November 2015 Newsletter
November 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Grace and peace y’all!

So, we’re in November and the weather is starting to get a little cooler. The good thing is, cooler here is much different than cooler in Michigan. It’s a nice experience here. In Michigan, it is the beginning of the realization that it is about to get a lot colder. Plus, cooler here occurs in November, cooler in Michigan descends upon you in August/September. Needless to say, I’m happy I’m here! And my excitement isn’t just because of the weather!

Lots of exciting things are taking place at Redeemer as we continue to head into a new church year with the beginning of Advent at the end of this month (November 29th)! Ignite (our new joint confirmation program with Summer Memorial, St. Paul, and Grace Lutheran) is in full swing and it is amazing to journey in this formation with 25 youth and other adult leaders! Such a fun experience!

We also have some exciting changes that are occurring with our worship life as well. We are introducing a new setting into our worship service. This is a setting that I am particular excited for. It is fun, uplifting, and inspirational. I hope each of you enjoy it as well. Of course, there will be an adjustment period. Much of the same language we’ve always used in worship are present in this setting, it’s just conveyed in a slightly different way. It isn’t bad, it’s just different. What I love most about this new setting, is that it opens up participation for all of us into the worship service.

That’s what I love most about worship; worship is something that we do together. It isn’t a solitary or independent experience at all. We’ve already added a little more congregational participation into worship since I arrived here at Redeemer, we’re just going to add a little bit more.

I know that this setting for worship will be different than what you are used to, all I ask is that you be willing to give it a chance. Anything new that I get to experience, I like to give it a chance for at least four times. Those first few times will be our adjustment period, and the last few will be those times where we will become a little more comfortable.

As we approach Advent, we approach the amazing in-breaking of God into the world. Advent is that time that we are in expectant hope for the change that God will birth into the world in the incarnate Word made flesh and blood.

When God mixes in – change happens. It isn’t always easy, it isn’t always fun, but God always leads us into a place where we can experience the Spirit in new and wonderful ways. After the change settles, the fun emerges as we realize how God is at work in this new way.

Be open, have fun, and worship God!

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