Redeemer Presbyterian Church – East Side Update
Anthony Trollope once wrote: “A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.” The ordinary things that we do repeatedly over time are what form us. Like the gentle winds that carve out vast canyons over time, what we do repeatedly carves out the canyons of our souls.
But if you’re like me, you’re more like the “spasmodic Hercules.” In spasms of inspiration, we dream of making heroic changes in our lives, only to be met with a fading resolve. We start to wonder if we are capable of changing at all! But, what if we were to slowly build a rhythm of ordinary practices into our daily lives? What if we did that together as a community, particularly in our Community Groups?
This past Sunday we kicked off the ministry year by introducing a new initiative called Formation. Far more than just a new sermon series, Formation represents a shift in our approach to ministry. We believe that your spiritual formation is the key to our future. It is the most important thing we can invest in, because God wants to use each one of us in particular ways to reach the city with the gospel.
Throughout the year, you’ll be hearing a lot more about how we want to help you grow through practices, community, and callings. My prayer is that you would be personally renewed by the gospel in new ways, as we help one another grow. We do all of this, not for ourselves alone, but for the good of the city. We are, after all, trusting in the same God who, in the New Testament church, “added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)
Rev. Abraham Cho
East Side Congregation Lead Pastor
New to NYC, Redeemer or community groups? Join a Beta Group!
Beta Groups are new 7-week community groups that begin late September. Find a beta group near you here.
+ ES Classes begin on September 24 and focus on formation. Sign up now!
+ The Redeemer family of churches is partnering with churches in areas impacted by recent hurricanes to raise funds for relief efforts and assistance.
+ Actively seeking a job? Join the Diaconate's 5-session Skills Training course starting September 14.
+ Interested in helping your community group serve and pray for the needs of our city? Join Hope for New York for a training on Oct. 2 to be resourced to lead your community group in mercy and justice.
+ Dating or engaged? Sign up for Premarital Seminar, a 1-day interactive seminar to help prepare you for marriage.
+ Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly on UES with Citymeals-on-wheels.
+ Redeemer Counseling will begin a 12- week group on Sexual Intergrity for Men starting September 21.