Ongoing Weekly and Monthly Events
- Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Study on the book of Acts
- Morning Prayer and Bible Reading: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. at the church.
- Men’s Prayer Group: Tuesdays 7 a.m. Grouper’s Restaurant
- Choir Practice: Wednesdays at 7pm.
- Monday Morning Prayer Group: 9:30 –11:30 a.m. at the Surface’s. 1614 Crescent Dr, Eliz City.
- Teen Discipleship — Sunday from 6 to 7:30 pm. 722-4212 Rachael Surface
- Big Kids Discipleship (4th-7th grades) Sunday from 6:15—7:15 pm at the Stephans’ house: 106 Pinelake Dr, Eliz City. 333-4797
- Kuhl Home Group: Alternate Mondays at 6 p.m. 1506 East Penny Dr. Eliz City.
- Witwer Home Group: Every other Thursday at 7 p.m. 304 Breezewood Dr. ElizCity
- Lectio Divina Hour (Divine Reading)—Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 p.m. (Does not meet the 1st Wed. of the month due to SOULS feeding) Currently reading Ephesians.
- Healing Service — 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
- SOULS Feeding— First Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm.
- NEW — The Practice of Ministry: 3rd Tuesday of the month 6 p.m. Teaching and training to learn and practice the disciplines of Christian ministry.
Don Carey III Current NFL Player
Sunday, June 24th 6 p.m.: NFL player Don Carey III, author of It’s Not Because I’m Better than You, will be speaking at Forest Park Church, Elizabeth City. Redeemer is partnering with Forest Park to present this powerful Christian speaker and message. 9-year NFL veteran and current NFL player Don Carey III overcame considerable challenges to make it to the NFL. Through his life experiences on and off the field, Don has learned considerable insights about pursuing and achieving dreams in life. He has made a commitment to inspire and help people reach their goals. His new book “It’s Not Because I’m Better than You” is impacting readers everywhere. He is coming to Elizabeth City to share in person his story and to inspire people. His message is for everyone and is especially relevant to youth and young adults. Don will be signing his book and inviting attendees to donate to The REECH Foundation, a charity started by Don and his wife Lakeisha.
Church of the Redeemer and Forest Park Church are partnering to present this event to our community. Towne Center Health, Men’s Prayer Group, Montero’s Restaurant and Danny Glover Law Firm are also sponsoring this event.
Roberto & Cameron Vivanco, missionaries in Ecuador, will be visiting and ministering at Church of the Redeemer on Sunday July 8th at our 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.
Come participate in our worship, ministry and fellowship as we seek to know, love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
These are some of us prior to our Palm Sunday Service.
The discipline of spiritual reading finds its classical expression in what is known as lectio divina. Lectio is a posture of approach and a means of encounter with a text that enables the text to become a place of transforming encounter with God. M. Robert Mulholland Jr.. Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual
The term lectio divina comes from the Benedictine tradition and refers primarily to the sacred or devotional reading of the Bible. My growing suspicion is that our competitive, productive, skeptical, and sophisticated society inhibits our reading and being read by the Word of God. Lectio divina means to read the Bible with reverence and openness to what the Spirit is saying to us in the present moment. When we approach the Word of God as a word spoken to me, God’s presence and will can be made known. The regular practice of lectio divina presents occasions when my story and God’s story meet, and in that moment something surprising can happen. To read the Bible in this way means therefore to read “on my knees”— reverently, attentively, and with the deep faith that God has a word for me in my own unique situation. The Bible is primarily a book not of information but of formation, not merely a book to be analyzed, scrutinized, and discussed but a sacred book to nurture us, to unify our hearts and minds, and to serve as a constant source of contemplation. Nouwen, Henri J. M. Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit
Lectio divina provides us with a discipline, developed and handed down by our ancestors, for recovering the context, restoring the intricate cate web of relationships to which the Scriptures give witness but that are so easily lost or obscured in the act of writing.
Lectio divina comprises four elements: lectio (we read the text), meditatio (we meditate the text), oratio (we pray the text), and contemplatio (we live the text). But naming the four elements must be accompanied by a practiced awareness that their relationship is not sequential. Reading (lectio) is a linear act, but spiritual (divina) reading is not – any of the elements may be at the fore at any one time.
In the actual practice of lectio divina the four elements fuse, interpenetrate. Lectio divina is a way of reading that becomes a way of living. Eugene H. Peterson. Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
“I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart. If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime.” – Pope Benedict XVI , September 2005
In Lectio Divina we seek not to master or grasp the sacred text, but rather through it, prayerfully and silently, to come into the presence of God. We seek to be humbly attentive to God’s Holy Word, to savour it, and to let it enter into our heart as much as our heads, so that it may transform us.
Lectio Divina is not intended to increase our intellectual knowledge of the Bible (though it also has that effect); instead, it is intended to draw us closer to God, and to transform our attitudes and behaviour. Lectio Divina is not a catechesis or a teaching but it is a prayer, a divine reading, a personal encounter with God in Sacred Scripture. Cardinal Thomas Collins