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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.”

The Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, Pastor

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Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin!  (Psalm 51:1-2 ESV)

 

David the shepherding songwriter and psalm singer wrote these words when he was found out, called out and brought out of his sin with Bathsheba.  God sent Nathan to David who said to him, “You are the man!”  David needed someone to rescue him.  His loneliness in sin needed to end as David was dear to our Lord’s heart, created to be in the community of God.  Our Lord rescued him and saved his life according to His steadfast love.  God washed him and cleansed him from his sin and restored his regal dignity as a child of God.

 

Nobody likes to be “called out.”  Nobody likes to singled out.  Who likes to be wrong?  Nobody!  And yet, to be found out, called out and brought out is the only way to be delivered.   It is what Christ our Lord does for us as He meets us in the waters of Holy Baptism, gathers us to hear His Holy Word and feeds us at His holy altar.  Forgiveness, life and salvation come to those who are found out, called out and brought out.

 

Fontella Bass’ song from 1965, “Rescue Me,” reminds us that we need someone by our side to save us from our being lonely and blue.  In some ways, portions of that song echo David’s prayer.  It becomes our desperate prayer to our compassionate Lord.

 

Lent is a time to remember that we need the Lord.  Lent’s fasting, praying and almsgiving discipline us so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may hear the voice of the Nathans in our lives saying, “You are the man!” or “You are the woman!”  They are not easy words to hear.  Yet, they are the words we hear, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest so that deliverance—salvation—may be truly ours.  Christ found us out in our grave of sin and death.  He called us out of that grave of guilt.  He brought us out into new life and hope.

 

“Rescue me!”  Let that be your prayer this Lent as the days lengthen and we look for the coming of Resurrection.  Ask God for mercy.  Call on Him to blot out your sin.  He will cleanse you.  He will restore you.  Be found out, be called out and be brought out…and glory in being rescued by our Redeemer as you receive your royal inheritance.

 

Peace and love,

Pastor

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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

(Boyd and Barnes Avenues)

The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056

 

Email: office@redeemerlutheranbronx.org

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