March 2019
From the Rector

Dear Friends,

Whenever my wife Ruth and I plan a journey, we sit down with a map and work out the route, direction and places we will be visiting en route. This isn't necessary, of course, because when we get in our car and set off we simply type in the address on our GPS and let the technology do the work for us. At the same time, there is something satisfying about looking at a map and seeing the larger picture. Our longest journey by car was from Wilmington DE to Savannah GA, where Ruth was officiating at a wedding. I remember being taken aback by the distance we had to drive, especially for someone like me who was used to taking the plane. However, it was good to see the territory rather than fly over it. 

When we arrived in Savannah we discovered a delightful city with tree-lined streets and a wealth of interesting shops (including a British pie shop). The wedding, which was held outside in a park by a fountain, went well - the forecast rain held off, and bride and groom were married before God and family and friends as well as a number of curious onlookers. 

That was two years ago. Last week I heard a saying which is relevant to everyone who travels: "The map is not the territory". What that means is that a map is an abstracted picture of where you are going, but the territory is what you encounter when you travel. Simply put, on a map, the green areas representing state parks and the blue areas representing lakes are one thing, but seeing them for the first time - the forest of trees along a horizon, the sunlight reflecting off the water - creates a wholly new impression. 

It seems an obvious statement to make. But the territory will also include those people whom you meet for the first time, who will be curious about you as an outsider. What will be in the exchange? Often that will be down to you, but God sometimes draws people together and there may be something more in the exchange than polite greetings. Venturing into new territory can be stimulating, especially if your life is in a rut. The territory also includes yourself, especially if you are alone in a remote part of the country. 

In the last few years I have become interested in the territory that Jesus explored - when you look closely, it turns out he covered a lot of ground! He usually took his disciples with him, even into "foreign" parts, like Samaria. The territory they traversed included desert plains, rivers and mountains. I'm sure the disciples wished to stay closer to home, but because they trusted Jesus, they followed him.

Now that Lent is here we have the opportunity to read again our map and set out into new territory. Our map is the Bible, where God's plan for the salvation of the world is set forth. The Bible tells this story through its many characters and stories. For Christians, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is the most powerful and meaningful story, because it touches something deep within the human soul. In every generation, the story of Jesus speaks to us and through it God leads us to a promised land of light, love and joy. 

The map is not the territory. The Bible reminds us of God's creation and redemption of the world, and it should spur us on to explore some of the territory Jesus covered. A visit to the Holy Land is one thing, but to follow Jesus closely means to set aside time for prayer each day. It may mean offering yourself for some particular service in your church or community. It means finding ways to go out of yourself and into the world of others, carrying Christ within your heart and soul. Often the territory is unknown, but if we follow the map we can be sure to arrive someplace where we can do some good, and be of service. 

I wish you a joyful and blessed Lent.

Father David

Senior Warden's Report

I mentioned in my last report that in February and March we would be preparing for the Annual Meeting which will take place on March 24. Because of that event, Youth Sunday will take place the following Sunday on March 31. I think it is appropriate that the preparation for the Annual Meeting takes place during the time of Lent. As I understand it, Lent is a time of self-examination and reflection on our lives as followers of Christ. The Annual Meeting is a time when we examine last year's life of Redeemer. Heads of ministries need to reflect and turn in their reports for the Annual Report. Vestry candidates need to be considered and elected.  The examination of our life as a corporate body is a compilation of each individual member's contribution to the work of the church. Any growth in the life of the church must come from the growth of its individual members. Lent would be a great time to reflect on how our lives as individuals can affect the life of Redeemer. I look forward to going through the process with you.
George Baughan

Senior Warden

Church of the Redeemer, Springfield
Annual Meeting

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Parish Hall
11:30 am (after the 10:15 am Eucharist)

Prayer during Lent should draw us closer to God. We might pray especially for the grace to live out our baptismal promises more fully.
  • Fasting is one of the most ancient practices linked to Lent. Abstaining from meat on Fridays is a common tradition in the church. Modern traditions include abstaining for one day from the TV or computer.
  • Works of love are a sign of our care for those in need and an expression of gratitude for all God has given us.

