Our Redeemer's members will be Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 23. Adults, children, and families are all welcome to join us for an evening of fun and holiday spirit as we go around and offer seasons greetings and songs to homebound members of our congregation. We will meet at the church at 4pm and caravan to each location. Following our caroling, we will meet back at the church for hot cocoa and a potluck. Please come join us for this wonderful Christmas tradition!
To make Christian unity a visible part of the call for justice and peace, and inspired by the struggles of Dalits in India, this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity explores the theme, “What does God require of us?” (Micah 6:6-8).
The week of prayer is traditionally celebrated between 18 and 25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere). It brings together Christians from diverse confessions and backgrounds from around the world, who organize special ecumenical worships, prayer services and events.
“The search for visible unity cannot be disassociated from the dismantling of casteism and the lifting up of contributions to unity by the poorest of the poor,” states the introductory text for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013.
The theme brings into focus the strong call for justice by the prophet Micah in the Old Testament. As the introduction says, “In many ways, the situation facing the people of God in the time of Micah can be compared to the situation of the Dalit community in India. Dalits also face oppression and injustice from those who wish to deny them their rights and dignity.”
The Student Christian Movement of India was invited to prepare the resource for the week of prayer, along with the All India Catholic University Federation and the National Council of Churches in India.
Since 1968, the liturgical and biblical material for the annual week of prayer has been jointly coordinated by the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission and the Roman Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity).
Resources for the week are available in English, French, German and Spanish, and include: introduction to the theme; a suggested ecumenical celebration which local churches are encouraged to adapt for their own particular liturgical, social and cultural contexts; biblical reflections and prayers for the "eight days"; and introduction to Christianity in India.
December 16th 2:00 Sunday School Christmas Concert, “Make a Difference” with Rachel Kurtz.
Rachel Kurtz, is a singer, speaker, songwriter, and storyteller. She is originally from Cokato MN, and has sung in both ELCA and LCMS national gatherings. Rachel lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband and 3 children and has deep roots in family, tradition, and faith. She travels the country singing about faith, life, love and the freedom we have in Jesus. Rachel has been involved with youth ministry for the past 15 years and loves to share her stories.
Rachel will be singing special music at the 8:30 service on December 16th, and will be leading our 10:30 contemporary service also on December 16th.
December 16th is going to be a day to put on your calendars for Our Redeemers will be “making a difference”! If you have any questions please call Jill Doscher at 320-760-8982.