Heard at Redeemer

             Recently I was in an elevator. I saw the Braille markings next to the Arabic numbers on the buttons.   I had taught myself the Braille alphabet as a child.  So, I closed my eyes and tried to read with my fingers. I could not feel four dots from three dots nor which way they were arranged!  In the world of the blind, I could not feel to see.
            Learning Braille or another language is not difficult.   Most people, even with significant disabilities can speak and understand one language.   To learn a new language one just has to practice voraciously.  Saying or writing or reading the same pattern over and over again becomes second nature.   
            Worship is a language.  Worshipping every day makes it easier and often, second nature.  We speak the language, and know the pattern and turn to God without thinking. Since our liturgy is saturated in the Scriptures, we absorb both how to pray as the church has prayed for centuries, and absorb a lot of the Bible besides.
             I remember my first Sunday in an Episcopal Church.  Like Redeemer, the windows were blue glass.  It felt holy. My teenage friend and her family rose and fell with the words, and answered without reading the bulletin or book.  I felt awkward and unsure.   Although I believed in Christ, I had never worshipped in church.  I was two beats behind and the last to kneel or stand.   It took several years of worship before it felt 'natural'. 
             To be comfortable in worship, practice.  St. Paul uses the images of athletics to talk about moving forward in life with God:  he talks about running the race, or stripping to wrestle.  A man I know began to run so he could try out for the Marines.  He made the Marines, and now again is again a civilian.  He still runs though, for the love of it and for how it makes him feel.   I don't think I am going to go back to Braille, but Sundays and other days when I pray, I am exercising in my spirit.  Some days it feels like jogging up hill in raw weather.  On others, everything comes together for a perfect walk with Christ.   For that matter, like an elevator, riding on the prayers of the church, I suddenly find that I am up on a different floor, and I can walk out of my prayers.  I have a new horizon, and God is there with me and I can see my world and how it connects with wider world.
            Thirty years ago, a priest I knew confided that he never worshipped on Sunday, with the liturgy and the music.  He said he could say the words correctly, but he did not worship God, because he had to watch the details.  He said that he could pray by himself, but not in community.  I to myself wondered why and how he continued to be an Episcopal priest, but determined to learn to pray within the liturgy.           

We are continuing to host lunch on Mondays for the ecumenical
Revive Texas.  Christians across Irving are volunteering to pray for our area and go and ask people in public areas if they would like a specific matter prayed for by the teams.  Last summer, the Diocese and Redeemer agreed to share in this ecumenical outreach in the Easter season. 
Can you help by serving lunch from 11:45 to 1:30, participating in the Service for Noon Day or training to go once on a team to go and greet people and ask to pray for them?   
If you would like to take part in this please let Canon Heard know either by telephone (972) 255-4171 or by email  heard@redeemer-irving.org.

Outreach
The Tower
We CAN Do It

The School and the Church were challenged to gather 1,000 cans of food.  The children have built 500 into a tower.
Please check out the tower in the entry hall of the New Building; buy some canned foods and help both our school and Irving Cares.  
Irving Cares Pantry

Canned Fruit
Canned Meats - tuna, chicken
Canned Meals - chili, stew, soups
Peanut butter
Hot and cold cereal
2017 ECR Directory
We are working on the 2017 ECR Directory and need your help to make sure we have all the information correct.
On the credenza at the back of the church there are four clipboards with portions of the current directory in alphabetical order.  Please check your information and make any corrections or additions in the space to the right.  If everything is correct, please put a big check in the space to the right.
Thank you for your help.
Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 7, 2017
8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist
Fellowship following the service
9:15 A.M. Sunday School
9:15 a.m. Adult Study, Developing a Rule of Life
9:15 A.M. Choir Rehearsal
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist
Fellowship following the service
12:15 P.M. Daughters of the King
12:30 P.M. Rhema Church
Celebrant, Rector, The Reverend Canon Victoria R. T. Heard

Altar Party

Time
Lay Eucharistic Minister
Lector/
Prayers of the People
8:00 am
Joan Lamere
Ginny Bertrand
10:30 am
Carol Ware
Nola Schrum
Readings: 

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10
Living into the Resurrection: 
How to live into Easter day by day.
 

May 7 
Developing a Rule of Life
     Li stening to Benedict)
 
May 14
 Personal Examination and Accountability
            (Listening to Ignatius)
 
May 21
 Sacramental Living
            (Listening to Herbert, Andrewes and Taylor)
 
May 28
Sabbath times and Silence, weekly and yearly
            (Listening to the Rabbis and the Monastics)

Next Week's Calendar
Monday, May 8,  2017
Revive Texas, 11:45 a.m.
Redeemer Montessori School Board/Vestry, 7:00 p.m.
Toastmasters 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Tuesday Morning Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 10, 2016
Patriot Paws Charity Golf Tournament
Evening Prayer, 6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.
Patriot PAWS Charity Golf Tournament
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Firewheel Golf Park

Brochures available at the back of the church.
Friday, May 12, 2012
Berea Interdenominational Bible Study Class, 7:30 p.m.
Easter Flowers

The lilies  from the Easter flowers and are free to anyone who would like one.  You can take one home and plant it and have and have an Easter flower next year.
Forward Day by Day

The regular print booklets are available at the back of the church.  We will make the large-print available as soon as they are received the publisher.
Quick Links
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