+401-232-7575   office@orelc.org    54 Cedar Swamp Road  |  Smithfield  |  RI  |  02917
    Worship: 8 AM & 10:45 AM  |  Sunday School: 9:30 AM | Wednesday Evenings: 6:30 PM  

Welcome to Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church! We organize our thinking and doing into four basic areas of focus: Home, Church, Groups and Others. We call it Forward To Basics and these four areas are interconnected and work together motivated by the love of Christ.

Upcoming Events

Only Human-Reflections on the Passing of An Icon, Norma McCorvey

On the Passing of an Icon, Norma McCorvey

A week ago Saturday Norma McCorvey died at the age of 69. Saturday, February 25, she was laid to rest in Katy, Texas. (http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Norma-Leah-McCorvey-104498390)

Norma is truly an icon of our time. If you don’t immediately recognize her name, you may know her better as Jane Roe, the plaintiff in the most far-reaching, and well-known court case in America. Roe v. Wade is a shibboleth of our time. For 44 years, it has been the dark star around which our world devolves.

The gravitational pull of Roe vs. Wade exerts its power on almost everything in our culture. 

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FAMILY PROJECT

Join us!  Continuing on Sunday during Adult Bible Class, this 12-part, DVD-base curriculum  explores the beauty of God's design in our everyday lives.

 

NEW USHERS NEEDED
 

To the men and women of the congregation, including recent Confirmands, prayerfully consider becoming an usher.  We have great teams and ask you to join us!  Contact Doug George for more information.

 

LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS

Join your church family at Our Redeemer's Wednesday Lenten suppers anytime after 5:30 pm, Confession available at 6:00 pm, Lenten Service begins at 6:30 pm. Joyfully sponsored by: Mark - Matthew groups on MARCH 29 - APRIL 5

 

ANNUAL SPRING CLEANUP

Saturday, April 1, starting at 9:00 am

Cleanup of the church grounds with pizza lunch to follow.  We would love to have you volunteer!  A sign-up sheet in narthex.

 

FLOWERS

Altar Guild is having its annual Palm Sunday and Easter lily flower sale, beginning March 26th and running thru Sunday, April 2nd.  The flowers provide such beauty to the Altar to enhance these beautiful services.  Order forms in the Narthex.  Thank you for your support.  Flowers are yours to take home on Palm Sunday and Easter.

 

EASTER FOOD BASKETS

With a hope to provide 10 families with Easter Food Baskets, the Board of Missions and Service asks for your help in providing needed food items.  In addition to the food, each child will receive a chocolate bunny and a bag of jelly beans. Thank you for signing up and for your generous returns by Sunday, April 2

 

ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

Saturday, April 8 from 10 am to Noon

Bring you baskets, smiles and friends!

 

Volunteer assistance needed evening before for egg prep.

 

PALM SUNDAY BREAKFAST

Sunday, April 9, 2017, between services.  Full breakfast menu!

Plan to join in the fellowship! $5 per adult please.

 

FIRST COMMUNION

First Communion will be celebrated on Palm Sunday, April 9 at 10:45 am Divine service.  Preparation Meetings: Sunday, March 25 and Sunday, April 2 following 10:45 am Divine service.

 

VOTE

On Palm Sunday, April 9th, your Ministry Team will be making a brief announcement following both Divine Services to share details of the new church sign that is being proposed.  We will be asking voters to vote in the Narthex by ballot to approve the use of funds from our Endowment Fund to cover the costs not met by other donations.  You can view details of the proposed sign in the Narthex.

 

CCLC

Whether you are considering membership here at Our Redeemer, have been a member for a while, or are just curious to learn what we're all about, this 7-week program will provide deep insights into our Christian faith.  CCLC classes are being held on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm following Divine Service at 6:30 pm.  

 

2017 FLOWERS

The 2017 Flower Chart is open for requests.  You'll find it on the bulletin board in the church office. Please write your name on the requested date, along with the intention name or occasion.  Cost is $40 total for the two altar bouquets.

 

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

The Incomprehensible Fire of God's Love

"For God so loved..." (John 3:16).

In 1532 Luther gave, at home, a little sermon on John 3:16-21.  It contains the following paragraph.  Lutherans speak of "Law and Gospel."  Rather than define those terms here, I'll let Luther do it by example.  I am not aware of a better example than this.  Prepare yourself: the Law is strong.  But the Gospel is even stronger - indeed, incomprehensible.

"[Law:] It would have been more than enough for God to wish the world "good morning."  So He goes beyond this and loves the world, the disgraceful offspring.  It is just about the most utterly hostile and ill-disposed contradiction.  And in truth, that is what the world is: a pigsty of unabashedly evil people, who abuse all God's creation in the most brazen way possible, blaspheme God, and provoke Him to His face.  [Gospel:] These selfsame shameless people God loves.  That is a love which transcends all love.  This is truly a good God, and His love must be a great, incomprehensible fire, greater by far than the fire which Moses saw in the bush, indeed greater by far than the fire of hell.  Who would despair, seeing God is so disposed toward the world?  It is too high and beyond my ability to elaborate on it, or to draw out the abundant riches that it truly contains."

Monday, March 20, 2017