I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us– yes, the many good things he has done…”  – Isaiah 63:7

When something great happens in your life, you want people to know.  Looking back at the last year at Redeemer, we have seen some great things happen!  …

We have seen our number of Growth Groups increase.  We have worked together to completely break through our goal of providing 1,000 hours of Community Service by our members.  We have improved our Worship Experience by making changes to our sanctuary and beginning a process of training new and existing Sunday morning worship teams.  We’ve increased community awareness of Redeemer by hosting a Family Fun Fest as part of our 25th Anniversary.  Plus we’ve added a solar system to our facilities that should provide most if not all of the electricity that our congregation and school currently consumes!

As great as these happenings are, some even greater things have happened.  Redeemer has been a place where family and friends have consistently heard and shared the Word of God.  We have regularly welcomed new members into our midst and celebrated the Sacraments together with an increasing number of baptisms and first Communions.  God has certainly been moving in our midst!  Is that something we would want to keep to ourselves?

Clearly we want to “tell of the kindness of the Lord” as the prophet Isaiah suggests!  To do so, we can begin by simply sharing what God has done in our lives and the hope that He give us.  1 Peter 3:15 tells us “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  Do you have hope?  Tell others!  And be clear that the reason you have hope is not because of new government initiatives, or a strong economy, or even a good return on your investments … but because Christ is Lord!

As we prepare to celebrate one of the most joyous & hope-filled times of year, let us recognize that of all the great things that God has done, the greatest is that He sent His Son into the world to take on human flesh and be “Immanuel” – God With Us!

May this season of Advent & Christmas, and the beginning of a New Year fill you with joy and hope, knowing that Christ is Lord.  And may you join us in telling everyone what He has done!

Telling of Christ with you,

Pastor Augie.