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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Moved from Fear to Joy: A Christmas Gift that Keeps Giving“He makes our sorrowing spirit sing…”


That is what our Beautiful Savior does for us.  This line from the hymn, “Beautiful Savior,” (LSB 537) communicates the salvific beauty that our Divine Redeemer exhibits each day of our lives.  In the holy season of Lent, we hear many songs.  First, we are jarred to fast in Joel (Joel 2) as we sing with David who was confronted with the Law as a sinner and who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, confessed His sin (Psalm 51).  Then, we hear of Jesus’ summoning song announcing the Kingdom (Mark 1).  We follow that melody to Jerusalem where the song of redemption is sung for us (Mark 14-15) as we anticipate the song of the young lad at the tomb of our Redeemer who proclaims, “He is risen…” (Mark 16).  Even when fasting causes our praises to seem muted during seasons of repentance and renewal, our Lord gives us reason to sing His song of salvation, beginning each day with the Name that is placed on us in Holy Baptism: “In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  He is the “Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.”


Sorrowful hearts abound, though, as we leave our bedsides as our morning prayers become mourning prayers.  Social injustice, family strife, betraying friends, unfulfilling work, and unrealized rest create a cacophony of noise around us that causes us in our sinful selves to turn in on ourselves.  It is Christ, though, who calls us through the Lenten wilderness—the winter of our discontent—into His promises of fair sunshine and pure light.  He is the Paschal light who bursts from the tomb and shines brighter than all the stars on high.  It is His Eucharistic song that calls us into the realization of our true fellowship with Christ and with each other that allows us to sing not only about how Christ saves individuals but how He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.  He calls us out from ourselves into true communion and community.


As the Lenten fast, prayer and almsgiving characterize our discipline while we seek true repentance and renewal, I pray that our Beautiful Savior will give us grace to sing.  Even sorrowing spirits can sing in Christ Jesus…our woeful heart can be lifted up to give thanks to the Lord our God at His Holy Altar where He gives us His precious Body and Blood.  Sorrowing hearts can be brought into the Savior’s soothing symphony of serenity, sanity and civility.


Peace and hope in Christ who makes our sorrowing spirit sing,




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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



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