In his sermon this week, Pastor Craig explains the reality behind the small phrase, “Joseph considered these things,” which are words that we often take for granted during the Christmas season. In Matthew’s account of the birth of Christ, the angel who visits Joseph tells him not to be afraid—but what was he afraid of? Craig postulates that, because Joseph was deemed to be a righteous man in God’s eyes, he was afraid of sinning against God by taking Mary as his wife. Just one of the many beautiful aspects of this story that we sometimes overlook is how God met Joseph in his fear, just as he does for each and every one of us. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Join us this Thursday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, for our Christmas Eve service at 6 pm. Our special candlelight service held in our sanctuary (43 Wentworth St., 29401) is open to the public. We’ll celebrate in this worship service the birth of our 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. Here’s the worship bulletin for our special service with candlelight, carols, and Scripture. Your children of all ages are welcome to participate in this service; there will be no childcare for any ages offered.
Our special Advent class for the whole church family continued this past Sunday, December 13 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. The children got to play with their food by making nativity scenes!
After quickly assembling edible nativity scenes, Tony led us in other frantic Christmastime activities: writing cards, wrapping gifts, setting up Christmas trees, and stringing lights. Participants had only a few minutes to complete their hurried tasks!
As we hurried from one task to another, we all felt the “Christmas-rush” that so often fills our holiday season. Our Bible story slowed us down and focused us on the original Christmas story from Luke 2, as we talked about “making room in our hearts for Jesus.” Check out pictures from Week 1 and Week 2.
We continued our Advent sermon series this past Sunday, December 13 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, with Matthew 11:2-12. Since our culture has shaped us into people who doubt what we see (e.g., Photoshopped pictures), our senior pastor challenged us by asking: How big of a doubter are you?
We looked at the passage in Matthew where John the Baptist reveals his doubts concerning Jesus’ actions–from preaching the Beatitudes and teaching people how to pray, to telling people to do unto others and healing the sick. When Jesus doesn’t fit our picture of him in our minds, like John we can begin to doubt. Yet what did John do with his doubt? He went straight to Jesus! And we can talk just as honestly to Jesus as John did. Jesus pointed John to Scripture and extended grace to him, reassuring John and us from a place of doubt. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our Christmas Eve service at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Thursday, December 24 at 6 pm in our sanctuary (43 Wentworth St., 29401) is open to the public. 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. Join us for a special service with candlelight, carols, and Scripture. Your children of all ages are welcome to participate in this service; there will be no childcare for any ages offered.
As Kurt led the brave volunteers in some impossible tasks this past Sunday, December 6 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our Advent Christian-education class enjoyed rooting for the kids who tried to raise one eyebrow only or touch their elbows with their tongues.
Then Margaret used the big felt board to tell the incredible stories of the births of John the Baptist and Jesus with plenty of audience participation as the different characters in those stories. We learned that nothing is impossible with God!
Join us next Sunday, December 13 for Week 3 in our Advent series for our church family! Check out pictures from Week 1.
I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said “I’m sorry” to God, to others, or to myself only to commit the same sin I apologized for mere moments later. Craig’s sermon this Sunday focused on repentance—true repentance consisting of not just saying that we are sorry, but actually making a radical, dramatic change in our behavior. This transformation, of course, cannot happen without God’s mercy. Craig taught that change in our lives is possible (hallelujah!), but only when we are repentant. Because God is gracious, He does for humanity what it cannot do on its own. He provides a way for me and you to move from “naughty” to “nice” (to reference Santa Claus Is Coming to Town) through his unlimited mercy and forgiveness. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Advent started last week at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, during our Christian-education hour. Our whole church family gathers for a special time together of songs, games, snacks, stories told on the big board, and plenty of interactive activities for kids and adults. Join us this Sunday, December 6 at 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall as we continue our special Advent class.
Our Advent class for our whole church family began last Sunday, November 29 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Enjoy the pictures from that first week, including a blindfold game. Read this encouragement from Kurt Brewer about why we make the effort during this busy season to celebrate Advent together as a church family. Then join us next Sunday, December 6 at 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall!
As we began Advent this past Sunday, November 29 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor began a short sermon series to inspire us to not waste the wait. Read his latest post from the Pastor’s Corner.
He challenged us to think about how we spend our time: What are we doing while we wait for the return of the King? How does the certainty of Advent shape our time while we wait? He encouraged us to be salt and light and ambassadors for Christ while we wait. And what do waiting people do? We watch. We prepare ourselves. We serve faithfully. The really exciting stuff is coming: The King will return! We must make the most of the time given to us by the Lord. Listen to the whole sermon here.