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

“I shall live.…” (Psalm 118:17)

 

Every waking moment of our lives and every breath we take to live is a gift of God.  Living is a gift that Almighty God has given to us, not only in breathing into Adam the breath of life but also breathing life into us by the power of the Holy Spirit through Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection.  When our Redeemer saved us from sin, death, and the devil, He redeemed us to live to His glory.  As baptized children of God, we live to “recount the deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 118:17).  By God’s grace, we do this as we “receive, teach, celebrate and share Christ Jesus,” giving Him all honor, glory and praise.  We do this as a “praying community of service.”

 

In our sin, however, we often do not do this right.  We are challenged to make time for daily prayers and devotions, to take time for corporate worship, and to embrace time for living our Christian faith in the world.  We live often only to check Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.  Finding false comfort and empty love among things that perish, wither, and die, we forfeit what the living Christ has given us and devour the death that our world offers us.  As James Weldon Johnson pens it, we are “drunk with the wine of the world” and forget the One who has given us life.  Living simply becomes “surviving.”

 

And yet, through God’s Holy Word and Sacraments, our Lord forgives us and calls us to live.  “Choose life,” He says, not only to the children of Israel, but to us (Deuteronomy 30:19).  It is a gracious invitation to embrace “life to the full” for which Jesus came (John 10:10), for which He suffered and died on the cross, and for which He rose again.

 

In New York City, many people may be alive but they are not living.  They are wandering aimlessly looking for the fulfillment of the promise of a better life than the one they had before.  Thankfully, for ninety years, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church has been advocating life by sharing the life-giving Word and the life-giving Body and Blood of Christ with countless people who are lost and forlorn.  Through many changing times, styles, tragedies, sorrows, and joys, Redeemer has remained steadfast in the life-giving Word of God, offering people a place to grow, serve, and live.

 

As I consider this, I give thanks to God that He has brought me to Redeemer--a place we can call “home” where we can live.  As a parish where “God’s People Pray,” God’s people live to serve Him.  I am blessed not only to live in this great city but to serve in this great congregation where God’s people live for Him and proclaim life as Christ our Redeemer meets us to sustain us in life and to bring us to everlasting life.  We rejoice in the Lord’s Supper because we are given life and empowered to live life that brings life to others.

 

“I shall live and recount the deeds of the Lord.”  By God’s grace, we can live and we shall live as we wait in hope for the day of our crucified and risen Christ’s return.  Alleluia!  We shall live!

 

Grace, mercy and peace,

Dcs. Raquel A. Rojas

 

 

Worship Services

Saturday Liturgy: 7PM

Sunday Liturgies: 8AM & 11AM

Wednesday Liturgy: 7:30PM

 

Anointing with Oil for Healing: Once a month as indicated in the calendar.

See calendar for more >>

Members and friends of Redeemer can use PayPal to make donations online.

Your gift helps us touch

lives with God's love.

A Brief History

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

 

Members of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Yonkers who lived in the Wakefield section of the Bronx in...

Read more >>

Donate to Redeemer

Your gift helps us touch

lives with God's love.

Contact us

Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing

(Boyd and Barnes Avenues)

The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056

 

Email: office@redeemerlutheranbronx.org

Copyright © 2003 - 2018.  Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church.  All rights reserved.

This website is managed and maintained by: Naresh P. Seoprasad