ASH WEDNESDAY  March 6, 2019
12:15 pm Said Mass with Imposition of Ashes (Chapel)
7:30 pm Sung Mass with Imposition of Ashes (Church)
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT  March 10, 2019
8 am Said Holy Eucharist
10:15 am Sung Eucharist with choir

8 am Said Holy Eucharist
10:15 am Sung Eucharist with choir

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT  March 24, 2019
ANNUAL MEETING following the 10:15 am service
8 am Said Holy Eucharist
10:15 am Sung Eucharist with choir

8 am Said Holy Eucharist
10:15 am Sung Eucharist with choir

8 am Said Holy Eucharist
10:15 am Sung Eucharist with choir

11:00 am Said Holy Eucharist in the chapel, followed by soup and bread in the Parish Hall.

March 20
March 27
April 3
April 10

Lenten Message from the Bishop of Pennsylvania

My brothers and sisters,

Lent is upon us and during this time, we journey together on this sacred pilgrimage to the heart of Jesus Christ. Lent is a mysterious time of reflection and awakening. There is nothing ordinary about Lent and this time can be profoundly life-giving. I often compare Lent to the moments before dawn. The darkness surrounds us and we wait, contemplate, prepare, and pray. The world silently regenerates in anticipation of the rising sun.

During this sacred time, I invite you to Journey to the Heart of Christ to seek and find the heart of Christ. Lent is the opportunity to go deeper in faith. Lent provides the context for interior discernment and greater knowing of Christ. In my personal prayers, I keep the image of the beloved disciple John leaning against the chest of our Savior. Leaning against Christ and listening to his heartbeat. I hold this image during times of joy and pain. Let us long to be at the heart of Jesus Christ.

To assist on your walk through Lent, we offer a list of various prayers, devotions, and action (online and in person, see below). I would also like to encourage you to take time to review the Presiding Bishop's message and resources to Walk In Love:

Practices for a Jesus Centered Life.

In addition to these resources, I encourage you to try any or all of the following:

Pray together with your family, friend or a loved one. This may sound challenging, but one day a week, gather the entire family and say a prayer. It could be one of gratitude, to bless one another's day. Maybe you can set a time to text a friend at a specific day and hour and let them know you are praying for them. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus prayed constantly. Jesus sought God's heart relentlessly. Let us strive to be like him.

For one hour during the day, stop reading your emails or searching through social media. During that time, read the Bible, commit to silence or listen to sacred music. Read the Lives of the Saints or a book about Jesus. Extend that time the following week.

Skip the Sunday sports' practices and tell the coach that you have a commitment to church. Make God, not the world, your priority one Sunday a month. Bring the entire family.

Make a commitment to pray. Whether it is on your knees or sitting on the bed, close your eyes and pray. Each day offer one prayer of gratitude for the gifts in your life.

Use your smartphone to take a picture of where you see Jesus in your daily life. It can be a place, a person or something with deep meaning. Post on our social media accounts and tag us in it (#WhereDoYouSeeJesus, #diopalove) so we can find it and share it with others.

Make a commitment you will go to the Ash Wednesday service at your church.

Make a commitment to take one person with you to Easter services. It could be a wild, unexpected and mysterious invitation. Ask, ask again, follow and do it.

More importantly, I encourage you to reflect daily on Jesus Christ. How is He present in your life? How do His life and words move you to be like Him? Where do you see Jesus in the world?

Our spiritual and diocesan pilgrimage is transformative. Never lose sight that your spiritual journey is both holy and beautiful. As we journey through Lent, let's enter into the walk to Calvary and hold sight of the resurrection. Lean against the chest of our savior Jesus Christ and listen, really listen to His heartbeat. Listen to where He is leading you.

You are in my prayers and are deeply loved.

The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. GutiƩrrez
XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer is said every Tuesday in the chapel at 5 pm.  The service takes between 20-25 minutes. All are welcome to come and pray.

Holy Eucharist

Every Wednesday at 11 am in the chapel. All are welcome.

17 March
Saint Patrick, Bishop, Missionary,
Patron of Ireland, c. AD 460
Patrick was born in Britain, in the region of Carlisle.The son of a deacon he was brought up a Christian although he was, at best, initially only nominal in his faith.
At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by pirates and forced to work as a shepherd in Ireland. During his captivity Patrick turned to God, eventually escaping his captors and returning to Britain. Details of his escape are sketchy, but it is known that he travelled 200 miles from his place of captivity to a seaport.The adventures and escapades of his journey home honed his reliance upon God, and when he finally returned to his family he felt that he should become a priest, and began a period of training that was to last for several years.

