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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church - The Bronx, New York.  A Parish of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod where “God’s People Pray.”

Dcs. Raquel A. Rojas, Deaconess

“God's People Pray”

 

“God’s People Pray” is a phrase that is heard at the Liturgies by the saints at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in The Bronx, NY.  Prayer is a described as a time to speak to our Lord, bringing everything to our Lord, including our joys, sorrows, frustrations and repentance.  Christ’s death and resurrection not only rescues us from sin but gives us access to God in prayer so that we may know that our prayers are heard and received.   Prayer is a response to what our Lord has called us to do as His children.  We come together to pray as God’s people during the Liturgies, but we also pray daily with family and on our own.  In our lives that are constantly interrupted, however, we end up missing or sacrificing the essence and the beauty of what prayer is for us as children of God.

 

 

Dr. Martin Luther, our patron saint says,

You must learn to call on the Lord. Don’t sit all alone or lie on the couch, shaking your head and letting your thoughts torture you.  Don’t worry about how to get out of your situation or brood about your terrible life, how miserable you feel, and what a bad person you are. Instead, say, “Get a grip on yourself, you lazy bum!  Fall on your knees, and raise your hands and eyes toward heaven. Read a Psalm. Say the Lord’s Prayer, and tearfully tell God what you need.” (Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional).

 

Luther depicts how difficult it can be in our lives to call on the Lord, to pray to, praise and give thanks to Him.  Our Lord not only urges us to come to Him in prayer but He commands us to pray.  Instead, though, we live our lives bending and sacrificing not to our Lord, but to our family, our jobs, and our sinful natures.  In this way, we take for granted and neglect the time, space and posture of prayer, trying to make our prayer and devotions fit into our busy our lives.  We become lazy in our postures of prayers, we are cheap in the way we give and serve, and we are distracted with our own wills when we do not desire God’s will to prevail. Prayer is a gift that we neglect often and much.

 

In our baptisms, whether we like it or not, we live our lives prayerfully and as a witness to who our God is (Matthew 5:16).  He has called us by name and made us His own through our baptisms so that we would call on Him.  With every move we make, with every word we say, and with every thought and feeling we have, we are in constant communication with our Lord as a response to what He has already done for us “...for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8 ESV).  As His children, let our mouths be filled with our Lord Jesus as He gives us His Body and Blood to eat and to drink, as He gives us His Word to speak and to sing, and as He uses our lives to serve others “as a praying community of service.” As “God’s People Pray,” let us come to His throne of grace with confidence, knowing that He has called us and gifted us to pray as a response to His amazing love.

 

Grace, mercy and peace,

Deaconess

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Saturday Liturgy: 7PM

Sunday Liturgies: 8AM & 11AM

Wednesday Liturgy: 7:30PM

 

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A Brief History

By the mercy of Almighty God, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, was founded in 1928.

 

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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing

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The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056

 

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