Dear Redeemer spiritual family, On Sunday, November 24th, 2002, our small – at that time – congregation gathered for an evening service of “organization, ordination and installation.”
In that service, we were called into worship from a text from I Kings 8:56-57 and we responded “May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us.” We lifted our hearts to Christ and sang “Crown Him with Many Crowns”. We confessed our sins using a confession that I had learned at Green Lake Presbyterian Church (Seattle,WA). Rev. Tim Kirk preached from Ephesians 2:1-22. And our first ruling elders – Mike Berend, Dennis Schell, and Bill Taft – were ordained.
Now, ten years later, on the weekend of Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th, the Redeemer congregation will celebrate our ten year anniversary.
Over the past ten years so much has happened! We have celebrated hundreds of baptisms; we have received hundreds of members with joy; we have mourned the goodbyes of many of our friends. We have rejoiced over the birth of babies; we have grieved the death of church members. We have played soccer, gone on retreats, taught classes, led community groups, prayed, laughed, and wept together.
And through these last ten years we have gathered, again and again, as a community of worship. We have lifted our hearts to Jesus in song. We have knelt in confession. We have given tithes and offerings. We have stood to hear God’s Word read. We have listened to our Heavenly Father speak to us through His Word preached. And we have gathered together around Jesus’ table as broken sinners who love a beautiful Savior.
The worship of our Savior has “glued us together” as a community!
We have so much to be thankful for!
In light of that, I want to invite you to rich weekend giving thanks to God our Savior for his grace to our community over these past ten years. There are all kinds of different events that you can participate in.
Please join us for one – or all! - of these events:
All Central Indiana Presbytery’s Worship Service: Friday, November 9th, 6:30-8:00pm.
On Friday Redeemer is hosting the Central Indiana Presbytery’s worship service. Members and regulars from the ten churches of our Presbytery will be gathering to worship Christ. At this service you will receive our Presbytery’s 1000 Day Strategic Plan which shares how we hope to partner together as churches to impact central Indiana with the good news of Jesus Christ. Another highlight: Rev.Michael Kelly (who was my mentor and Nathan Partain’s mentor inSeattle) will be preaching.
Kipp Normand Lecture on the History of 1st Presbyterian Church and our Historic Facility: Saturday, November 10th, 3:00-4:30pm, in the Underground.
If you have never heard Kipp lecture you are in for a real treat. Kipp will take us back to the history of the congregation (First Presbyterian) that built our facility. He will share stories of that congregation’s impact in our city through ministry to children and youth. He will tell of the many civic leaders who called First Presbyterian their home. And he will share a bit of the story of the many churches that were planted through the First Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis. Kipp will also be sharing the particular history of our facility (which was the third building of the First Presbyterian Congregation) now called the Harrison Center for the Arts. After the lecture, guests will be invited to have dinner together at a downtown restaurant.
Hymn Sing: Saturday, November 10th, 7:00-9:00pm, in the Sanctuary.
You are encouraged to gather with us for this informal time of worship. Nathan is creating a hymnal of our favorite Redeemer hymns. We will gather and/or sit on the stage around the musicians and pick our favorites. There will also be time for individuals to share thanks and praise to God for his work over the past ten years.
Prayer Service: Saturday, November 10th, 9:00-11:00pm, in the Sanctuary
Whoever is feeling especially robust, or who just has a heart for prayer, is invited to stay/or join us for a service of prayer. This will be a time to kneel before our Heavenly Father and praise and thank him for his work over these past years. It will also be a time that we ask our Father to pour out His Spirit upon our congregation and our City over the next 10 years.
Worship: Sunday, November 11th, 8:30 and 11:00am, in the Sanctuary
Our regular Sunday worship will be a chance for us as a gathered community to remember God’s grace to us over these past years as well as look forward to his work in the next decade. One exciting aspect of our worship service will be the ordination of our new elders and deacons (just as elders were ordained 10 years ago). Another highlight will be the Rev. Michael Kelly preaching.
The Next Ten Years
Looking back is a way of looking forward. As we look back we remember how faithful our Lord God has been to us. We worship Him and thank him for his goodness. This act of looking back also encourages us to look forward – to dream big dreams of what our Heavenly Father is calling us to in this next decade.
I look forward to dreaming those dreams with you all.