+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

THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE

Worship service will be on Tuesday, November 21st at 6:30 pm.  No Wednesday service this week. The church office will be closed on Thanksgiving day.  

 

 

GREENING OF THE CHURCH

It is always a joy to work together to prepare for the Advent Season and for the many days of Christmas. Please join us for the Greening of the Church on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25th at 9:00am.

 

BAGS OF HOPE

His Providence Church in Seekonk, MA is entering its 6th year of providing monogrammed duffle bag filled with comfort items to local children in foster care and we are entering our 3rd year supporting them. ORELC volunteers will help wrap gifts and pack duffle bags on Monday, November 27th from 6-9pm.  Signup on the OTHERS board.  Thank you to everyone who purchased ornaments! There are still a few ornaments available for purchase. Please see Rachel Nichols if interested.

 

"JOYS OF CHRISTMAS" BAZAAR

Come join the festivites on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. It's just around the corner!  Donations of baked goods are being requested at this time with a December 1, 9am - 5:30pm drop off. 

 

 

LIVING NATIVITY

Come see our

L i v i n g   N a t i v i t y

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Friday, December 8th

 

Set outside, this pedestrian and vehicle friendly community event includes a manger scene of costumed children and live animals, Christmas carolers and readings of the Christmas story.  All are welcome.  Enjoy refreshments and hot chocolate in the narthex.

 

CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY

ORELC will celebrate together on Saturday, December 9th at 6:00 pm at Emmily's Family Style Restaurant, 103 Putnam Pike, Johnston.  Menu: choice of Chicken Marsala, Baked Haddock or Veal Cutlet Parmesan. Includes garden salad, warm rolls and coffee for a cost of $15.  We encourage our members to make your favorite Christmas Cookies to bring for dessert.  Sign ups in the Narthex.  If cost or getting a ride is an issue, talk with Ray Czekanski, Social Board. 

 

GIVING TREE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Every year, members of Our Redeemer adopt families for Christmas. Gift Tags with the child’s name, age and gift ideas are available on November 26TH.  Please sign up  before taking your gift tag.  Wrapped gifts will be due back Sunday, December 17

 

ADVENT SERVICES & MEALS

Advent meal by Acts & Roman groups on Wednesday, December 6th at 5:30 pm followed by Service at 6:30 pm.

Advent meal by Matthew & Mark groups on Wednesday, December 13th at 5:30 pm followed by Service at 6:30 pm. 

Advent meal by Luke & John groups on Wednesday, December 20th at 5:30 pm followed by Service at 6:30 pm.

 

SPECIAL DIVINE SERVICES

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24 at 6:30 pm and 11:00 pm.

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, One Service at 10:00 am.

New Years Eve Day, Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8:00 am and 10:45 am.

 

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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 Third Commandment

"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."

The First Commandment is about God Himself, and the Second is about His name.  The Third Commandment, then, is about His Word and how we should gladly hear and learn it.

In the Old Testament, that is, before the birth of Christ, the Sabbath day referred to the seventh and last day of the week, Saturday.  Now in the New Testament, we learn and believe that Christ Jesus is the true Sabbath day, the one who gives us rest for our souls (Matt. 11:28-30).

As for what the Third Commandment means according to the Small Catechism, it means: We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

A word worth thinking about here is "gladly" (in German, gerne).  It means "with pleasure, willingly, and readily."  With joy!  What comes to my mind right away is the first line of Psalm 122, which I learned to sing as a child: "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord!'"  Which means, "Let us go to church with joy in our hearts, smiles on our faces, and ears ready to hear God's Holy Word!"

Yes, what does "gladly" look like?  Answers: Looking forward to Sunday morning like no other time of the week.  If possible, attending church and Sunday School faithfully each week.  Preparing for Sunday on Saturday.  Arriving a little bit early to pray before service.  Taking the message home with you and into the week.  Enjoying other opportunities to hear and learn God's Word.

And, what is that Word?  In summary: "Take heart, child, your sins are forgiven."

And note that the word "gladly" is used also in the Close of the Commandments: "Therefore, we should also love and trust in Him and gladly do what He commands."

May the Holy Spirit fill our hearts with true gladness!

Thursday, November 16, 2017