Redeemer West Side Update

Good Friday is a time when many churches reflect on what has come to be known as “The Seven Last Words of Christ” (It is finished, I thirst, etc). But on this first Monday after Easter what is the “first word” we hear from Jesus? “Peace be with you” (John 20:21). Why is this important? Because the word Jesus utters (shalom) means multi-dimensional flourishing and fulfillment — spiritual, physical, emotional, social, cultural. In other words, when Jesus utters this word he is affirming that his resurrection is a down payment on the restoration of all these dimensions under his power and reign. Therefore, shalom is perhaps the basic characteristic of the future kingdom of God, the healing of all that is wrong with the world.

So on this Easter Monday, with yesterday’s affirmation of “He is Risen” in tension with today’s turmoil swirling around and inside of us, let us find hope and courage in Jesus’ word of peace.  As Philip Yancey wrote:

There are two ways to look at human history… One way is to focus on the wars and violence… and tragedy and death. From such a point of view, Easter seems a fairy-tale exception… There is another way to look at the world. If I take Easter as the starting point, the one incontrovertible fact about how God treats those whom he loves, then human history becomes the contradiction and Easter a preview of ultimate reality. Hope then flows like lava beneath the crust of daily life.

May God’s peace be the lava flowing beneath your life today and always.  

He is Risen indeed!  Hallelujah!


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:27

 

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
West Side Congregation Lead Pastor


Redeemer is becoming three particular churches. In this video our pastors address one of six key questions people are asking.

Why is this change happening so quickly?

On redeemer.com we have created a page Preparing to Become Three Churches. On this webpage you can find:


• Save the date for April 29: We will be holding a West Side Town Hall on Saturday, April 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. We will discuss what it means and looks like for the West Side to become our own church and we will take some time to prepare for the Congregational Meeting.

• Members, start preparing for Congregational Meeting: In preparation for the May 20 Congregational meeting, start reviewing the proposed bylaw changes and motions so you can ask questions at the West Side Town Hall on April 29.

• Register for Vacation Bible School Tomorrow: This year's VBS is from July 10 to 14, and registration is required (and fills up quickly). Registration opens tomorrow at noon.

• CFW's Designing Your Life Events: Only two opportunities left to engage with Dave Evans and content from his NYTimes bestselling book Designing Your Life. Join us April 20 for the 2-Hour Seminar or April 21-22 for the In-City Retreat

• Participate in HFNY's Mini Don't Walk By with NYC Relief: Don't Walk By is our Thursday night outreach that puts "feet on the street." We train, equip and lead small teams to go out and find our friends on the streets afflicted with homelessness.

• Become a Site Host at Habitate Builds: Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will be trained as Habitat representatives who will help ensure a positive and organized experience for volunteers who help build homes and revitalize NYC communities each year. RSVP online. 

• Participate in a Local School's Community Mural in the East Village: Saturday, April 29 from 9:30am to 12:30 p.m. (morning shift) or 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (afternoon shift)