According to tradition, some years later in 431 Patrick, newly consecrated bishop, returned to Ireland. He devoted himself to evangelism, reconciliation amongst local chieftains, and the training of monks and nuns. He made frequent journeys throughout Ireland, and significantly influenced the island for Christ, laying the foundation for the Church for the years ahead.
At some point in his life Patrick was the subject of a vitriolic attack on his character. In response he wrote the Confessions - his personal account of his life. Patrick contrasted himself with learned and powerful men more concerned with political survival than in preaching the gospel. He is revealed as a man who experienced grace in a powerful way, and who chose to evangelize an unreached land in preference to Britain, whilst still remaining attached to his roots as a Romanized Celt, and thus to the Christians of Roman Gaul. Patrick is remembered as a man who trusted God against the odds.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me: God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak to me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me.
Lorica (or 'Breastplate')
attributed to Patrick, prob. c.8th century

Birthdays and Anniversaries

March Birthdays

3/1 Marlaine Brown
3/2 Margaret Cottman
3/5 Stephen Farrell
3/6 Constance Henry
3/7 Carol Ann Kane
3/9 Nathan Joseph Witzel-Wilson
3/9 Joan Strayer
3/12 Elizabeth Farrell
3/12 Doug Collins
3/14 Jennifer Eisenhuth
3/17 Stephanie Forney
3/19 Tyler O'Connell
3/21 Jean Latch
3/22 N. Dean Evans
3/23 Henry Boerstling
3/23 Gannon Carpenter
3/28 Frank Wren, III
3/28 Trisha Lambert
3/29 Marie Douts
3/29 Jordan Albert Witzel-Wilson
3/31 Doris Hood

March Anniversaries

3/26/94 Janet & John Barber
3/30/57 Normand J., Jr. & The Rev. Vivian R. Bennet

Redeemer Thrift Shop

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For more information, please contact Cyn Mattson (610) 356-8125 or
Luisa Andrews (610) 353-9299.

Just for Fun

Q. Why shouldn't you marry a tennis player?
A. Because Love means nothing to them.
Q: What do you call a large dog that meditates?
A: Aware wolf.
Circus Couple to Adopt

A husband and wife who work for the circus go to an adoption agency. Social workers their raise doubts about their suitability.

The couple produces photos of their 50-foot motor home, which is clean and well maintained and equipped with a beautiful nursery.

The social workers raise concerns about the education a child would receive while in the couple's care.

"We've arranged for a full-time tutor who will teach the child all the usual subjects along with French, Mandarin and computer skills."

Then the social workers express concern about a child being raised in a circus environment.

"Our nanny is a certified expert in paediatric care, welfare, and diet," the circus couple explained.

The social workers are finally satisfied. They ask, "What age child are you hoping to adopt?"

"It doesn't really matter, as long the kid fits in the cannon."

The Rev. David Beresford, Rector, (302) 468-9062
Susanna Faust, Minister of Music, (610) 766-1812
Maria Macfarlan, Parish Administrator
Gary Rew, Sexton

George Baughan '19, Senior Warden -
Lee Lucas '20, Junior Warden -
Keith Brown '19, Accounting Warden -
Sharon Appelbaum '21, Ginny Doyle '19
Jim Lambert '21, Helen Lightcap '20
Gary Rew '21
Eucharistic Visitors:
Linda Bennett -
Carol Kane -
Mary Huber -
Claire Witzel -
Church of the Redeemer

Send corrections, remarks, or updates to the Redeemer Reporter to Israel Ramirez:

Church of the Redeemer, Springfield
145 West Springfield Road  
Springfield, Pennsylvania 19064  

The Reverend David Beresford, Rector, (302) 468-9062
Minister of Music  
Susanna Faust
Parish Administrator 
Maria Macfarlan

Gary Rew
Eucharistic Visitors
Linda Bennett,  Mary Huber,  Carol Kane,  Claire Witzel 
  Vestry Members
  George Baughan '19  - Senior W ard en
  Lee Lucas '20 - Junior Warden
Keith Brown '19  - Accounting Warden

Sharon Appelbaum'21
Ginny Doyle '19
  Jim Lambert '21
Joan Strayer '18
Helen Lightcap '20
Gary Rew '21

Our Mission
"As people of God, we come together in joyful worship, to care for each other, to engage in Christian formation, and to reach out to others thoughtfully and compassionately."
Our Vision  
"Becoming one with Christ, with one another, and with all God's people"