Redeemer West Side Update
As for many of us, the COVID-19 season has slowed down my life drastically. Some of it has felt really uncomfortable, like not being able to gather with friends, dine in some of the great NYC restaurants or visit my family in Europe. And some of it has been really good, not needing to rush out early in the morning or run from one meeting place to another. In this season I’ve been challenged by the familiar story of Martha and Mary. So often I identify with Martha, a doer with many distractions. If I’m honest, Mary seems kind of lazy.
Yet Jesus’ words are convicting. Mary has chosen a role that will not be taken away from her.
There’s only one thing that is needed; to be at the feet of Jesus listening to Him. My primary role is not to do, but to be.
I can “just” be because He has already done it for us. How comforting is that! Jesus has it all under control; He has already overcome the world. I might be overwhelmed by unforeseen turns of daily life, but he is not. Nothing has changed in his plans. He’s got this. And he’s got my back. He is there for me and he loves me. And he is always with me. I can let go, sit at his feet, and focus on one thing, having my eyes fixated on Jesus and learning from him.
As I’m learning to do that, my prayer for you is to learn to do that too - to come to our Lord and Savior, to sit at his feet, to trust in his goodness and faithfulness today and the days to come.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” — Luke 10:38-42
• Share how you've been loving your neighbors: Sharing our stories helps encourage and inspire others to follow the Spirit's leading on how to love our neighbors during this season. We'd love to hear your story!
• Join the next Neighborhood Prayer Walk, July 25: Meet outside W83 at 9 a.m. with your masks to pray and walk through our UWS neighborhood! Families with children are welcome to join us.
• Sign up for a virtual Artist Talk, July 27: We invite you to a virtual Artist Talk with Katie Joy Nellis and James Hoston in conjunction with their virtual exhibit, "Ours On Trust", currently on view here. Katie Joy and James will share about their process, their works, and their life as artists. There will be a time for questions and engagement with the artists as well.
• Serve breakfast to homeless neighbors with HFNY: If you're an early riser, help St. Paul's House in serving meals to a midtown community during morning worship service.
• Set up a recurring gift this summer: Throughout the summer months, financial gifts have tended to go down. If you consider Redeemer West Side your home church, we encourage you to set up a recurring gift so that you can continue to give even if you're not in the city!
• Join a summer virtual Bible Study, Aug 5: Pastor Bijan will be leading a summer Bible study on Ephesians 6. Together we'll see what the Bible says about spiritual battles and the armor of God.
• Subscribe to our new YouTube page: Last week we started a YouTube page! Here you will be able to join us for a live stream of the 10 a.m. worship service and view other resources as we make them available.
• Bond with high school teens this summer: Work with A House on Beekman to engage teens in fun activities through the Young Life/Summer Service Adventures program.
• Request financial assistance during COVID-19: The West Side Disaster Relief Fund was established in March 2020. If you are part of the West Side community and are experiencing financial hardship because of job loss due to COVID-19, we are honored to come alongside you during this time of need.