UPCOMING WORSHIP PLANS:
> TOMORROW, Sunday, August 28 (Outdoors, weather permitting)- Backpack Blessing for all ages during service. We want to acknowledge all the kids, youth and adults who will be returning to schools, colleges, universities and other educational spaces. Whether you are a student, educator, administrator, support staff, caregiver - whatever role you hold we want to bless you and send you into this next season with good Spirit-led energy! If you are not able to join in person and would like a special bag tag, let Pastor Jen know.
> LABOR DAY WORSHIP at CHRIST THE RIVER OF LIFE: On Sunday, September 4th, Join us for Northside church collaborative worship as Redeemer, Salem and Christ River of Life worship together! (2200 Fremont Ave N North, Minneapolis, MN 55411)
> STREAMING ONLINE: As always, our Sunday worship will be streaming on Zoom here. Meeting ID: 899 8339 5756 | Passcode: 334806 The worship bulletin can also be found on our website (https://www.redeemermpls.org/bulletins.html) and on our Facebook page.
PASTOR JEN OUT OF TOWN // We know she just arrived but, Pastor Jen will be taking a preplanned trip with her family from Sept. 2-13. During that time Pastoral Care will be managed by Pastor Babette Chatman as well as Preaching on September 11 at Redeemer.
CONNECTING with PASTOR JEN // It was good news to have Pastor Jen join last Sunday. Are you wondering how you might connect? Here are a few options for connecting:
> Email: As Pastor Jen is getting on-boarded at Redeemer we wanted you to know the email has been a little quirky. Pastor@redeemermpls.org is the email she will be using, please try sending twice if you get a bounce back response and check your spam folders. We suggest adding this email to your contact list so it will be recognized.
> Office Hours: Currently you'll find Pastor Jen on site at Redeemer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please know she is open to setting up other times to meet with you and engage with folks as able. Please be aware Pastor Jen is the transportation person in her family for her kids and during school hours will be dropping off (8:45-9:30 am) and picking up (3:50-4:30 pm). Thanks to her husband, Mike they can adjust and will do so as needed, as their family walks with Redeemer.
> Phones: Please use the main church phone 612.886.1468, after Labor Day weekend Redeemer will have updated to a new phone system. We will have phone lines to reach Pastor Jen and other staff directly soon.
SPAM EMAIL REMINDER // If you receive an email from Pastor Jen Collins or a redeemer staff member please make sure you check that it is from an "@redeemermpls.org" email address. If it is NOT then do not reply and know it's most likely spam or phishing emails trying to scam you for personal information. Know we would not ask for personal or financial information over an email. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
CONGRATULATIONS to KRISTIN GILBERT & KRISTEN HOYLES! // Kristen & Kristin are excited to announce the arrival of Miriam Rae Gilbert Hoyles, born August 11th. The mamas and baby are doing well! We invite you to sign up for their meal train and help the family out in this time of great joy and little sleep: https://mealtrain.com/zoo61d
OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE HOURS // Amy Koopman is serving as interim administrator. She is in the offices on Friday mornings to prepare bulletins, update the website, and send weekly announcements. If you have announcements or concerns to share with our community, please send them to Amy at email@example.com by Thursday night!
PRAYER for the BRANCH FAMILY // We lift up the Branch family (Lonnie and Doris, Cheryl, and Patricia) and grieve with them as they mourn the sudden and unexpected passing of their son and brother in Atlanta.
COVID-19 GUIDANCE UPDATE // Redeemer’s Council met Tuesday, August 20, 2022 and moved to update the mask policy to “Mask Wearing is Welcomed” for worship services and all other events or meetings that occur at the church. Redeemer remains committed to the health and well-being of our community, and this update affirms and encourages individuals to continue to make good personal choices about COVID-19. As you make decisions to keep yourself and others healthy, the Redeemer Council and Pastor Jen strongly encourage the following:
> If you are eligible for vaccination, ensure that you are up-to-date on booster shots.
> Wear a high-quality mask. As we know that SARS-COV-2 spreads through aerosols. N95 or KN95 masks prevent 95% of particles from entering the airway, and Redeemer will strive to offer these masks for both adults and children as needed, especially as we move indoors.
> Pay attention to local data on COVID-19 spread. You may want to track wastewater data to better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in the metro area.
> Use rapid tests, particularly before gathering with others, to help gauge your health.
> If you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID, please stay home and join online instead of in person.
However you choose to participate in our congregational life, we will continue to do this together! We hope that you know that you are loved, welcomed and valued here at Redeemer. We look forward to moving forward and navigating life together during these next few seasons here at Redeemer. Please reach out to council or Pastor Jen Collins with any questions, concerns or if you need help finding the resources you need to remain healthy and safe.
Proverbs 25:6-7 | Psalm 112 | Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
GOSPEL READING: Luke 14:1, 7-14
Trusting in God’s extraordinary love, let us come near to the Holy One in prayer.
For the church and its leaders, we pray. Uphold all deacons, pastors, and bishops who serve and teach your people. Awaken in your church a spirit of invitation that reaches ever outward. God in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For the well-being of creation and its inhabitants, we pray. Stir in us reverent awe for the beauty of the natural world, for oceans and lakes, rivers and streams, forests and deserts. God in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For the nations and peoples of the world, we pray. Sustain the efforts of those who pursue justice and equity for all. Defend and accompany all immigrants and refugees and all who are persecuted for their ethnic origin or religious beliefs. God in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, we pray. Be present with those who live in isolation or fear, especially those who are incarcerated or detained. Comfort all who are sick or grieving, especially The Branch Family, grieving the death of their son and brother; Jane Friendshuh, recovering from surgery; Mary Lou Williams, recovering from surgery; Claudia Runnels, recovering from surgery; Carlos Garces, recovering from neck surgery; Bill Viebahn, member, with late stage lung cancer; Mike Murray, in cancer treatment; and Mary Sue Barber, daughter of Shelby Andress, whose cancer has returned and is worsening. We pray For those who suffer from long COVID, and other effects of the pandemic For those suffering from mental illness For caregivers everywhere in their care for the sick and mentally ill. For the imprisoned who long for hope. God in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For Redeemer, its ministers, and its ministries, we pray. Prepare children, teachers, and youth ministry directors for a new year of learning. Embolden our witness to invite others to the table. God in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For all the saints who confessed God’s name, especially Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, and Moses the Black, we give thanks. May we cling to the promise of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. God in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Receive the prayers of your people, merciful God, and hold us forever in your steadfast love; through Jesus Christ, our holy Wisdom.
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