Founded in 1886, we are an Anglo-Catholic congregation in Woodfin, within the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Our purpose is to worship God in the beauty of holiness, to teach the faith in such a way that we may be empowered to serve our Lord in this world, and bring others into the fellowship of the Body of Christ. We are dedicated to maintaining the Anglican traditions that have formed our worship over the ages.
We welcome all baptized Christians to receive Holy Communion at the altar of God. If you are visiting for the first time, we welcome you to the Episcopal Church. Please make yourself known to Father Hanks.
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Notes on the Service...
...for November 2, 2014, if not kept as All Saints; 21st Sunday after Pentecost,
Prop 26 Josh 3:7-17; Ps 107:1-7,33-37; I Thes 2:9-13, 17-20; Mt 23:1-12
Coming as it does this year one day after All Saints Day, today's collect features the same imagery of racing ("that we may run without stumbling to obtain thy heavenly promises") as does the All Saints proper preface, ("...run with patience the race that is set before us....")
As last Sunday's first reading finished the story of Moses, it described Joshua as "full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him." Today Joshua takes up Moses' role, parting waters.
Continuing Deuteronomy's story, the Book of Joshua writes up the the Israelite settlement of Canaan as a swift military triumph led by Joshua, aided by divine intervention. The story begins with the spying out of Jericho and continues with the crossing of the Jordan River, on a spring day according to the writer(s) about 1200 B.C.
The ark functions as a totem or a medicine bundle which escorts and protects Israel. It, more than Joshua, parts Jordan. The narrative is unclear about its bearers, whether they are Levites, "priests," who would have been members of only one tribe, or whether they were for this special occasion twelve representatives of the twelve tribes. When their feet enter the waters, the river stops flowing eighteen miles upstream, possibly because of an earthquake and a landslide there, so that the Israelites can pass over with dry feet, as in the Exodus.
Psalm 107 is a collective thanksgiving. Verses 1-7 acclaim God's kindness to Israel in bringing them back from exile. Verses 33-37 hail God's ability to turn desert into lush farms and vice versa, which the vss 35-37 see illustrated in Israel's seizure of Canaan's farmlands.
Paul reminds his congregation how zealous and how fatherly his treatment of them had been, and how he had earned his own living rather than burden them. He is pleased that they had been so receptive to the Word which he had conveyed. Notice the contrast between Paul's "true and laudable service" with the disservices of hypocrites which Jesus denounces.
Matthew pictures Jesus having silenced Jerusalem's proud and self-serving religious leaders, then exhorting the leaders of his own movement to humility and mutual service instead of status-seeking and title-mongering. Not all holders of church offices have heeded his admonition against clerical pretensions.
Daylight Savings Time Ends: Remember to set your clock back one hour Saturday as we return to standard time.
Sunday will be All Saints Sunday. The next day, Monday, November 3, will be observed as All Souls Day. Steve Weissman will celebrate a requiem on Monday at 12:05 noon at St. Mary's Church on North Charlotte St. so he will not be at Redeemer for Noonday Prayer.
Wednesday will be the last First Wednesday Pot Luck Supper and Evensong until after Easter. Please mark your calendars and make it a great celebration. Supper at 6, Evensong at 7.
Time to Fleece the Students: We are sponsoring Patti Lyda's class at Bell Elementary for the Christmas holidays. We have 24 fleece throws ready to share with the students. They cost $4.00 each. If you would like to donate, please give your donation to Marilyn Stevens. By the way, to see the joy these throws brought to her class last year, look at the pictures on the bulletin board.
Raffle Tickets are on sale, just $2.00 each, for the carving donated to the church by Linda Hanks. Please ask your friends, the butcher, your physician, anyone you meet to buy a ticket for this fine work of art, being sure to let them know the equally fine purpose their purchase will support – your church! As you buy/sell tickets, please give those funds to Linda Hanks.
Bulletin Relief: Maryann Presnell has been preparing the Sunday bulletin for almost three years now and would like to give someone else a chance! It is a good way to serve your church. If you would like to take over this job, please let her know.
Phone Tree Relief: After five years, Bill Smith would also like to renew his offer to give someone else a chance to take over the Phone Tree ministry. If you are looking for a way to be more involved in your church, this is another good way to serve.
Friday, October 31 – Redeemer's "Howling Good" Halloween Party begins aroud 5:30. Come in costume or come as you are, just come and enjoy. Bring a snack and drop in whenever you can.
Saturday, November 1 – Bible Study in the Parish Hall at 10 AM. The group is studying the Gospel of Mark. The discussion last month was lively and informative. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Sunday, November 2 – All Saint's Day Memorial Fund collection day.
Monday, November 3 – There will be no Noonday prayer service.
Wednesday, November 5 – First Wednesday Pot Luck Supper at 6 PM, Evensong at 7 PM (This will be the last one until after Easter).
Sunday, November 9 – Pink Sunday. Wear pink in honor of friends and loved ones fighting cancer. There will be a special offering collected which will be donated to the Hope Center.
Wednesday, November 12 – Daughters of the King will meet at 6 PM in the Parish Hall.
Saturday, November 15 – ECW will have a short meeting beginning at 10:30 and then pitch in to have a kitchen clean up day.
Sunday, November 23 – Celebrate an early Thanksgiving with your Redeemer family. The ECW will supply the turkey and the fantastic cooks and bakers of Redeemer will supply all the fixings.
If you would like to become a member of the Prayer Chain please talk to Diane Jackson.
This Week's Schedule:
Choir Practice in the Church
|Monday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
|Tuesday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
First Wednesday Pot Luck Supper
|Thursday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|