A Vibrant and Lasting Impression

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After riding on a veritable big dipper of emotions (French /British translation – true roller coaster), soaked in prayer, Glen and I have made the decision to leave our Mount Pleasant home and move east into the vicinity of the nation's capital – La Belle Province.  My focus for the fall has shifted towards another leap of faith in participating in the artwork of God.

As I de-clutter the house, pack, reminisce, and say goodbyes – I'm thankful for the support of the book of Ephesians, especially 2:10 "For we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does."

I go back to this verse each time there is a big adjustment or change coming my way.  I like the Greek translation for 'workmanship' -Poeima - signifying a work of art or a product that is designed.  In classical Greek the word not only captures the work of a poet, the lofty elegant and rhythmical language, but also alludes to any work of a skilled artisan – like a person's deed, a creative painting, a symphony —all could be called Poiema

This idea of God's design – His workmanship has kept me intrigued as I seek to live a deeper understanding of how His divine marks shape my life.  I've been tracking this idea of design for many years.  In one season I tried mapping it out with mission statements and goals.  I gave that up when I realized it is all about grace.  My walk with God is not always about best efforts. 

Author Frederick Buechner calls us to walk this way - Listen to your lives for the sound of him.

So before I write any further lofty heavenly thoughts let me make this disclaimer.  I am aware that language can be limited and God Talk, along with our encounters with the Holy One, can get very mystical, so rather than blab on what kind of masterpiece I've become, let me share how I sought to listen for the sound of him through the years at Redemption.

I look for signs of His grace within myself, and each of you, because it has and still can make us brave enough to take off our super-self mask and look at our real selves with all the sins and flaws that Christ died for.  I like the idea that the Greek word for 'accept' is 'proslambano' which literally means 'to take to oneself.'  I've been invited to enter, to stay, and accept being taken in by God.  That's Grace.  In Latin it connotes a 'free and ready favor', which implies that I need to make a choice to accept this grace.  I accept that I have to choose to let go of the patchwork self-image put together by all the outward influences and ideals of these times.  Sometimes this means facing pain and my weaknesses.  My best mentors have been there to remind me not to waste my sorrows and confront the insidious power of fear. 

A Regent Professor of mine, Luci Shaw, recently wrote a little book called Thumbprint in the Clay – Divine Marks of Beauty, Order, and Grace.  Luci refers to those who have left a vibrant and lasting impression on her life as portraits of God Printed People.  In a similar way most of my relationships at Redemption with God Printed People have been what God intended for each of us when we made the choice to be 'taken in by God'.  Our time has been rich as we’ve shared our lives together in this amazing community.  His grace has stretched us, filled us and enabled us to ‘imagine the long and wondrous journeys still to be ours’ (Mary Oliver).

So it is – dear ones – that as I continue to ride the emotional waves of saying goodbye to Redemption Church, I sign off as Elder – with much love.

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With much love,
Deborah Phillips

www.deborahamphillips.com

Newcomer's Lunch: October 1

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Have you been visiting Redemption Church for the past few weeks or months? If so, we'd love to have lunch with you!

If you're new to our community and want to get to know us or have been coming for a while and would like to connect with others, you're warmly invited to lunch on Sunday, October 1st immediately after the second service (around 1:00 pm) at Redemption Church.

The church leadership team would love to get to know you, introduce ourselves, answer any questions you have, and share about the church.

If you have questions, contact the church office at 604-732-5577 or email info@redemptionchurch.ca.  No RSVP needed, we hope to see you there!

Annual General Meeting: October 15

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Hi Church,

It's almost time for our AGM (Annual General Meeting)! The AGM will be held on Sunday, October 15th after the 11am service at 1pm. Lunch will be provided at 1pm. 

Members of the church get to vote on important decisions that get presented at the AGM. If you're not yet a member, now is a good time to apply! We really value and the input from each of you here at Redemption. You can find more details about membership here and download the application here.  

If you're not a member, we still recommend attending if you would like to keep up to date with what is happening in the coming year at Redemption! 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the church office at 604-732-5577 or email us

Ember: September 16

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Join us for a time of musical worship, prayer, and prophetic words at Redemption Church on Saturday, September 16th from 7-9pm. There will be a full band and microphone set-up for prayer and prophetic words (we will be screening the words). Our desire is to create a space for people to encounter God's presence and rest in His Spirit. Although we have a structure, we are believing that the Holy Spirit will lead us. 

Check out the Ember Facebook page for more details.

Welcome Back Party

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To welcome everyone returning from summer break and newcomers, we’re having a Welcome Back Party on Sunday, September 17th after both services! Stick around after service for some great food, games & activities, and to spend time catching up and making new friends! 

Want to join us making this happen? Contact Sarah at sarah@redemptionchurch.ca! 

Zootopia: Monday, August 28

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If you're looking for a fun activity to do over the summer, come and join us for our family-friendly neighbourhood movie nights at the church!

This week's feature will be Zootopia on Monday, August 28th at 6:30pm

Bring your family, friends and cozy blankets! The more the merrier!

This will be the last of our summer Monday movie night series. Want us to continue in the fall? Got any other suggestions or ideas? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at info@redemptionchurch.ca ☺