Worship at Redeemer begins Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

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Worship Life at Redeemer 

The worship of God together in gathered community sits at the core of our life together as a congregation here at Church of the Redeemer, United Church of Christ.  In the rhythms of prayer and music, scripture and preaching, ritual and sacrament, we come together to praise God, be renewed in our faith, lift up the needs of the world into God’s heart, and be called and empowered to go forth in mission to the world.
 

Festival Worship

Expressive, participatory liturgy; thoughtful preaching; a blend of new and traditional hymnody; and soul-stirring music are some of the elements you can expect to encounter at Church of the Redeemer each Sunday. We keep time by the seasons of the church year as we tune our hearts, minds, and spirits to the ever-present NOW of God. Worship leadership is shared by ministers, lay people, and musicians.   Our musicians and music ensembles’ repertoire covers everything from Renaissance counterpoint, to Acoustic Guitar, to Bach masterworks, to spirituals, to new compositions.

In our weekly Sunday worship, we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month and on certain other holy days.  We believe that all people are welcome at the table of Communion, no matter who you are or what you believe, you are always welcome here.

Seasonal Observances and Worship Opportunities

As we follow the cycle of the Christian year, our worship life includes a number of holy days and other seasonal observances.  These include:

  • Christmas Eve – December 24th:  We commemorate Jesus’ birth each year with a kid-friendly interactive service at 5:00 pm and a majestic traditional service at 7:30 pm
  • Ash Wednesday:  We mark the beginning of the season of Lent and our journey to the celebrations of Easter with services of reflection, confession, and the imposition of ashes, at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.
  • Palm Sunday: On the last Sunday before Easter, we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with our own palm procession, with the whole congregation joining the joyful parade into the worship service together.
  • Maundy Thursday Meal and Service:  On the Thursday before Easter, we remember Jesus and his disciples who gathered in that upper room for the “last supper.”  We listen to the retelling of the story, we break the bread, drink from the cup and share a modern Seder Meal together.  This holy night begins our final journey through to the joy of Easter morning.
  • Good Friday:  On the Friday before Easter, we remember Jesus’ death by crucifixion at the hands of officials of the Roman Empire.  We contemplate the meaning of Jesus’ death for our own journey with God, and consider how God’s solidarity with us, even to the point of death, is ‘good’.
  • Easter Sunday:  We begin our day with an early morning worship at 7:30 on the shores of Lake Erie at Huntington Beach in Bay Village. We also celebrate the joy of God’s victory over death in Christ’s resurrection with a Festival Worship Celebration at our normal 10:30 am worship service at the church and a brief, reflective  in the early morning at the top of the hill in the Storrs Cemetery.
  • Blessing of the Backpacks:  On a Sunday in late August, as our K-12 school children and youth prepare to return to school, we pray God’s presence and blessing to be with them as they embark on another year’s journey and give them a token to attach to their backpacks to remember that God is always with them.
  • Homecoming Sunday:  On a Sunday early in the fall, we gather back together after our summer vacations to celebrate the start of a new program year.  We have a vibrant worship experience, wonderful music, and follow it up with a picnic and games for all to come and enjoy!
  • All Saints Sunday:  On the first Sunday in November, we celebrate the “great cloud of witnesses”–those who have passed on into life eternal.  We especially lift up those connected with our congregation who have died in the preceding year, and we remember and honor allthose who have gone before us.
  • A Choir Cantata:  On a Sunday in late December, our gifted choir and choir leader bless us with some well chosen beautiful music during our morning worship. It is the gifts of song and voice that bring extra joy to us during this special time of year.
  • Journey to Bethlehem: This is indeed one of favorite events that we offer to the community. Many of our talented members dress up in period correct attire, along with live animals, and tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Come and experience this amazing ministry of story telling as we gather under the stars in December. 
 
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