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Welcome to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church's website. We are an active, growing congregation. The center of our Church's life is the Lord Jesus Christ. Because He died that we might live, we respond in worship. Because there are many who have not heard this good news, we proclaim it. And because our Lord served us through His death and resurrection, we live to serve Him and one another. >> About Our Redeemer

Who are we?

Our Redeemer is a beacon of faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ.

What is our purpose?

Leading with the Gospel, Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is a family of faith, built by God's Grace, fed by His Word, sharing the saving love of Christ.

What is our mission?

What impact will we have?

Anchored in Christ, we will be a congregation known for shining His light into the world, joyfully speaking of our love for Him, and enfolding people in all stages of life into the household of faith.

What are our core values?

Steadfastness
Firm, Fixed, Steady

Compassion
To suffer along side another

Prayer
An act of worship wherein we bring our petitions before God with our hearts and lips and offer up praise and thanksgiving to Him.

Joy
A response of gladness to the work of God

One Small Devotion By Pastor Matt

Doublespeak

"When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be Your name...'" (Luke 11:2).

The Lord's Prayer is not the most words - just the right ones.  In explaining the Lord's Prayer, Luther wrote: "The fewer the words, the better the prayer; the more the words, the poorer the prayer."

Matthew and Luke record the Lord's Prayer.  The version with which we are familiar is the one from Matthew.  It has a total of 70 words.  But understood theologically, each word should be counted twice, for a total of 140.

This is because when we pray the Lord's Prayer, we are speaking to God.  That much is clear.  But something else is happening too.  He is speaking to us.  Call it "doublespeak" - but of a good kind!  (Not the kind used by advertisers when, for example, they say: "Free with the purchase of....")

Every word of the Lord's Prayer is a Word from God to us through Jesus.  Yes, we are speaking to Him.  But underneath that, and over top of it, God is telling us who He is (Our Father), who we are (His children), what to ask, and what to expect.  And so the petitions of the Lord's Prayer are also promises.  God is promising in the Lord's Prayer to take care of us, forgive us, help us to forgive others, and at last deliver us from all evil.

We tend to think of prayer as our doing, our part.  True enough.  But in the Lord's Prayer, God is doing His part: revealing His heart.

Pray the Lord's Prayer, and in the same moment hear the Lord speaking to you!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Upcoming Events

ABC Announcement from Rose Carlson

 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

  A little more than a year ago, we were anticipating the arrival of our new settled Pastor. As you may recall, one of the characteristics deemed important to our congregation was that of an enthusiastic teacher.
 Well, as it has been said, "be careful what you wish for" could apply here. :)
 All kidding aside, we have been blessed with more than we had hoped for. Pastor Matt is not only enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable, but fun as well!
We have an opportunity, every week, to benefit from this teaching....free of charge (and sometimes there are snacks, too).  Won't you please consider staying a little later or arriving a little earlier each Sunday to join us in ABC? I promise you will learn something new each week or reinforce something you may have learned and forgotten.
We had upwards of 75 people in attendance during the Focus on the Family series. Let's set a goal for 2016 to increase our numbers to 100 each week!
The next series will be covering the small catechism but I'm guessing it will be anything but small :)
In Christ,
Rose Carlson (ABC Coordinator)