follow in Mackay’s footsteps these many years later. Not that we (or Mackay) labor for renown and glory. As one Christian who was killed for preaching the Gospel in Uganda said, “I have bought this road with my life!” His blood paved the way for many Christ followers to come. We now prepare to journey down this road to continue God’s work in Uganda–for His glory alone!
Redeemer welcomed 14 new members last Sunday. We’re excited to see how the Lord will use this crop of new members, as we seek to be a Gospel presence in downtown Charleston! As a first step to church membership, these new members attended our last inquirers’ class back in February. Our next class will most likely be held at the end of summer; let us know your interest in our next class using the form on our website.
Come celebrate Palm Sunday with us tomorrow, April 13! We’ll begin our Christian-Ed. hour at 9:15 am; refresh your memory, adults, on Romans 1-8 with this thematic representation. The children are singing their special Hosanna song tomorrow, so they need to be in the sanctuary for practice at 9:15.
Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of timely announcements, and other details about our worship service and church life. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from John 12:12-33.
Catch these cuties on Palm Sunday, April 13 as the children help us celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with special music including shouts of “Hosanna!” and palm branches. Enjoy these pictures from Palm Sunday 2012, and make plans to join us for all the festivities during Easter Week. #TBT
Redeemer’s men will camp again this spring on Wadmalaw Island with plenty of grilling, skeet-shooting, boating, playing, and fishing to make the event relaxing and fun. Make plans now to join the men beginning at noon on Friday, May 30 through the afternoon of Saturday, May 31, and RSVP to Todd Christian to ensure you’ll get all the details. Tyler Martin, one of our deacons, enjoyed the camping event last year:
Best part of the trip was getting to know brothers at Redeemer on a deeper level and studying the Word/discussing what it means to be a man after God’s own heart. A time to discover new talents, interests, or struggles that you may share with those who sit next to you on Sundays. I love experiencing God’s creation up close and personal. I need the friendship and accountability of other Godly men, and I need to get revenge in Capture The Flag.
This year children are invited to accompany their fathers for this camping event, and feel free to invite friends and neighbors, too. Tyler recommends camping with Redeemer for two reasons: “If you are looking to get more plugged in and know members of your church family on a deeper level. If you like shooting guns and not showering for 2 days.” For men and kids alike–what could be better?
Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of timely announcements, and other details about our worship service and church life.
Since it’s the first Sunday of the month, we’re observing the Lord’s Supper together as a church family following the sermon during the worship service. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from Deuteronomy 7, and you can hear other sermons in the Deuteronomy series.
In preparation for Redeemer’s trip this summer to Uganda, the team is reading this out-of-print, little known book called I Love Idi Amin. Lauren Martin, who’s participating in this year’s trip, shares her thoughts:
Our Uganda team is working to prepare our hearts and minds for our trip to Uganda in July. We are all reading a book called I Love Idi Amin to learn a little history of Christians in Uganda. I Love Idi Amin is an account of the persecution of Christians in Uganda. Idi Amin was the President of Uganda from 1971-1979. During his Presidency and in the 100 years leading up to it, many Christians were persecuted for their beliefs.
One of the most memorable anecdotes was a story of three boys ages 11-15 who were burned in a fire in 1885 because of their faith. Here is the part that struck me the most:
“Little Yusufu said, ‘Please don’t cut off my arms. I will not struggle in the fire that takes me to Jesus!’ Forty adults came to Jesus the day the boys died. This was a new kind of life, which fire and torture could not control.”
This book reminded me that God gives us no promise of a safe or comfortable life. In fact the Bible pretty much guarantees some level of persecution or suffering for followers of Christ. The world could very well take my home, job, possessions, family, or even my life; but nothing and no one can take away my relationship with the Lord and my eternal life that is in Christ. That is a type of life this world cannot offer, and it is so easy to take that for granted and forget just how precious it is.
It is hard to understand why God would let Idi Amin and so many other world leaders come into power. It is difficult to justify why God would allow persecution throughout history and even still today. But this book tells story after story of horrific persecution leading to more people finding true life in Christ, and ultimately God is glorified every time.
Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of timely announcements, and other details about our worship service and church life. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from Deuteronomy 7:7-9, and you can hear other sermons in the Deuteronomy series.