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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because of what we have been.
Notes on the Service...
...Notes on the service for October 26, 2014, the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25
RCL Deut 34:1-12; Ps 90:1-6,13-17; I Thess 2:1-8; Mt 22:34-46
The 7th century collect asks for faith, hope, and love [charity], the three theological virtues (as they came later to be called), listed in I Thes-salonians, once at the Letter's opening read last Sunday, and again at its close, to be read on Nov. 16. Having them, we shall obtain what God promises because we shall have been loving what God desires.
The five Books of Moses conclude with Moses' death. Moses surveys the land which Israel will claim as its inheritance, although it would never actually stretch to the "Western Sea," the Mediterranean. M. L. King's speech "I have been to the mountaintop" refers to this scene.
The Hebrew text says, he buried him. That phrase can be the equi-valent of an English passive, he was buried, which is the way the New Revised Standard Version translates it. The Jewish Publication Society translates it literally, He buried him, meaning God buried Moses, as a number of ancient commentators read it. According to II Maccabees when the first temple was destroyed, Jeremiah hid the ark on Mt Nebo near Moses' grave, to be discovered on judgment day. The New Testament Epistle of Jude says that the Archangel Michael and the devil contended for Moses' body. A book by a 1st century Pharisee asserted that Moses had ascended, not died.
Ps 90:1-6 laments that human life is brief and fragile. The omitted vv 7-12 state that God limits our life span to eighty years. Some rabbis claimed Moses wrote that, although Deuteronomy says Moses lived to be 120. Vv 13-17 pray for rescue from some national disaster.
Paul defends his conduct when he had been in Thessalonika. After he had left, Paul's detractors had accused him of error, greed, or guile. He had sent Timothy back there to refute them. Timothy had then reported that those converts were now reconfirmed in the faith.
The debate between Jesus and the temple officials ends as he quotes Deuteronomy and Leviticus to summarize the Law and Prophets in the same way that Rabbi Hillel had summed them up earlier: Love of God and of neighbor. Jesus caps the dispute by asking, If the messiah is to be descended from David, why then does Psalm 110, (which they presumed David had written) call the messiah "Lord"? Would David have called a son of his his "Lord"? Jesus might be claiming Davidic credentials, a risky move in Roman-occupied Jerusalem; or Jesus might be saying there is more to messiahship than Davidic pedigree.
Daylight Savings Time Ends: Remember to set your clock back one hour next Saturday as we return to standard time.
Next Sunday, November 2 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.
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 for $2.00 for the carving donated to the church by Linda Hanks. As you buy and sell tickets, please give those funds to Linda Hanks.
Altar Flowers this week are given by Tom Vernon in memory of his parents on their birthdays.
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.
Sunday, October 26 – Vestry meeting at 12:00
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.
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|
|Wednesday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
|Thursday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|